Yellow Brick Road, Little Red Shoes

A visual blog about illustration and process. Things I make and do.

Picked up a couple of new pen nibs last week, and now there’s a new sheriff in town. 

Picked up a couple of new pen nibs last week, and now there’s a new sheriff in town. 

Hey, remember when we used to hang out down at the soda fountain back in the ’50s, sipping on root beer floats while fiddling with our smart phones? That was peachy keen.
Illustration for a new dating app. Men should wear more bow ties.

Hey, remember when we used to hang out down at the soda fountain back in the ’50s, sipping on root beer floats while fiddling with our smart phones? That was peachy keen.

Illustration for a new dating app. Men should wear more bow ties.

Mice and Frogs, and Sinterklaas

You may remember a few weeks ago I blogged about branching out in new directions with creating patterns. Well, since then, I met with a local surface design studio and, upon their suggestion, started noodling over some designs for Sinterklaas wrapping paper. These are my first two patterns, and I’m happy to report that my rep took them on. So, which one is your favorite: the old sentimental standard with Saint Nick on his horse, or the playful take on the chocolate mice and frogs that are used to fill children’s shoes for the holiday?

hipogram asked: Thanks for the kind words about the textures! It's something I'm striving to understand more completely. Any advice on the subject?

Hi Hipo!

You mean like tips? Not really, but it’s something I’m thinking about and working towards myself a lot these days. I’ve been doing more with creating textures and scanning them in, like I mentioned in this post: http://rachellemeyer.tumblr.com/post/79872574890/little-books-of-salty-shanties-oh-dear-i-have

But I think everyone needs to discover their own method. It’s about finding a way to engage the eye, slow it down by creating traction for it with some grit and interference. It’s the post-modern leap beyond the digital creative revolution. Them’s my thoughts.

I like seeing your work on Tumblr and thanks for all the past <3 ‘s!

x Ra

PARTY PIG PATTERN - or - Snickers Has a Hootenanny
I’m branching out in new directions, designing patterns for use in retail settings. I started this one thinking it would be perfect for gift wrap, but now I can really imagine it on textile for that perfect party dress or dress shirt for a child. Can you think of some other uses?

PARTY PIG PATTERN - or - Snickers Has a Hootenanny

I’m branching out in new directions, designing patterns for use in retail settings. I started this one thinking it would be perfect for gift wrap, but now I can really imagine it on textile for that perfect party dress or dress shirt for a child. Can you think of some other uses?

I’ve been experimenting with new ways of rendering animals (and the occasional human) for a percolating personal project.

Did several spot illustrations of farmyard animals for a website recently, but this little fellow was rejected by the client. So I have decided to adopt him and name him Snickers.

Did several spot illustrations of farmyard animals for a website recently, but this little fellow was rejected by the client. So I have decided to adopt him and name him Snickers.

http://litographs.tumblr.com/post/84970978431/i-had-the-pleasure-of-visiting-green-apple-books

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I had the pleasure of visiting Green Apple Books in San Francisco for California Bookstore Day this past Saturday. They had a full slate of literary events that appealed to readers of all ages — a writing workshop for kids, autographs and dating advice from Dave Eggers, and a darn good…

I am super proud to have been a part of this. I made this design for Litographs of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and it got a glowing autographed endorsement from Dave Eggers. Boy howdy.

Sheep for Sale  

You would think that after my recent trip to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, I would be back with lots of news about children’s books. But no, right now I need to talk to you about SHEEP. Lots and lots of sheep.

Here are some examples of a collaboration I’ve done with textile and knitwear designer Simone van Eerdenburg, who also has a studio in my building at Werkplaats 5. I had some of the posters I designed for Litographs downstairs in our communal kitchen, and she was intrigued by the way I created a layered field of sheep in my illustration for Nietzsche’s Beyond Good And Evil. That would make a good textile design, she thought. And thus, a blanket was born. And a scarf, too! Both available in adult and children’s sizes.

We adapted the idea into an original design using a native breed from the Netherlands, Drentse heideschapen. The material is lovely to touch, and it makes for a great springtime wrap on a crisp evening with a book and a cuppa. The products are available on Simone’s website: www.knitsforyourinspiration.com