Welcome to ritaLOVEStoDESIGN

Hello, thanks for stopping by my DESIGN blog. This is where I’ll be featuring some of my more recent Graphic Design efforts.

Please pop over to ritaLOVEStoWRITE to read some of my thoughts and prose.

Cheers,

Rita


Proposed Logo

Greenridge Watershed logo


Ending Up book cover

I did this cover for Ellen Dye's latest novel Ending Up.  (This is the e-Book version, we also do did a print cover.)

I did this cover for Ellen Dye’s latest novel Ending Up. (This is the e-Book version, we also do did a print cover.)


Postcard: Shakespeare Factory

I love the play on the phrase “Free Shakespeare.” Is it free because it doesn’t cost any money to see the show (which is the worthy goal of this campaign  – to bring the Bard’s works to all by 2016), or does it mean Free Shakespeare because he’s landed in jail for drunken, disorderly conduct (again!) You decide… and make a donation while you’re at it, OK?

 

Postcard announcing the Shakespeare Factory campaign to bring free Shakespeare to Baltimore in 2016.

Postcard announcing the Shakespeare Factory campaign to bring free Shakespeare to Baltimore in 2016.


AD: Shakespeare Factory

Here’s an ad I did for the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s summer season. The larger, vertical version ran in Mason-Dixon ARRIVE’s July/August edition.

Ad for Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's summer season.

Ad for Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

BSF AD #2 pg 20 jpg


Flyer: JASNA MD Summer Meeting

When it came time to do a “Save the Date” email flyer for the Jane Austen Society of North America: Maryland Chapter’s summer meeting I considered all the usual art work suspects… the limited art work of Jane, art work from earlier editions of the books, something from the movies, fan work… nothing seemed right.

Since the meeting centered on tea followed by a book club where members talked about novels based on Austen’s books I thought why not go to my own shelf of Austen wannabes. An obliging throw blanket acted as back drop and I took the shot with my i-phone. (Since it was never going to go to print and was never going to be blown up very big I was satisfied with the quality of photo. And I loved that I could do the entire pro bono project at no cost. )

 

 

Save the date announcement for the JASNA MD summer event

Save the date announcement for the JASNA MD summer event

 

Follow up book list for the JASNA MD summer meeting.

Follow up book list for the JASNA MD summer meeting.

 


Logo/Flyer: Jane Austen Knit Day

WWJK flyer sept 29

Jane Austen Knit Day flyer. ritaLOVEStoDESIGN.wordpress.com

I designed this logo and flyer for an upcoming Austen inspired knit day at a local yarn shop.


Pride and Prejudice Icons

In my sister blog ritaLOVEStoWRITE.com  did  a series of character studies in the week leading up to Pride and Prejudice’s 200th anniversary on Jan. 28th. I thought I’d share the silhouette icons I made on this site.Happy 200th P&PI adapted the scanned in the silhouettes from Silhouettes A Pictorial Archive of Varied Illustrations by Carol Belanger Grafton  (a Dover Publication). Then I worked with them in Photoshop,  adapting them so they represented each P&P major character.

Mary & Kitty 1Mary and Kitty was my first Character study and I really liked the touch of negative space in Mary’s glasses, so I decided to add that to the following silos. Kitty gets a ruffled collar in the final collage.  Mary and Kitty are the two least defined sisters, so I kept their silos simple and little humble.

Lady Cath and CaroLady Cather and Caroline are both pompous creatures so I gave them lots of plumage in their head-gear. (Something I had to moderate when I did the collage for the final post — see the last image.)

Charlotte & CollinsCharlotte and Collins need to show contrast. Charlotte is sensible and modest with her simple hairstyle and respectable bow. Collins is silly and talkative. He couldn’t even keep his mouth shut while his likeness was being captured. I love her downcast glaze and the hint of a clerical collar at his neck.

Mr. and Mrs. BennetI admit… Mr. and Mrs. Bennet were a bit of challenge. I kept making Mr. Bennet look too much like George Washington!

PrintLydia and Wickham needed to be young and flirty (I love her little hat pin and feathers). He’s dashing in his uniform, she’s pert and pretty.

BINGLEY AND JANEAwww… Bingley and Jane. What’s not to love. The challenge here was making Jane beautiful, but reserved (almost distant) and not as interesting as Lizzie.

LIZZIE AND DARCYLizzie and Darcy. Here I tried to show both tension and attraction. I think Lizzie definitely has sass in this silo. I love how she’s leaning into him, ready to challenge his notion of a perfect woman.

And put them all together and you get…PRIDE AND PREJUDICE SILO COLLAGE

 

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