Sunday, June 28, 2015

San Francisco Pride 2015


Check out the postcards I designed and illustrated for my organization's San Francisco Pride and Family Garden! It's a family-friendly space in the midst of the festival, with games, facepainting, play structures, a bubble party, and more. Check out the Our Family Coalition website for more info.

(We are still waiting for confirmation that there will be unicorns too.)

My instructions were to include a recognizably San Francisco and urban space with lots of kids, including kids playing double-dutch jump rope with unicorns. Hence San Francisco city hall, the downtown buildings, and the unicorns.

My first version of the back featured even more unicorns plus the Golden Gate Bridge and some narwhals. There are no narwhals in the Bay, but they are the unicorns of the sea so I felt that they would come join their horned brethren for the Pride celebrations. We ended up getting 5"x7" postcards, so the text on the back was too small to read.






I made this revised version below that was more text-based but still featured a zebra-unicorn, now back in sketch form.

Drawn with the Wacom Bamboo tablet I have at work in Adobe Photoshop.


I used the unicorn imagery for other promo at work too, like signage at the Garden, buttons, supplementary flyers, and Instagram posts. 






Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Deep Sea Animal - Jelly


If this piece looks different from my other style, it's because I painted it in inverse color, then inverted it on the computer. So in my original watercolor, the background was white, and the jelly was lots of chilly blues and bright fuchsias. I really like this as a way to capture light-on-dark without sacrificing the quality and texture of the watercolor. Be on the lookout for more deep sea critters!  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Society6 - New Shop! Greeting Cards, Leggings, Shirts, Pillows, Decor, Apparel, and More!


You may have noticed that I've closed my Etsy shop! In it's place I present... my Society6 Shop

Society6 is better for me in countless ways, including their politics. Etsy has been suspending true crafters and handmade artists while allowing mass-production to overtake the site, and that's just to begin with. 

It's also great how it offers all the different products to put my artwork on! With Etsy I was limited to what I could produce and ship from my tiny apartment. But now in addition to cards and prints, I have leggings, mugs, wall clocks, tote bags, tee shirts, and more! 

Is one of your favorite pieces not on my shop yet? Do you have a commission for a pattern or animal that you NEED on leggings or a clock or a tee? Email me or leave a comment!





Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Drowning Fish Watercolor



After a very long break from this blog, I'm going to be updating regularly once more. The hiatus is in part due to big projects I'll be sharing here shortly, and in part due to ongoing (but treatable and improving) health problems. 

It turns out I've had sleep apnea for years and it was just getting worse all the time. I finally got a good diagnosis and some surgery and now I have so much more energy! It turned out I was getting about 50% as much deep sleep for the amount of time I was "asleep" in bed as a normal person - so even when I slept 10 hours, it was like I slept 5. (It certainly felt like that.) More than 20 times an hour I would wake up gasping (for fewer than a few seconds at a time) because I had stopped breathing. I had recurring dreams of drowning, which have pretty much stopped since my surgery. 

So this fish is a self-portrait of sorts. 

Original is 9"x12", watercolor on paper.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quinoa Recipe Layout


Here's another layout for an ongoing personal project. This one includes my favorite way to prepare quinoa and a recipe for quinoa tabouli salad, one of my favorite summer meals. The photo is my own, as is the watercolor wash in the background of the text.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Naomi Bardoff Logo and Branding

A few months ago I started updating my branding piecemeal, and now it's pretty much complete! Here's my logo, tagline, business cards, and color scheme. My name is drawn in Illustrator while the tagline is in Footlight. Illustrations on business cards include White Horse, Owl, and an excerpt for an illustration for Louise the Spider.

Check out my redesigned and updated website to match!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

City at Night


The last in my series of dark buildings with light windows (for now!). 

Created digitally using a tablet and my own scanned watercolor washes. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Pangolin - Illustrated Marriane Moore Poem Layout


I've put off posting this for a while because I keep thinking I'll finish the overall project that it goes with, but that doesn't seem like it will be happening any time soon. So here is a spread from a personal project I'm harboring, featuring my favorite poem by Marianne Moore, "The Pangolin."

I made the "pencil" drawings with a drawing tablet and composed the whole thing in InDesign. Here are some details of the drawings.




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Illustrated Town Hall Flyer


Here's another illustrated flyer I made for an Our Family Coalition Bay Area event. It is for the same team as the Preschool Fair (the schools team) which is part of why the font choices are so similar. 

This was a fun editorial-type challenge, to try to visually represent LGBTQ inclusion in schools without being incredibly literal. We ended up on this Warhol-esque rainbow pattern of the school chairs. 
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