Thursday, October 28, 2010

Why So Serious?


While I take what I do very seriously and know that there are always moments to be serious, at the end of the day I want to enjoy life. There is a quote that says, "Laughter is an instant vacation." Maybe that's why I dearly love to laugh. Can't afford to travel as much as I'd like to, but laughter is free.
I love to laugh and I love to make others laugh.

Here's a couple videos of me and my friend taking a break from the endless work to have a good laugh:

Our interpretation of "A Whole New World" where our magic carpets were rolly chairs. Just stick around for the first 11 seconds of the video to see how that works out. (don't have to watch the whole thing).

Just a little fun with the MacBook Photobooth. Sometimes a silly fake laugh can lead to a real hard laugh.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Hip Hop

Self Portraits

The Ugly Duckling (original illustration and final book)

In Motion

Blast It CD case and Promotional Poster


Get Smokin' BBQ Pig

Monday, September 13, 2010

SU2C: Change The Odds PSA

Great design for an even better cause.

I first heard of the Stand Up 2 Cancer benefit from the following Ellen Degeneres on twitter and she had tweeted the video below:

I've always had a heart for others and have tried to be active in the community and give what I can to help. But, I would definitely say that since graduating college and moving back home I have thought a lot more about the impact I want to have on society, what I want my legacy to be. Seeing this PSA was a reminder of the mortality of all of us and at the same time creating a way for us to join together and help one another. I was able to tune in on September 10th and hear more about what SU2C has been able to do with the funds raised so far and donate myself. It feels good to contribute to such a worthy cause. I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't been affected by cancer or knows someone who has.

As a designer I also took notice of the design elements that I think really help draw attention to the cause. Too many times non-profits either look over the importance of a well designed brand or don't feel they can afford it. Whatever the reason these organizations suffer because branding a non-profit is just as important as branding any other business. I think that Stand Up 2 Cancer did a great job and the PSA I saw also did a great job in catching my attention. It really hit home with talking about my generation.

Check out the website at

Thursday, September 9, 2010

In the beginning... I drew.

I wanted to put up some of my old art pieces to show where my passion started.

I grew up with art in my blood. Genetics, you might say, from my dad's side. My dad has always been artistic and I grew up with him drawing little sketches, especially while the pastor was teaching at church. He had these great characters he would draw and even made a family called the "Derf" family with the main character, Fred Derf (Derf comes from spelling Fred backwards). In addition, my dad’s mom, in other words, my Grammy, was an art teacher for several years at a private Christian school. And when she retired from teaching, the school created and named an art award after her called the "Crystal Sexton Art Award." I remember having my first art lesson with her. We sat at the round kitchen table and drew a little flower and then painted in watercolor. I continued to have art lessons with her as I got older. During the summer months, my best friend and I would go to her house for lessons; and when we weren't distracting each other, we did some great work.

As a little girl, I wrote stories and then illustrated them. One of my first was about a mouse named Betsy who saved the day by killing a snake in her schoolhouse classroom with her pencil. And in the fourth grade, I wrote a story about a girl who brought her painting to life and went inside it. She was painting a rainbow, but when she ran out of red paint, she used her blood. The life from her blood brought the painting to life and she escaped into this new world. As she traveled through this land, she brought color and life back to what had become a land of black, white, and gray.

I am a non-traditional artist. Never crazy enough to fit in with the artsy-fartsy kids and yet never normal enough to fit in with all the...well…normal kids either. Rarely was I trying to make a political statement with my art nor was I a tortured soul who preferred to be left alone to work. Instead, I love being with people. In fact, some of my favorite work is portraits. Being able to capture someone is better than a stuffy still life. It wasn't until high school that I actually started to think that maybe I could have a career involving my artistic gifts. I never desired to be a fine artist, but I started to learn about this graphic design field. It was a way for me to mix art with business.

So I went to college and I became a graphic designer. But I haven't forgotten where it all started. And as I move on, I hope to do some more personal art projects as well as mixing the two mediums together. When I'm working on a project that I am really invested in and I'm able to block out all other distractions and dig in, I call it the "zone." It's kind of like going home, back to the basics, a happy place. When I'm in that zone, I am at my best and I am cookin'. At one point in time, I did a project in pastels that captured the Mary Cassatt idea of Mother and Child. Immediately I got swept away and did this piece in just over an hour. It's been awhile since I've been able to work like that, so I'm excited to dig in to a new project and get swept away again.

I don't have work from before high school available to put on here but here's some stuff I did in high school and some from my first year of college

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


A couple weeks ago I was meeting with a friend of mine (who has a growing photography business) to talk about doing some design work for her. She was showing me some stuff that she likes, which helped give me an idea of what she likes, her style sense, and the kinds of things she takes in as visual inspiration. Clearly, this isn't about taking these things and duplicating them exactly but rather filtering them all through and taking them as an inspiration to take off from. She shared with me how a lot of times people will bring with them pictures they have found and say "I want this," and she was curious as to how I deal with that kind of a request. I thought this spurred an interesting conversation on "Originality."

We all want to be the first, the trend setter, the trail blazer, and I think we can be, but I also think that whether directly or indirectly we are inspired by everything around us. Taking things in all the time, even when we may be unaware of it. So, when it comes to people seeking out inspiration for a project I don't think it makes them any less creative. The creativity comes in re-interpretation. So, if someone was to come to me and say I want this exact thing duplicated, my job as a creative problem solver isn't to march of and do it. My job is to "listen" to what they are really saying and ask the "right" questions, to figure out what it is they really want. For example someone brings you an image with a lot of polka-dots and says, "I want this." Instead of giving them exactly that, maybe what their saying is that they want a youthful or playful look or they want to incorporate a lot of color. Dig deeper and find the creativity to re-interpret.

As creatives maybe there are those ideas that come out of thin air, but honestly I think it all stems from something. An inventory of you life (the things you've seen, heard, touched, smelled, and tasted) being pulled from whether conscious or not.

So, here is a commercial for the Samsung 3D LED TV that I absolutely love and continue to watch over and over. When I saw this for the first time I immediately thought of all those 3D chalk drawing I've seen posted on the web over the year. Makes me wonder how direct the reference was supposed to be or really is. When I see these kinds of great commercials I just wish I could have been in all those meetings from inception to completion to hear the train of thought these people had.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

'Stache & Dash Bash

Which 'Stache Are You?

The event of the century... okay the decade... okay the year... the month.... hmmm well. It was A LOT OF FUN! (And I think a pretty brilliant idea which I can't take all the credit for)

It all started with my lovely roommate and friend Christi saying, "I want to have a mustache party." And I was like, "Okay." And while most great ideas get tossed to the side because we start to second guess them or get overwhelmed with boring life stuff I decided that with a week left of school it was time to make this grand idea happen. And so came 'Stache & Dash Bash.

The name came about... well because it rhymed. So since the mustache party now had dashing involved we decided to make it a mustache scavenger hunt. Invited some friends through an event on facebook, bought the supplies (fake mustaches of course), and created the scavenger hunt assignment and list to handout when everyone arrived.

Since we did it the Monday before finals we made the hunt just and hour and twenty minutes but it was a blast running around the TCU campus and part of the TCU/fort worth area. We had three teams of four which was perfect and everyone got to pick out their very own mustache. Really the pictures say it all so I will share those with you now.

Team One

Team Two

Team Three
(Waiting for pics)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Stuff to come

promise I have good stuff coming
including a "Mustache Party/Scavenger Hunt", comments on new Coca-Cola 2 liter bottles, creative borrowing?, and more
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