Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Doodles

Three doodles...just for fun!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Giveaway Winner's Piece

Here's the finished piece for the winner
of the Good, True and Beautiful giveaway.
Lily chose black lettering on the white
background, with pink, blue and purple
colors in between.

Monday, February 15, 2010

CCC's Annual Juried Show at the Newberry LIbrary

I wanted to give all my reader's a heads up about the next juried art show of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective. It will be up from March 15 through May 28 at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 27, from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be calligraphy demonstrations from 11:30 am to 1 pm. At 1:00, Rick Valicenti, from Thirst, will be our featured speaker. Rick was a speaker at Letters Mingle Souls, the 2008 calligraphy conference, and thoroughly delighted the crowd with his engaging style. He brings to the calligraphic community an interesting perspective from the world of graphic design and typography. It's a program you won't want to miss!

And, of course, after Rick's presentation, the winner of the 2010 Newberry Library Purchase Prize Award will be announced.

If you're in the area on March 27th, please drop by for a visit. The reception is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

Congratulations to the Giveaway Winner!

The Good, True and Beautiful Giveaway is over. Thanks so much to all of you who visited and checked out my blog. I appreciate all the lovely comments you left about my son's (and my) artwork. You were very gracious.

Congratulations to Lily, the winner of the name art. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Once I'm finished with Lily's piece, I'll post it here and let you see what she chose.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Welcome "Good, True and Beautiful" Readers!

Hello and welcome to Wildman Designs! Thanks for coming over and taking a look around. And a big thank you to Sharon for hosting this giveaway. (Welcome to all my readers, too! If you want to get in on the giveaway, please head over to Good, True and Beautiful to find out what you have to do to win.)

I've been having fun with a new lettering style and thought it would be nice to feature it as the giveaway. If you win, you get to choose one favorite word or name done in the style shown here. You may choose the black on white version, or the white on black version. And you may give me some color choices to work with.

After the giveaway, I do hope you'll come back. I'm in the process of creating a website to launch my new graphic design, calligraphy and fine art business, and I'm hoping to have all sorts of interesting things to show you.

Thanks for looking and good luck!

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Heads-Up to All My Readers!

February 2nd was the one year anniversary of my blog! I kind of missed the date and just realized this past week that I've been doing this for a year. Well, how appropriate then that I was just contacted by one of my blogging friends, Sharon, who has a wonderful site called "Good, True and Beautiful." (Click on the button below and check it out.) Sharon asked if I'd like to participate in a giveaway for her readers, so I gladly accepted.

Visit Sharon's site on Wednesday, Feb. 10 to see what the giveaway is all about. (Hint: you'll have to come over to my site in order to win!) :-)

Good, True and Beautiful

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Artist Trading Cards Event

My local art supply store just hosted our quarterly trade tonight. I was so excited because my 7-year-old son came with me and traded 5 of his original art cards, two of which are seen below. Everyone was very gracious and welcoming, so he really got into it. Now he's hooked and wants to have a creative play date so we can make more ATCs!!! A mama's dream. :-)

Here are a couple of mine that I traded:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

More Photos of the CCC at Skokie Library

Check out some beautiful photos of the event at the Skokie Public Library's Flickr site here. These photos were taken by Ruth Sinker and are courtesy of the Skokie Public Library in Skokie, Illinois. Thank you, Ruth!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Chicago Calligraphy Collective's Public Event

The CCC was invited to exhibit our All Members' Show at the Skokie Public Library for the month of January. And as a nice finale to the show, they also invited us to do some demonstrations for the public. Well, were we pleasantly surprised when close to 200 (!!!) people came through the doors wanting to learn about calligraphy!

What an amazing day! Skokie is home to a true melting pot of people. We had people from all over the world stopping by our stations. At one point, I had 5 middle school kids sitting at my table. One was Korean, one was a Muslim, an Assyrian, a French girl, and an Israeli. How cool is that?!

There were demonstrations on pointed pen, italic, and unusual tools, as well as CCC members teaching people to make artist trading cards and flexagon valentines.

Adults and children were equally involved and had a wonderful time learning all the new techniques and letterforms. We had people begging us to come back! We were demonstrating for over 3 hours and were so busy that none of us had a chance to eat or run to the bathroom!!!

Here are some pics from the event. I had my camera, but was unable to get away from my table to take pics, so these are from my friends Kathy and Karen. (Thanks, ladies!) Unfortunately, we don't have any photos of the unusual tools demos.

New member Yeohyun and her mother, who was visiting from South Korea, try their hand at western calligraphy.

Visitors learning pointed pen.

CCC member Lisa demonstrates italic for onlookers.