Topic: Art Licensing

The Sweet Life

Oh my gosh I’ve been meaning to post this for a few weeks now. Here are some of the highlights from last months Sweet Spot Event in NYC!

Before the party started- Megan and I posing behind the sweet treat bags that we made up for each of our guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course we had to serve mini cupcakes!~

I have to admit I was a little bit nervous before the event. I mean we were breaking new ground trying something new. But it was a fantastic event and we had an amazing turn out.

I wish I would have thought to take more pictures, but we were both so busy talking and having a good time that we just simply forgot.

We did however manage to take at least one group shot at the very end of the evening with all the folks that stuck it out till the end. :)

Thinking outside of the box for this event was totally well worth it! We’ll definitely be hosting The Sweet Spot again next year!!!

Returning to NYC in May

This is my ad that will be running in the Winter edition of Total Art Licensing with my pretty ladies :) Megan and I will be returning to NYC to host an evening of Cupcakes, Wine and Hors d’oeuvres!! We’re doing things up a little differently in 2013 

I’m a bit bummed that I won’t be able to make it to Atlanta for the Mart this time around, but it is for a really really good reason!!! You guys, I’m in the process of writing, illustrating and creating my first book!!! How frigin’ cool is that :) And just so happens that my first deliverable fall at the same time as the Mart, so I had to make some hard choices. Having too much going on is a really good problem to have and I am grateful for it. So all of you going to the Mart have a drink for me! Cheers~

Looking for some help from a Creative Soul!

 My wonderful intern Sofia just finished up her time with me and I am looking to connect with another creative soul that can help assist me.

Here’s a few words from Sofia ::

Hello! Sofia here, I just wanted to write a little bit about myself and my experience interning for Cindy Ann. I grew up in Orinda, CA and recently graduated from Westmont College in beautiful Santa Barbara where I studied Art with a Graphics emphasis and English Literature. I moved back to the Bay Area last September for an internship at the deYoung Museum and after finishing that up I found Cindy Ann and figured this was the perfect opportunity for me to continue learning about Art, Illustration, Design, and Art Licensing. For the past six months I have gotten to see Cindy Ann work her magic from the beginning brainstorming stages, all the way up to examining samples of her work coming straight from the companies who used her beautiful artwork. I loved getting hands-on with a lot of the work she had for me—it was a wonderful way to put all my skills I gained in college into action. I just wanted to say thank you to Cindy Ann for teaching me and showing me the life of a professional artist. It is so inspiring and gives me hope for my own future seeing her business flourish.

You can find Sofia HERE!


I’m truly going to miss seeing Sofia on a regular basis, but I know she is ready for the next step in her creative career and that there will be new and amazing things in store for her.

It’s totally a bitter-sweet moment, so as I say farewell to Sofia I am excite to take on my next creative apprentice.

I’m looking for someone who can help me with this year’s Handmade Holiday Ornament Exchange, process images, do some blogging and create layouts and assist with some administrative and arty production things and a few other projects that I have up my sleeve :)

So, if you are friendly, organized and not afraid to take initiative, offer up an idea or two, have mad photoshop & illustrator skills, and know your way around social media networks let’s chat.


Some of the things you may be doing will be:

Digital - Scanning and cleaning images for art. Formatting, posting and uploading files to my website and blog. Creating mechanicals and reformatting artwork. Updating online portfolios & doing layouts for promotional materials.

Blogging- Running a weekly column and brainstorming ideas for blog posts and columns.

Brainstorming, Research & Fact Finding- On a project by project basis, researching and gathering information and ideas on assigned subject matter. Creating mood boards and collection concept packets.

Crafty Administrative Prep- Putting together sample packs, compiling list of press contacts, follow-up, updating and maintaining mailing lists, include researching companies. Sometimes this will also include painting swatches, out and out crafting, gluing and assembly.

Tradeshow Prep- Printing, creating and organizing show materials, portfolios and display materials. Filling out forms. Organizing, and packing.

This is a volunteer position, so I really want to find someone that will benefit from the experience. I would love to feed you, help you get school credit, and teach you all that I can about illustration and the art licensing industry. Scheduling can be flexible and you can work from home for some of your hours. My home studio is located in Oakland Hills and I am looking for at least a 6 month commitment.

If this sort of thing might interest you email me at cindyann@blupenny.com  and tell me a little about yourself and include links to your resume, blog, website, shop, twitter, instagram or anything else you’d like to share. And if you can answer the following questions that will be most helpful:

What are your top 3 favorite artist or illustrators?

Why are you interested in this position?

And what you hope to gain from the experience?

I’ll email you from there. :-) And of course, if you know anyone in the SF Bay Area that you think might be interested please feel free to pass this along.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!!

to trend or not to trend?

It’s amazing these days how often I get ask if I follow trends and what I think is trending. But to be quite honest, I actually prefer NOT to follow trends and instead choose to prioritize my own personal tastes and aesthetic.

Of course, I can’t help but be somewhat influenced by what is happening in the marketplace. I think we all are. My goodness, just look at at all the beautiful imagery circulating the internet these days! Mind you, there has certainly been times when various subject matters and themes have gained popularity parallel to my own personal style, work and interests. I think that’s ok, because in the end I’m not trying to chase down a trend. I just think that if you’re always following how can you ever lead?

I’m a firm believer that if you create from a place of true heart you’re going to create better work. I myself, am aiming to create art that down the road will still be considered relevent and time-honored. I want to have some real longevity as oppose to being a fly by night fad. 

yay baby!! – Atlanta in July

Being brave sure does have it’s rewards!! I’m so very grateful that I have had the perseverance and grit to put myself and my work out into the world time and time again.

 And now I’m able to do it in a really BIG way! :)

I feel so very fortunate!

 

This is my 3rd time at The Mart and each time I go it just seems to get better and more exciting!!

I have a theory that this place is built like a maze on purpose to capture all of the amazing energy, because each time I go I have at least one magical moment, and so far this has been the most magical!!

 

 

I can’t even begin to describe to you the excitement I felt seeing all of my products on display and in person for the first time!

 

 Creative Co-op did an amazing job arranging their showroom. They beautifully showcased all of my products. It was ten times better then I had even imagined. I was totally glowing and felt like such a proud new mama!

And my goodness, the way their VP of Product Development was able to breath life into my artwork. She came up with products and fabrications I could never have envisioned myself. She’s definitely a very talented lady!

I don’t think I can say enough how very grateful I am!


   

To see all of my hard work and the convergence of everything I’ve worked for come to life is a really great feeling!!

I’m doing this! I’m really doing this!!! – was running through my head the whole time.

I am so very glad that everyday I get to do what I love, and now I have the amazing privilege of sharing my work with all of you in ways I could never have imagined 10 years ago. It’s definitely going to be a while before you can remove the perma-grin from my face. :)

I mean, now you can purchase all of these amazing products for your home. You can hang them on your walls, arrange them on your tables, lay your head down on them to rest, drink from them and even have them blowing in the breeze on your lawn.

How friggin’ COOL is that!?!

 I feel like I’m still having a pinch me moment!

 

Aren’t these plates just darling?! And how crazy, that I didn’t even realize that they had part of my designs printed on the backs until one of the sales rep’s turned one over to show me. It was a very nice little unexpected surprise :)

 

Yep, Caroline and I totally match! I promise you we didn’t plan that. :) I guess we were just channeling the same fashion goddess.

Caroline had an AMAZING launch with Creative Co-op too!! All of her new products took up the whole front of the showroom. She must have had way over 100 SKU’s debuting! Really remarkable and SUPER inspiring!! Congrats Caroline! :)

Eeep! My cowgirl collection was placed right up front by the window next to the super fab Kelly Rae. :) How cool, to be in such close proximity! My fingers are crossed that some of her magic will rub off.

So, I have to tell you, that the idea for this collection grew from a one day urban excursion to check out the downtown Denver Area while I was attending a design conference back in the summer of 2010. I stopped by the iconic Rockmount Ranchwear store dubed ”THE Western Shirt Shop” and couldn’t get cowgirls off my mind.

Gosh, I’m so glad that I took the time to take in the sites. It just goes to show you that inspiration comes from anywhere!! And the funny thing is that my sister is actually the horseback rider in the family. She has a farm with two horses and three ponies. My daughter just loves spending the summer with them. I mean isn’t that every little girls dream, to have a pony even if it is just for the summer.

Since all these collections are so new, I don’t yet have a list of specific stores where you can buy them. But If you are just dying to get your hands on one of these items you can go ahead and contact Creative Co-op directly and they will be able to direct you. :)

 

 And if that wasn’t exciting enough I also had slew of new products launching with Magnet Works!!

Oh my gosh you guys! I just love working with this company!! They totally embody all the things I look for when I decide if I want to work with a company. I feel so very fortunate to have found it with them.

I truly believe that in work, as in life, it all comes down to having great relationships with good people and these are some good peeps! I feel so honored to be one of the artists in their new breakout collection celebrating life’s joys and special occasions!

And what a perfect match! Because honestly isn’t that what life’s all about! Celebrating and honoring the people that come into our lives!

 

My goodness can you believe that all of this started with a dream that I had. A small thought that I wanted to be able to see my artwork out in the world. The idea that I wanted it to be able to be fully ingrained and integrated into peoples everyday lives. This has been a dream that I’ve been willing to work really hard for. I truly believe that thoughts and actions become your reality. And I am so glad that this is now mine. I’ve been thinking and dreaming about this for a long time!!! And I am so very thankful for all that I have in my life!

And you know that I can’t attend a show without at least having one (or more) nights hangin’ with the girls. Where somehow I always proceeded to way over-share. :) But that’s just who I am so I’m working on just embracing it.

It was so much fun to hang with the darling Kate & Caroline and of course my marketing maven Myleen. These ladies are AWESOME! We were laughing so hard that by the end of the night my stomach hurt. Always a good sign! :)

launching with creativeco-op

Oh my gosh you guys, I’m not very good at keeping secrets and I’ve been dying to share this really BIG news with you all. I’ve been biting my tongue for months and I finally just got the OK to share.

I will be partnering with CreativeCo-op!!

And my new product lines will be launching at

The Mart this weekend!!! 

Here’s just a small preview of what they will be carrying. 

Ahhhh…it doesn’t get any better then this, oh wait it does!!! I also have a new products with Magnet Works debuting for the first time as well.

One of these day’s I’ll have to share with you the story of how this all came about but for now just know that grit, perseverance and passion are an amazing combination :)

I need HELP!!! :: Seeking my next creative inter

Oh my gosh I’m gonna be needing some major help!! Just look at this place. I’m still not sure where everything is. I’ve just been making do, cause I’ve been THAT busy!! …AND my intern Denyss just wrapped up. I’m already missing her. :) Here’s what she has to say about her experience:

DF: Hola! I am a BayArea native and a graphic designer. I was given the pleasure to intern for the lovely and talented Cindy Ann. My experience for the past 6 months with her has been amazing. It has really opened up my eyes to a lot of wonderful things and people. It gave me confidence in myself and work. Cindy Ann provided me with so much inspiration, more than she will ever know. Thank you Cindy Ann for allowing me in your home, your space and for the opportunity. Until we meet again.

Love Always,
Denyss

Here’s where you can find Denyss ::

facebook

creative hotlist

So as I say good-bye to Denyss I am looking forward to taking on my next creative apprentice.

I’m looking for someone who can help me organize my studio, process images, do some blogging and create layouts and assist with some administrative and arty production things. If you are friendly, organized and not afraid to take initiative, offer up any ideas or two, have mad photoshop & illustrator skills, and know your way around social media networks let’s chat.


Some of the things you will do will be:

Tradeshow Prep- Printing, creating and organizing show binders, portfolios and display materials. Filling out forms. Organizing, and packing.

Digital - Scanning and cleaning images for art. Formatting, posting and uploading files to my website and blog. Creating mechanicals and reformatting artwork. Updating online portfolios & doing layouts for promotional materials.

Administrative Prep- Putting together sample packs, compiling list of press contacts, follow-up, updating and maintaining mailing lists (include researching), sending e-mails.

This is a volunteer position, so I really want to find someone that will benefit from the experience. I would love to feed you, help you get school credit, and teach you all that I can about illustration and the art licensing industry. Scheduling can be flexible and you can work from home for some of your hours. My home studio is located in Oakland Hills and I am looking for at least a 6 month commitment.

If this sort of thing might interest you email me at cindyann@blupenny.com  and tell me a little about yourself and include links to your resume, blog, website, shop, twitter, or anything else you’d like to share. And answer the following questions: Name your top 3 favorite artist or illustrators. Why are you interested in this position and what you hope to gain from the experience. I’ll email you from there. :-)

And of course, if you know anyone in the SF Bay Area that you think might be interested please feel free to pass this along.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!!

Some new Holiday Art!

The holidays are coming!! So what better way to celebrate then to share with you a few new holiday designs.

I call this new series “A Holiday Tradition”.  I’ve been feeling the pull to do some more traditional inspired work. I think it may have something to do with the state of the world and the economy right now.

I’ve been feeling the need to embrace tradition a bit more then I have in past years. And I don’t think it’s just me feeling this way. I think others are also feeling the need to go back to their roots and are embracing those traditions that they hold near and dear to their hearts.I tried something I little different this time and broke out my collection of ephemera. I scanned in a few pieces to use for the background as well as some ribbons and bows I had saved for just the right time.

All and all I’m really happy with the way they all turned out.

If you are interested, they are available for licensing just shoot me an email :-)

Share Out :: The Sellable Sketch

I just signed up for one of Michelle’s e-course. I felt I could use a bit of a refresher and perhaps learn a few new things. Take a look at her video explaining the class. She’s really offering up some really great content covering all the essentials. How could you lose!?

 

So who wants to join me? The class starts on Nov 7th so there is still time to sign up and I’d love to take it with a few friends!!

Michelle is also offering a class called The Ultimate Guide to Repeats and Other Textile Design Essentials that you may also be interested in. I figured I’d start with the Sellable Sketch and if I feel like I need a bit more I’d sign up for that one too. It might cover some stuff that I already know, but I’m always open to learning and looking at things from a different angle, and besides taking a class is always a great motivator.

If you’re strapped for cash and can’t take the class you should at the very least check out her blog Pattern Observer it’s total eye candy and a great trend watching source!!