Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Al's bedroom makeover

Our main gift to Al this Christmas was to makeover his bedroom. Here's the before and after. -C & M

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bowie/ Costello/ Yorke

Mirna painted those dear to me, with plans on expanding the series. -C


This is a collection of different quotes from those close to Mirna I put together for her main Christmas gift. -C

Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Magic

To all of our family and friends. -C & M

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

ShoeboxBlog Halloween Posts

I recently joined the Alternative Humor studio at work. This is a series of Halloween themed "quotes of the day" I contributed to the ShoeboxBlog. -C

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cake decorating

After designing my own Wedding Cake (which is really not that involved, so I'm not posting it), my friend Tobe asked me to collaborate with another artist friend (Amy Kligman) to design her Wedding Cake. Amy and I wanted to do a test cake, so we decided to make Tobe's Bridal Shower Cake. Tobe picked the colors and we just went with it! It was a lot of fun. I could see myself doing more of this in the future ;) -m

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Book!

Hello everyone!
Long time since posting.
Well it's been a busy year and many things have distracted us from making lots of art. However, that will change soon. We will try and focus more on personal work starting late October. Until then, here's a little collaborative book I worked on with my dear friend Maura Cluthe. "It's Not Easy Being Brave" was written by Megan Haave. Making the book was really a great process. Maura and I did everything together! First we created all background textures with acrylic paint. Next we drew out the outline on acetate and scanned everything in. We added some color and detail in Photoshop. Lastly, while I was in Florida getting married Maura finished the layout of the book - lettering and all! The stuffed monster comes with the book. We really appreciated the freedom we had in designing it. It pretty much turned out like the mock up we made!
Another, very cool addition to this book was that my 8 year old step son Alex got to participate in the making of this book. The part where the boy in the book writes a note to Pip (his monster pet), as well as the "This book belongs to" page was Alex' handwriting and drawing. I'm very proud to have officially collaborated with him on his first nationally published piece of art. He also gets mentioned in the credits. Now, how many 8 year olds do you know that can say that???
Hope you like it! If you'd like to own it, "It's Not Easy Being Brave" is out in the Hallmark stores right now. -m

Monday, July 13, 2009

Here's just a quick drawing I did a couple of nights ago. It's about those moments when we wish we had a "mute" button for certain people... -m

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Fuzzy Bunny?

I recently got moved to a talented team of illustrators called Pink Sky, who specialize in sophisticated cute. I questioned, why me? This is not what I do. Apparently they wanted a masculine/designer's perspective brought to the team. I put up this installation piece outside my new booth as a statement. A spokes that represents me in an abstract way. I found this image of a rabbit's head on a cabaret dancer smoking. It asks, "You were expecting a fuzzy bunny?" Pink paint drips throughout. -C

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I participated in a new project led by my old school, Ringling. 100 images done by 100 artists all interpreting a common concept. This year’s concept... WAKING THE GIANTS.

This was created by two students who have set it up so that every penny of profit will go towards creating new scholarships for students to help them achieve what we have all benefited from already.

So, this piece is an ode to how music fuels my creativity when I work. Music is the vehicle to waking my giants. When played, I'm working hard. When paused, I'm hardly working. -C

Monday, March 2, 2009

Chris' surprise wedding video

Finally I can stop sneaking around! For about 2 months I spent most every weekend at work creating this surprise video for Chris. He thought I was just really busy, and completely supported my overachieving attitude toward Hallmark.
I really wanted him to have absolutely no clue that I’m doing anything at all for him at our wedding. I didn’t want him to sense that there might be a surprise coming. I think I succeeded. The hardest thing was not being able to tell him when I learned something new in After Effects- which happened every day… We talk about work and our creative process all the time, and I was dying to share this new passion of mine with him.
However, it was worth it. I hope someone captured his face at our wedding when the movie started rolling. Our friend Sergio Moreno-Denton (who also performed our ceremony with his lovely wife Emily Akins) did an amazing job of finding the perfect equipment for the showing, setting everything up without me having to worry about anything, and all that while he kept it secret. Thank you Sergio!!!
My main goal was to show Chris in a creative and visual way what he means to me. He did such a lovely job surprising me when we got engaged, I really felt an urge to do something very special for him in return.
So, technically and creatively speaking, this may not be the best movie you’ve ever seen. But it just might be the most honest, raw, and genuine outpour of my emotions. It's also very small online compared to being projected on screen. Some details are lost. The writing on the bottom is the translation in Bosnian.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to applying some of what I learned in the process to future projects at Hallmark and in our freelance work. I think Chris and I could create some really fun movies together!
Enjoy! -m

Monday, February 23, 2009

Wedding Gift/ Poster

And so it begins. Families merge. Two become one. This was our favorite collaboration to date. Credit Mirna for the concept. She drew out the line work for the trees and hand lettered the names of invited attendees and family. She also added a nice secondary element with the organic leaf shapes. Then I took over and lettered the heading, added the textures/colors, and integrated the faces into the trees using some vector faces of ours I'd experimented with a while back. Then I used some pages of an old book I'd gotten as a gift from Mirna to create the grassy earth textures in the ground. I then pulled out some words to form subtle phrases that signified our unity. We were both really happy with the outcome and excited to give them to our guests. -C

Wedding Gift/ CD Art

It's official. We're married. We're really looking forward to creating art other than for ourselves. This is one of two gifts we gave to our friends and family who attended the wedding. Seeing as our DJ was an iPod mix I compiled, I knew I wanted to burn a sampling of what music was played that night. Here's what I came up with. -C