Portfolio Project #1

Fox Birth Announcement #angiesandy #illustration #portfolioproject

I needed a goal for the month of October so I came up with this idea of a Portfolio Project. I will do my best to add a new portfolio piece each day of the work week in the month of October.  All that to say here is todays piece. A cute illustrated fox with hand lettering and a clean layout.

Now booking licensing and contract work for 2015! Please drop me an email and introduce yourself, I would love to work with you!

The Craft Cafe Brand Styling

The Craft Cafe Brand | Angie Sandy Art Licensing & Design #branding #angiesandy #handlettering

I was contacted by Claire from Heart Handmade for help in creating a brand for a special feature on her blog called The Craft Cafe. She had a clear vision of what she wanted and loved the whimsical hand drawn feeling of many of my projects. Based on that I created a hand lathered logo, linking buttons, tiling backgrounds and a set of over 50 hand drawn clip art images. 

Claire was a dream to work with and I loved the chance to spread my wings on a branding projects, I haven't done one in such a long time. Thank you Claire for trusting me with your project! Look for the next The Craft Cafe feature on Friday!

MATS Part B Week 3 - Scrapbooking

Angie Sandy #makeartthatsells scrapbook homework

Last week was a fun one in MATS. It actually started out rocky and I wasn't loving anything I was doing and then suddenly the switch flipped and I knocked out something I loved in a day! I went back to my roots, hand drawn and inked lines, and imported them into AI. From there I just worked to create a lovely half drop repeat and made all the icons work together. I love this market and hope to one day get work in this area!

MATS PART B Week 2 - Baby Apparel

Week 2 was my favorite theme so far and a market I see myself working in. Baby apparel was the market with a pirate theme. I went crazy sketching pages and pages of fun icons. From the beginning it started with an animal theme which I ended up using in my finished piece. I went with a soft palette in hopes it would target the girl side of the market. I'd love to know what you think!

MATS Part B Week 1 - Greeting Cards

I have been MIA for weeks on the blog and it isn't because I haven't been here working. In the past month I have finished a number of projects, a few I can't announce yet, but I am so thrilled to have worked with some great new clients and friends! So let me just say there is a lot going on behind the scenes. 

I also started part B of Make Art That Sells and I am dedicating time every week without fail to finish the projects. In part A last fall I had too much on my plate and had to let several of the projects just slide right by. I am not letting that happen this time around. 

Week one was all about the paper market, I have done a lot of work in the photo card industry so it was fun to approach it from more of a greeting card direction. The guidelines for the project were a gingerbread themed holiday card.

One thing I have learned in the past few projects I have been involved inis that I like to do the sketching and then translate that into an image on the computer. In the past I was really fond of making beautiful drawings and then inking them and using live trace to translate them on the computer.  On that note here is just one of my very rough, not very pretty sketches for the card for week one paper project in MATS.


After many changes and time spent perfecting the design this was the image I submitted which I am thrilled to say was selected by Lilla for review in the weekly roundup. I thought the design was very cute but I wasn't sold on all the blue in the background and that was the one thing Lilla said I could improve in the design so I have included the before and after of that below as well ( I am still not sold on it but had to move on to my pirates for last weeks homework). I'd love to hear from you if you have suggestions or thoughts as well!

MATS Week 2 Homework


Phew this week was a challenge for me. The subject matter was Bromeliads, a plant I've never heard of. We spent the first 2 days researching and drawing these lovely plants and then transformed them into a dining plate line. The subject of the week being Home Decor. I think I LOVE this market! Funny how you never think of something and then poof it is thrown upon you and you think you may have missed your calling in life.

A Glimpse Into the Design Work

Here is one of the sketches, inked and details added on a sheet of tracing paper. I had a hard time choosing my final images but this flower was one of my favorites and ended up being the centerpiece of the majority of the plates.


Making it Beautiful

After scanning the sketches I bring all of my them into Illustrator and get to work editing, coloring, and finalizing each piece. After numerous hours of work, fighting with myself over color and elements I ended up with these two completed color ways. Do you have a favorite? I really like the blue but decided to submit the coral for my weekly homework.


MATS Week 1 Homework


The first week of Make Art That Sells has come to a close. I turned in my homework on Friday so I had time to enjoy my weekend. I pushed my pyrex and berries a little further in my finished work and included some word art and canisters as well. The bottom two patterns are complimentary designs intended to go with the main design.

I've been pin pointing my design style for the past few months and really am starting to feel confident in what I like and my own, unique design style. I hope this class helps me continue that journey.

Happy Fall! New Seasonal Clip Art Available


Fall & Christmas Clip Art Coming Your Way!

This week I finished up a few clip art sets that have literally been sitting on my computer for months! There are two new Christmas sets, Down Home Christmas and Holly Jolly along with one Fall Grateful Heart set.

Each set is lovingly created from my hand drawn images, vectorized and colored. I pay special attention to all the little details to create a whimsical, set that you will find fun and unique and be able to use on YOUR projects!

Find all of the sets in my Creative Market store, don't miss the intro pricing on Holly Jolly and Fall Grateful Heart sets, good until Monday!