The second part of our day we spent visiting the Joslyn Castle in Omaha, NE. We were unable to go inside as the doors were locked yet we saw through the window people eating. We walked a little further around the side of the castle and understood why. There on the lawn, we saw a newly married couple having their wedding photos taken. We slipped away quietly but not before I capture this memory. It was so hot outside that we headed midtown to Blackstone for homemade ice cream at the Coneflower Creamery. The ice cream was amazing! Since it's all homemade the flavors are really heighten and burst in your mouth. We can't wait to go back, the next time we are in town. They make the most unusual flavors and we want to try them all! Color palette inspiration for this piece is from the Coneflower Creamery, my love of coneflowers and the love this newly married couple shared.
My final bookcover assignment for January's #matsbootcamp. We were tasked to draw what we imagined was inside a famous person's bag. I was already a huge admirer of Maira Kalman's paintings, books and other work so researching her life and creating this illustration was pure joy.
I recently started taking the Make Art That Sells illustration courses and I'm loving them. I created this illustration for the January warm up mini of what's in my bag. While traveling in Texas I've been walking the beaches most days and bring home lots of shells which inevitably end up in my bag.
Wishing you a Happy Valentines Day with this new illustration!
If you haven't designed a coat of arms I encourage you to do so. It's a wonderful way to do some self exploration about what defines you as an individual.
My inspiration for this illustration comes from my interest in all things 19th century Victorian, particularly my love of Staffordshire figurines, and in researching the history of a coat of arms. I envisioned a charming cat and dog (my loyal supporters) to be part of a beloved royal family (mine in another life perhaps?) evidenced by the crest of a crown. The leaf work and flowers that define the shape of the shield or cartouche, were inspired by my love of plants and the outdoors. And last but not least, I included my motto "Maggie Summers Illustration" on the cartouche and banner or baberole, which clearly defines me as an illustrator. In this way, my Coat of Arms becomes my individual trademark.
The oldest documented example of a coat of arms was created in 1127 A.D. That's pretty amazing!
To design your own coat of arms, think about what each part means to you as an individual and how to best express those ideas through your choice of creative mediums.
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