Monday, October 5, 2015

Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy Watercolor Portrait

Watercolor portrait of a cutie pie Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. Original is just 5"x7".

I would love commissions for pet portraits! Email me at naomi dot bardoff at gmail dot com or use the contact form on my website.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

Butterfly Boxes Revisited

In college I made some faux-taxidermy vegan butterfly and specimen boxes. The boxes were made of Davey board and PVA and unfortunately disintegrated over the course of several moves and a long time storage. When I happened on these cute shadowbox frames at a garage sale, I revisited the project with some brand new butterfly cutouts.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Preschool Fair Illustration and Design

Watercolor pencil and digital illustrations I made for my organization's LGBTQ Inclusive Preschool fairs. Directly above and below are a couple of details. Following that is an email layout and the bookmarkers I made to promote the events. 

Check out the Our Family Coalition website for more info.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Submersible + Jelly

I did this digital illustration as a commission for a friend. The instructions were to have a cute submarine (yellow, which is their standard color, right?) hanging out with some ocean friends. 

After playing a lot with the scale of the jellyfish, I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Oakland Pride and Family Campout Design and Illustration

Here are the postcards I designed and illustrated for my organization's Oakland Pride Parade and Family Garden! It's a family-friendly space in the midst of the festival, with bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, arts and crafts, and more. Check out the Our Family Coalition website for more info.

Above is the front of the postcard, which was also the basis for the other promo we used for this event. The goal was to be definitively Oakland while also showing the fun activities kids will have. 

Directly below is the extended graphic for the Family Barbecue and Campout we had in August. Following is the back of the Oakland Pride cards, with a save the date teaser for the BBQ. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fat Birds Repeating Pattern

I had a lot of fun making up silly fat birds in this color scheme for this pattern.

The birds were painted in gouache and composited into a repeating pattern in Photoshop. A few details of the birdies below.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Let's Talk About Sex, Baby - 3 Versions of 1 Flyer

The organization I work for, Our Family Coalition, recently had a workshop on keeping the spark alive after having kids (or while in the intense process of family building, or anything else!).

I was excited about using this flyer to try something a little different, but also keeping it family-appropriate. These flyers have to hang in family resource centers, rec centers, preschools, cafes, and so on. I knew it would be a tricky balance and I was wary of spending too much of my time on it, so each of these drafts was created pretty quickly.

The above is my favorite version of the flyer I made. It was drawn on the Wacom Bamboo tablet at my office. I think the people under the covers look more like they're cuddling than anything else, but I also wasn't too surprised when it was vetoed.

Especially after you see the version below, which was approved - much more conceptual!

I was worried that this one wasn't queer enough, but those are clearly both male birds (always the more colorful of the bird genders) so at least it's a gay bird couple. It was at this point though that some colleagues even thought of about taming down the title of the workshop, but it stuck. 

After seeing my first two versions, we moved to my default - make it an animal! I draw birds quickly and have a lot of fun with them, plus I wanted exciting colors, so birds it was. 

My first draft, below, I put together in just a few minutes, after giving it some thought on my off time. I had no idea at this point whether it would be approved. I was going for an ambiguous image, and I've found that different people definitely interpret it differently! The downside was that it seemed like each person could only see one interpretation of it, rather than being able to switch like I'd hoped. 

For example, I think it could be someone putting their hand on someone's knees! But. No one else saw it that way. For most of my colleagues, it was a question of, "Well, I thought it was a butt, and I don't think it really looks like a crotch but I can see why you think so," vs. "Well, I thought it was a crotch, and I don't think it really looks like a butt but I can see why you think so." 

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