I have a lot to be thankful for this year as it has been both impossibly difficult and remarkably fruitful. A large portion of my gratitude goes to the kindness of total strangers, who have transformed my world over the past 9 months, and the rest can be attributed to the strong shoulders of close family and sweet friends onto which I have leaned. Thank you all, my unnamed warriors.
At the start of 2012 I half jokingly claimed this to be my year – the year of the Dragon, and indeed it has been! It came with a thunderous reckoning! But it ain’t over till the fat lady delivers a heart-stopping vocal bravado (which will be me after the holidays *sob* goodbye waistline *sob*). And I have enough fight left to deliver some spectacular new projects in the next few weeks.
Honestly, I’m just glad to have power again. Hurricane Sandy left a total disaster zone and commuter hell. Storm Support is making an effort to give back to storm victims through great design! ALL profits from sales go to benefit various charities around the NYC/NJ area and will directly help those in need. My contribution is a cute lil’ french bulldog Storm Pup – go get him!
Most importantly, I hope that you are enjoying the best damn Thanksgiving meal of your life today (or at least, one worthy to be a close second).
Happy Holidays! Lets not lose our minds over Black Friday deals, mmkay?
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Today was an interesting day! In an out of the ordinary turn of events, I got to make a little presentation for my coworkers as part of a Share/Inspire session series held in the design department, talking all about my love interest, Torynova Couture. I got to do a little vis-a-vis modeling as well for our show ‘n tell sesh’. Yes, my workplace is hilarious and awesome (yay! Dumbo, Brooklyn).
For those who don’t know, TNC is an apparel collection I created some time ago, featuring illustrated garments based off of classical works of various literary arts. Inspired by such things like Swan Lake, Carmen, and Shakespeare, my prints have been been featured in a variety of locations, while the garments have been selling online and in select boutiques. The ladies and gents I presented to were fabulously patient with me as I fumbled through how the collection came about and other useless details. The photos have turned out looking awesome!
You are also welcome to watch my presentation below, which a coworker so cleverly captured for future sharing purposes! I hope you at least find it mildly entertaining. Also, a special shout out to my lovely model who was unfairly coerced by me to stand and be present throughout, yay camaraderie!
FYI, you can see the actual prints of the artwork on my website: torynova.com
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Finally I can give a bit of clarity on what it is I actually do these days as a concept artist. The company I work for is represented in the general scope as part of News Corp‘s new media K-12 education division called, Amplify.
Amplify has recently launched its new website, and if you fish around, you can find great videos that highlight the key aims of the company, and if you REALLY dig deep, you’ll be able to find yours truly! As I said before, I get to work on a variety of conceptual as well as production art for tablet-based games. It’s pretty awesome to have been included, and since the videos are already made public, I can just pinpoint the shots that are relevant to me. =)
Here is the full video, you can find my work starting at 2:23 :
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Wouldn’t ya know it? I have somehow been sucked into a Bills-madness worm hole! Earlier this spring, Store716.com approached me to revamp a design, graphic designer Milo Kowalski and I had orchestrated for our own purposes (seen here on his blog).
Seems like our tongue-in-cheek image of Buffalo Bill’s football coach, Chan Gailey has spread all over twitter, the city of Buffalo, and whatever else encompasses the Bills-o-sphere. Milo tells me cries of “Yes We Chan!” have always resonated in the formerly known HSBC arena (and really, in any sports facility ever frequented by a Buffalonian). Now we have provided an image to correlate to the memorizing cheers of fans!
I’m still a bit stunned.
All I can say is, Go Bills!
Keep an eye out for other additions soon to be revealed by store716.com that will also feature my illustrations, which I’m very excited about. Can’t wait to get a t-shirt in the mail so I can add my own instagram/twitter photo to those already tweeted by Bills players.
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