Project Highlight: Still the Birds Art for Darryl Purpose CD

This is my artwork used for the Darryl Purpose CD cover.

Still the Birds acrylic painting

You can read more about the story behind the artwork over on my blog at Art by Lindy.

The art direction, design and layout of the CD is by A Man Called Wrycraft (Michael Wrycraft).

Michael did a nice job implementing the art into the design.
Still the Birds CD

Still the Birds CD

I was very happy to provide the artwork for this amazing musician’s CD!

Check out one of my other CD designs for Rumi Flute here >

 

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Project Highlight: enough! The Companion Workbook Design

Laurie McCammon, the author of the book enough! asked me to not only do the background art for the enough! companion workbook but also the design of it.

She wanted it to go with her book enough! so I made similar background colors and shading and then added my artwork so that they would go together. Laurie wanted 9 feathers in a circle so I took my own photographs of feathers to create a mandala of feathers. The circle format symbolizes women’s circles and also the 9 women who added input to the workbook.

enough companion workbook design by Lindy Gaskill

To learn more about the enough! book and companion workbook, visit Laurie’s website at:

 

http://www.lauriemccammon.com/

 

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Allied Arts Graphic Design Projects

These are some Bellingham, WA Allied Arts Graphic Design Projects I just finished up.

Allied Arts Children's Art Walk Poster

Allied Arts Children’s Art Walk Poster

2015 Bellingham Allied Arts Annual Report

2015 Bellingham Allied Arts Annual Report

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I’ve moved back to the Northwest

woods in washington

I just wanted to let you know we are no longer living in Prescott, Arizona. We’ve moved to Maple Falls, Washington. It’s a small town near Bellingham, Washington. It’s great to be back in our home state!

I’ve missed the sunsets, the water, the forests and lush green of the Northwest so I love being back in Washington!

Camano Island, Washington

With the use of high speed internet though, one can work from just about anywhere and I find this to be true. So if you need some graphic work done, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

hydrangea

 Happy Summer!

 

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Project Highlight: Pinnacle Outdoor Supply Logo

I want to share a logo design I created for Pinnacle Outdoor Supply. They are a company that sells knives and outdoor products. Their goal is to get high quality products to you at a low price. Pinnacle Outdoor Supply Logo.

 

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Project Highlight: Cookbook Design

Just wanted to highlight one of my recent projects. A family cookbook design.

 

Cookbook Design

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Project Highlight: Rumi Flute Commissioned Painting and CD Jacket Design

I love sharing what I do and my process. I especially wanted to highlight a recent CD design job for my wonderful client, L.A. latin jazz flutist, Rumi Flute.

colorful bird tropical garden

© Lindy Gaskill, “Rumi’s Tropical Garden”, 9″ x 9″, acrylic on paper, sold

Rumi found me by doing a Google search on “colorful art” and “tropical art.” This is a good reminder to do some effective SEO (search engine optimization) for your website and images. BTW if you need help with that, please contact me.

In Rumi’s search, she found some of my colorful images from my fine art website artbylindy.com and my Etsy Shop where I sell colorful wall art.

Rumi contacted me and said that she would like to have me do a commissioned painting that would be used on her new CD. I was thrilled to create a painting for her. I also let her know that I was a graphic designer and I could do both her painting and her CD jacket design. I created a proposal that fit within Rumi’s budget and the work was began.

This is my favorite type of project where I can combine my graphic design skills with my fine art.

I asked Rumi to describe what she was looking for and to pick out some of her fav images from my Etsy Shop so I could get a feel for what she liked. She sent me 4 images and why she was attracted to them. This helped me a lot to get a feel for the style and content she was attracted to. I also asked her to give me a few words to describe the feel of the painting and CD design she was looking for. We also talked about her audience and who would be purchasing her CD.

tropical bird painting

© Lindy Gaskill, Detail of “Rumi’s Tropical Garden”

I completed the painting within two weeks and then started on the CD design.

I wanted it to have a colorful, tropical and world music feel. So I used some of the colors from the photo of Rumi that I was given and I added some texture to the background. Then to keep with the tropical theme, I added a simple pink flower accent. I loved the gradation of the blue to bluish-green color I added which also gave it a tropical feel.

Rumi Flute CD cover

© Lindy Gaskill, Rumi Flute CD Cover Design

 

Rumi Flute CD Label Design

© Lindy Gaskill, Interior CD design

Rumi was very happy with the way the painting and CD turned out and I think if fit many of the words used to describe the feel of the piece – colorful, natural, simple, tropical, world music, improvisation, rhythmic, fresh.

Congratulations to Rumi on her new CD! You can visit Rumi’s website at http://www.rumiflute.com/

And purchase Rumi’s new CD here https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rumiflute

If you would like help with your own design project, call 928-458-5209 or send me an email at lindy@lindygaskilldesign.com.

 

 

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Choosing a Graphic Designer to Work With

I think it’s important to choose a graphic designer to work with after you’ve talked to a minimum of three designers. Graphic Designers vary in their business practices, rates, design style and the way they work with a client. You’ll want to find someone who you connect with and will listen to your needs.

How do you find a graphic designer in your area? You can check with your local Chamber of Commerce where they have listed professionals in your area on their website or in their membership directory/catalog.

You can also go online and do a search with Google or go to Manta.com to find local businesses.

There are websites that allow you to make a proposal and have designers bid for your job. One such website is  Thumbtack.com

thumbtack.com graphic design

From their site:

  • We’ll identify verified service pros based on your specific needs. Available service pros will submit quotes for you to compare
  • You choose and hire the service pro that’s right for you
  • At Thumbtack, we understand that hiring service professionals requires a high degree of trust. This is why we go out of our way to make sure that our community is held to the highest standards and that you have all the tools you need to feel comfortable hiring someone online.
  • Thumbtack helps you get the job done at the time and place you want, with someone you know you can trust.

I like that you can find a variety of local professionals in all kinds of categories. There are legal services, events, home and health services, lessons & classes, writing as well as web and tech services which includes graphic design.

Another website is mineeds.com

mineeds.com logo

From their website:

MiNeeds is a free service that allows you to get proposals from local professionals. Whether you need an accountant, a photographer, a home contractor, or a dentist: All you need to do is post your need, and our pre-screened professionals will compete for you. You’ll save time and money by using MiNeeds!

Hope this helps!

Contact me at lindy@lindygaskilldesign.com or 928-458-5209 for a free graphic design estimate.

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Greetings

Hi and welcome to my Design Studio Blog. I will be updating it soon with information that can help your business. I will feature portfolio work, book reviews, graphic design positions, website info, design program tips and tricks, advertising and marketing tips and more so be sure to check back!

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