Bringing winter to Florida

Megan here!  We had a "cold front" on the Space Coast of Florida a while ago, but it's been consistently in the 70s and 80s since.  Guess that's a good thing compared the rest of the country - but I like my winter time season, regardless. Growing up in California made me ache for seasons, too.

To conjure up some of that colder weather, I created this group:

Anemone Blue

Above designs would be great for: Greeting Cards, Art Prints, Garden Flags, or even T-shirt designs.

Above designs would be great for: Greeting Cards, Art Prints, Garden Flags, or even T-shirt designs.

Annnnd, I kind of love it.  I wasn't sure where to start, but I knew I wanted to keep a blue and white theme.  It's a trend, you know!

I wanted a big bold flower to set off the "white" portion of the design, so I went back to my favorite flower, the California Poppy, and discovered it has a botanical relative, the Anemone.  And this flower is just as pretty, but with a little more quirk.  So off I went! 

I got to try out some new lettering, too.  It's kind of flourishy, with a bit of Old-English flair. 

Above designs would be great for: Home Decor (blankets, coasters, art prints), bolt fabric, and apparel. And more!

Above designs would be great for: Home Decor (blankets, coasters, art prints), bolt fabric, and apparel. And more!

I'm hoping this collection makes you think of moonlit nights and frosty windows. But at the same time, I'm hoping you're warm wherever you are, and you can always visit Florida for a pick-me-up from your winter blues.

 

I'd love to find some homes for this artwork. 

I'm very attached to it would love to see it be snatched up a few markets.
Click the buttons below if you're interested in licensing or buying, respectively.

-Megan

 

 

 

Getting through the winter with floral art therapy.

I live in Minnesota and we have a reputation for being the land of ice and snow. And yes, the winters get long around here. I love winter but come March I’m very ready for spring. This is when being an artist has its perks because in my work I can make it whatever season I want, even when the view on my canvas does not at all match the view from my window. Here’s a look at some of the ways I’ve been surviving this winter through some art therapy. 

Painting “play” in my sketchbook with some new Kuretake watercolors. 

Painting “play” in my sketchbook with some new Kuretake watercolors. 

A new collection, Bird Song, with some of my favorite colors. 

A new collection, Bird Song, with some of my favorite colors. 

I’m an avid gardener and I grow a lot of flowers in my yard. I’m also lucky enough to live near the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and I make frequent trips there for inspiration.

I’m an avid gardener and I grow a lot of flowers in my yard. I’m also lucky enough to live near the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and I make frequent trips there for inspiration.

Another floral collection, this time in watercolor. Flowers are, hands down, my favorite thing to paint. 

Another floral collection, this time in watercolor. Flowers are, hands down, my favorite thing to paint. 

Another floral collection, this time it was created digitally.  

Another floral collection, this time it was created digitally.  

 

I’m sure I’ll be painting and drawing a lot more flowers in the months to come, it’s only January after all! P.S. All the above collections are available for licensing/purchase if you’re an art director in need of some florals! Get in touch!

Greetings from Minnesota! 

Greetings from Minnesota! 

Back from Blue Print!

Pencil Parade is back from New York and our first trade show, Blue Print! We all arrived in New York from our various and widespread homes on May 20. We spent the next few days meeting some great potential new clients, connecting with existing clients, sharing our work with all our visitors, selling artwork, and getting to know other wonderful artists, designers, and mentors.

The Pencil Parade art collective booth at Blue Print Show #2: May 21-23.

The Pencil Parade art collective booth at Blue Print Show #2: May 21-23.

Although Pencil Parade has been working together as a collective for about two years this was actually the first time we met each other in "real" life! Facebook and Skype are great but it was refreshing to be with each other in person and go through this exciting new experience together. We all get along great and it worked really well to exhibit as a group this year. We were told again and again how our work complements each other and exhibiting together meant we were able to utilize each of our individual strengths.

We found Blue Print to be a great experience for us and we're all feeling confident it will lead to some exciting new ventures. We had visitors from fabric companies, apparel, gift wrap and stationery, greeting cards, wall art, and home decor. The atmosphere of Blue Print was really fun and relaxed and that helped everyone, from exhibitors to clients, to enjoy the show. Many thanks to Andrea and Paul from Cinnamon Joe Studio for creating this show and for all the work they do to make it a reality. We're looking forward to next year!

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Being in New York while Blue Print, Surtex, and the National Stationery Show were all occurring simultaneously also gave us a great chance to meet up with a number of other artists and designers we interact with online. We're a very active and supportive community and it was incredible to see everyone converge on the same place from all over the world. In a way it felt like we were all preparing for the shows together. So while we were definitely busy with the show we managed to sneak in some fun time as well! 

If you visited Pencil Parade at Blue Print this year thanks so much for stopping by! We'll be in touch! You can always visit out artist pages here on this site as well as our individual websites (Betsy | Brooke | Katherine | Megan) for more art from each of us. 

Speed up your work flow with Automation Magic

 

Megan of Pencil Parade is excited announce her new class:

Automation Magic!

Photoshop Tutorials, How to use actions, Photoshop actions, Actions and Droplets, Master Photoshop, Photoshop Masterclass, Illusration and Photoshop

Jump-start your illustration business by learning how to maximize Photoshop's potential. 

Do you have 20, 40, or 60+ images to print for a trade show?

Find it time-consuming to get your designs ready for social media?

Have trouble locating your files?

Are you losing potential money because the post-process takes so long?

In AUTOMATION MAGIC, you'll learn How actions and droplets give your valuable time back so you can focus on making art and making money.

For less than the cost of a pair of Toms...

You'll be mastering Actions and Droplets for specific use in your illustration biz...


Check out the class trailer


You'll learn:
four main tools +  get three mini-nuggets!

After you take this class, you will...
• Master automation tools Actions & Droplets in Photoshop.
• Become a faster designer allowing you to accept more paying work.
•  Further your understanding of the tool of your trade.
• Learn about systems on multiple levels.
Organize your computer AND your workflow.
• Be less stressed about trade shows knowing you won't waste a day printing.
• Get bragging rights to your speed and efficiency.
• Find more ways to apply these methods by reading & filling out the Worksheet.


What you Get

Automation Magic Package, learn photoshop, photoshop tutorials, actions and droplets

For the cost of a swimsuit set at Target...

you will improve your speed and efficiency in PS for the lifetime of your business.

If you have any questions, go to Megan's website and read the FAQ's at the bottom of the page, or send her an email: hello@megandunagan.com.

 

New Website Design + Fun Stuff

Kicking off the new year with a brand spankin' new website plus updated artist bios & a trade show page.

We are still the same four ladies (Betsy, Brooke, Katherine, and Megan) and as it comes to year TWO (we know, right?!) of being a collective, We've gotten to know each pretty well, now!  As of now, have yet to meet each other in person, but that's changing soon...and we're so excited! 

It really is cool to have other artists that have similar goals and to know what's going on.  Google Hangout sessions are great, as well, because we don't have to really remind each other of what's going on...we're in it together and are rooting each other on.

meet us in May, come see us at Blueprint!

Pencil Parade exhibiting at Blueprint

Some great news this year!

Pencil Parade will be exhibiting at our first ever trade show!

We're headed to Blueprint to meet some fabulous people and we hope you'll be one of them.

We will be exhibiting at Show #2 in May 2017 (22nd-23rd) and will be showing new surface pattern designs & illustrations available for licensing or purchase.

If you are an Art Director, Manufacturer or Buyer, please make an appointment with us to view our portfolios. We would love to meet with you! 

Blueprint is free to attend but you must register on Blueprint's website to get access to the show.