Getting to Know the Locals: Cassie Genc

the last traveler portrait

I had the great opportunity of talking with Cassie Genc, a local Milwaukee illustrator living in the Bayview area. Her work is full of whimsy, wonder, and robots. I have looked up to Cassie as an artist for many years and have always appreciated her use of vibrant colors and attention to detail. The pieces she creates transport to magical other worlds that leave you thirsting for further exploration into her work.
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Our Kids: Childlike Creativity

Anyone that knows me will tell you I talk about my two daughters—a lot. In my defense, it’s pretty much “Dad Law” that I have to brag about them whenever I get the chance and think everything they do is amazing.

All joking aside, my kids’ imaginations never cease to amaze me. Whether they are creating incredibly detailed plots for stories while playing with their toys or making up random lyrics to songs, I find myself often times just watching and smiling.

What I am most in awe of, however, is the way I can give them a stack of paper and just watch them create page after page of drawings. They’ve spent entire afternoons with nothing but their imaginations, a binder of loose-leaf paper and crayons—so many crayons.

Layla bear

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Cast of Characters

Portraits have always been about more than ink and paint to me. Part of what sparked my interest in them was finding ways to show the idiosyncrasies of the people around me. Things like the curve of a nose or how someone’s chin sits against their cheek, or in this instance, how much they really do look like their pet.

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Inspiration at Work

Inspiration is all around us every day. It may be something as simple as a pattern we see or something more complex and integrated. Inspiration can strike at any time, and we don’t often realize how it is affecting our work. How do you keep your creative juices flowing? Lets take a look at a few things that can help.

I know when I first heard people tell me this; I had no idea what they were talking about. Once I understood that designing in a vacuum was like designing in the dark, it all made sense. Designing without inspiration (or vision) IS designing in a vacuum.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things: LL’s Must Follow Instagram Accounts

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https://instagram.com/annariflebond/

@annariflebondhttps://instagram.com/annariflebond/

Anna Bond, owner (along with her husband) and creative director for the stationery and gift brand Rifle Paper Co. is one of my favorites to follow on Instagram. And, I am not alone. With over 281k followers, Anna is no stranger to Instagram. Her account is upbeat, beautiful, and inspiring with a balance in posts across work, product, and home life. Her work at Rifle Paper Co. is known for beautiful hand painted floral prints and has been expanding from paper goods to clothing lines, home goods, and wall paper. (Seriously, I want to cover my house in her wallpaper.) Follow her and take a look at Rifle Paper Co.’s website too! Continue reading “A Few of Our Favorite Things: LL’s Must Follow Instagram Accounts”

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How I became an illustrator

Welcome CG favorite illustrator Christiane Engel as she talks about how she got started as an illustrator…

CE: I get asked this a lot….here’s the long version of the answer. :)

When I was studying arts in Germany, I tried everything from painting, printing, photography, typography, graphic design, animation and some filming, it was that kind of school were you were left free to explore all mediums and encouraged to find your own voice through creative play rather than by doing exams.

I stuck with illustration and animation and found out I had the most fun when I could tell stories and apply my art to something.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things: LL’s Photographers

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Fishy island by Erik Johansson http://erikjohanssonphoto.com

Erik Johansson
http://erikjohanssonphoto.com

I love Erik Johansson’s work for its surrealist quality and painterly feel. A single piece of his work might actually contain hundreds of different images, yet his goal is still for it to look like it was all captured in 1 shot. Johansson says he takes a problem-solving approach to his work, collecting material to convey an idea. As a graphic artist, I can relate and appreciate this approach as I use it everyday in my work as well. While Johansson considers his personal work to be closest to his heart, he has created work for some major companies such as Google, Adobe, and Microsoft. I highly suggest checking out some of his work; it’s really exciting to look at from an artistry perspective.

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A Few of our Favorite Things: LL’s Design Blogs

The book cover archive
http://bookcoverarchive.com

Our own Kristin Resch, CG Production Manager, found and shared this site with all of us here at Composure. I might be stealing from her list here (sorry Kristin!), but I love surfing through this endless grid of beautifully designed book covers. Full of impactful type, strong photography, beautiful illustration, and well thought out color and layout, its a quick go-to when you need a boost of creativity (or possibly a new reading recommendation)!

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