Helping out the Bostons.

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The tshirt illustration for a Boston Terrier rescue group has been launched on Jusani Culture.

“Each purchase supports The Boston Terrier Rescue Team of the Carolinas, a group of people dedicated to saving Boston Terriers and Boston Terrier mixes from animal shelters and owner surrenders in North and South Carolina and finding them loving homes. Custom Boston Terrier design captures this breed’s fun personality and was designed by Chrissy Jo.”

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If you’d like to help some furry friends, and score a sweet shirt for yourself or a loved on, head over here.

BONUS: If you purchase a shirt I designed via Jusani Culture, take a quick screen shot and email it to me. I will send you a package of goodies in the mail as a super sweet bonus! So, don’t forget to include your mailing address. Thanks guys!

Doodle-a-Day

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A few months ago I started taking part in Rhianna Wurman’s Doodle-a-Day project. At the beginning of every month, you are supplied a list of topics, corresponding with days.

Today’s topic was “Fresh”. (My doodle is above.) it’s just a fun little way to keep your mind creating, and for me, it’s a nice way to take a break from commissioned work.

To see more about this fun project, you can visit Rhianna’s instagram @ellolovey. You can also check out my daily drawings and doodles at @chrissyjoxyz.

Kettlepot Tracks

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To my delight, his week I’ve been featured on Kettlepot Tracks Art on the Hill.

I absolutely love what they are doing over there. The husband and wife team invite independent musicians and bands to their home just outside of Philadelphia, where they record live tracks and videos for their blog. They also feature visual artists, weekly.

If you’d like to check out my little feature, that can be found here.

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With all of the awesome illustration commissions lately, I haven’t had much time for my own side work. This was done for no reason whatsoever. And those are the best kinds of drawings.

drawing on your phone.

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I have a tendency to find some new creative outlet and become completely obsessed with the experimentation process of finding a new way to create art. Lately I have been dabbling with little drawings on my Samsung Galaxy S2 Andrioid phone.

When I first got this phone a few months back, I downloaded approximately 8 drawing and painting applications. Some were okay, and most with a lot left to be desired. The selection of brushes, finished image size and quality were definitely lacking. Then I found Sketchbook Mobile by Autodesk. I was able to “fingerpaint” by building up and saving layers, much like in Adobe Photoshop. You are able to your preferred drawing tool and customize the stroke and opacity to suit your needs. I freakin’ love it!

The three drawing above were drawn by finger in about 12 layers over a three night period per drawing. I found that drawing with a touchscreen stylus was more frustrating than helpful. The best part is, each finished piece can be exported as a .PNG for the highest dpi and they even look pretty great printed.
summerbearI’m then able to use my artwork in graphic design projects or other image manipulations. Totally rad, right?! Lots of plans for these drawings (and more importantly, this awesome app!)  for future projects.

Handlettering

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Handdrawn type is harder than it looks. Especially for someone who refuses to use rulers or straight edges.

The lovely thing about hand-lettering and typography is that it is done by hand. This leaves room for slight imperfections and crooked lines, which I can’t help but appreciate.
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I have been toying with some drawing apps on my Android phone. Experimenting with cursive fonts that I have been overlaying onto photographs I have taken. The example at the top was actually done on paper, then photographed for a similar process.

AMPERSANDxyz now on Instagram.

instagramcollageFINALMaybe I’m a little behind the times, but I’m happy to say that Instagram is new on the list of my favorite obsessions. As thrilled as I was to have a simple photo filter app on my new phone, I am definitely more excited to see things through other people’s eyes all over the world.

Feel free to follow me @chrissyjoxyz for snapshot of what Im currently working on, things soon to be added to the shop, and a good amount of random stay-at-home-mom excitement.

old sketchbooks.

drawsomethingFINALcontrast1Sometimes when I’ve run out of creative energy I feel the urge to look through my sketchbooks. Forgotten pages of quick sketches and magazine cutouts serve as some great reference material for projects I don’t know how to start. Last night, I stumbled upon a stack of my old sketchbooks from college and high school. To be honest, most of it is useless to me now, but it reminded me of my frame of mind–or maybe my motto– in art school. Just draw something.
askewbookfinalTAPETEXT2I don’t know if I had a finished product or work of art in mind when I filled these few hundred pages, but when I look back at my doodles now, I remember exactly where I was in my life, where I lived and how I felt.  At one time I had eight full-sized sketchbooks in progress at one time.

My Drawing Anatomy for Illustration professor in college highly influenced my obsession with always having paper and pencils at hand. In just a short little comment, that may have gone unnoticed by most students, our professor shared with the class that he, as a practicing professional painter, never went anywhere without his books.
longbookstrio2bRIBBONTEXTI began to draw everything I saw, and especially things I wanted to simply remember. Above are two rough Prismacolor marker sketches I did when I moved to Center City, Philadelphia. I vividly remember the second one, done from my apartment building’s front steps in early evening. I had just walked down Pine Street and purchased a few single bottles of beers that were completely out of my price range, and spent time watching people walk home from work, drawing little things I saw, (oh, and drinking), and enjoying my alone time in the city.

I’m taking the time to revisit my old sketchbooks, and maybe I can find something that inspires me for projects I have planned. It has always been my goal to integrate my own work into my Etsy shop, although I also find a certain kind of inspiration from vintage. Even if, for right now, “just draw something” means, Just Draw Something Again.

can’t keep me from vintage.

newfebtapeTEXTIn my efforts and time spent creating and crafting, I have neglected to list my recent vintage finds at AMPERSANDxyz on Etsy. Well, until now that is.

Although I consider myself an artist first, and a collector second, I cant help but be drawn to items from the past. And, to be honest, the majority of my shop is made up of retro pieces  It’s hard not to appreciate the design and ingenuity of common household objects or fashion of the generations before.  Some were mass-produced, yes, but each and every item has a great artist (or artists) behind it.

Feel free to visit the shop at AMPERSANDXYZ.etsy.com.