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Friday, February 13, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PASADYA!

Very long time, no see!

In true Danie style, I'm late yet another year for Pasadya's birthday. We're officially past the terrible twos! Onto the exciting toddling stage of a three-year old. :)

I thought it would be fun to reminisce on some of the highlights of Pasadya's year, both personally and business-wise. I wish I could include every amazing project I had the opportunity to work on along with every person I had the pleasure to meet and collaborate with, but that would unfortunately be quite the MONSTROUSLY long post. 

So, here's a condensed version of Pasadya's year from February 12, 2014 to February 12, 2015:
First off, Pasadya's humble workspace moved from a sunny home office in San Antonio to a slightly higher view of downtown Austin in the spring. The space might be smaller, but it is still mighty and inspiring. 
Photos from top to bottom: 1.-- 4. Photos at home, 5. Cecily Willingham with her Samoyed, Sake
Illustration: 'In a Good Way' by Pasadya

The summer was filled with homemade food, small gifts, and dear friends coming to Austin for weekend visits. Lots of puppy love happened simultaneously.  
Work was put on hold for a sunny, relaxing trip to Mexico. Talk about finding a way to recharge for the upcoming workweek!  
Photos from top to bottom: 1. Jessica Selby with her daughter, Brooklyn, 2. Michelle Lessing in Epicerie, 3. Clay Selby at Russell's Bakery, 4. Pool water in the summer 5. Dan Lessing at Russell's Bakery, 6. Photo from the Greenberg family's photo shoot

Time was spent loving and documenting babies, coffee, family, and adorably happy families.  
Photos & illustrations from top to bottom, left to right: 1. Reviewing past issues of PaperCity Magazine for illustration development, 2. Concept sketch for PaperCity review, 3. Staff illustration of Jane Rozelle for PaperCity, 4. Staff illustration of Linden Wilson for PaperCity, 5. Gift Guide illustration for PaperCity's Dec. 2014 issue in collaboration with Uptown Park, 6. Media Kit illustration for PaperCity 

Lightning-speed work, communication, and a love for illustrating was put to good use with a collaboration with PaperCity Magazine when the leaves began to fall off their limbs and the temperatures dropped. 
Photos from top to bottom: 1. The furry working buddy at Honokea Austin, 2. Tommy Goode outside of Dominican Joe, 3. Amanda Kay Phillips for Velma Magazine, 4. Staff members during the workday at Honokea Austin

Photo shoots took place in collaborative workspaces in East Austin, and new transplants to Austin (from gorgeous Hawaii) were kind enough to help me find my way to said photo shoots. Downtime was spent with friends during warm mornings along the way.  
Photos from top to bottom: 1. Staff Illustration of Anna Schuster for PaperCity, 2. Viva print by Pasadya, 3. Custom phrase tattoo design, 4. Custom Biblical verse tattoo design, 5. Logo design for Christina Colors, 6. Custom name tattoo design

More illustrations were made for collaborations, bold handwriting prints were created, more logo designs were created for fun-loving and hard-working entrepreneurs, and for the first time ever, Pasadya began offering custom, handwritten tattoo designs. 
Photos from top to bottom: 1. Jenni Klinger in our Austin apartment, 2. Custom ocean-scape painting (combination of hand-painted and digitally edited watercolor), 3. Logo design for Lubbock Pergola & Deck, 4. Sharlene Leurig for Velma Magazine

Photos were taken for fun as well as for business, challenging and inspiring paintings were created for heartwarming clients, and additional logos were made for growing businesses. 

In essence, Pasadya's second year in existence was wonderful; it was full of growth with creative projects and friendships, and I can't express how excited I am for it's future ahead. Happy Birthday, pretty little Pasadya! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

STARTING OFF 2015

Pasadya's Etsy shop has never seen a sale before, and I thought 2015's new arrival should mark the beginning of a new era. Kicking things off, there will be free shipping through January. Huzzah!
Here's a little preview of what you can expect at the shop if you haven't been there yet:




Hope your new year is starting off with a (good) bang!

Monday, December 29, 2014

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Hope you guys had a very Merry Christmas! Wouldn't the following photo make the worst Christmas card?
Our family can take bad Christmas cards up a notch even further! When the husband and I left Austin for the holidays, we spent time with his family in Dallas, traveled back to Abilene to stay with my family, and stayed with my in-laws again at their home in the country. During that time, we managed to squeezein in time to do a ridiculous recreation of an adorable photo of Clay and his brothers when they were little urchins. I just knew my photography/Photoshop skills would sum up to something one day! ;) 
And yes, my husband used wrapping paper to create his high-class sweater vest. I have shloads of photos to sort and edit from the holidays. It's always so fun to go through all the tiny moments in pictures. It's like I get to relieve the time I took the shot. There are just too many to go through without my head exploding, so here are photos of a painted pinecone and an unsure pet:
Silliness aside, it was wonderful to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas in the company of the family I was blessed to be raised by as well as the family gained when I married Clay. I know I take for granted how kind and caring all of my loved ones are towards me;  have to remember to stay grateful for even the smallest moments like getting a hug and a kiss. But most importantly, I want to learn to be even more grateful of the love God showers on me every single day. I'm truly blessed to be where I am today and be surrounded by people I love in this life. 

Happy Christmas. xoxo

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

KASSIE & LIVY

Lately, I've been spending a lot of my days with my camera in my paws. Yesterday was no exception, as I ran out into the sunshine to do another photo shoot for Velma Magazine at Austin's popular Barton Springs. You guys, it was BEAUTIFUL. The sun, the water, the subject (who looked like she came out of an Estee Lauder ad), and absolutely everything was on my side that day. Cannot wait to share the outtakes!!

In the meantime, I wanted to share some shots of two beauties that I met while walking back home. Although I was eager to get home and commence working, I couldn't resist being the strange person that I am by going off into little nooks beside the water and taking photos of leaves and various other seemingly unimportant subjects. As I was bent over taking a prized photo of a thick green striped leaf, I was approached by two friends doing research for a Buzzfeed article. They asked if I would mind having my photo taken while I worked to capture my beloved photos of Austin. Despite the sad fact that I was schlepping around in workout clothes and was not quite the lovely being I would wish to look like for photos, how could I have said no?
Of course, I couldn't resist whipping around and  asking to take their photos. After all, what are you to do when two adorable subjects are standing right in front of your camera's frame? Ones who are photo shoot ready, for that matter?
Meet Livy; she's the supportive friend who is happily willing to take time out of her day to approach strangers and gather information for articles. For some reason, she reminds me of my sister. Must be the dark hair and nose? 
And this is Kassie, the creator of fashionable and worthwhile articles such as this. Can't wait to see more of her work!

I wish you could have heard and seen the happiness that these two exude in person. I think it's a huge reason why I've grown to love photography so much--having the opportunity to experience the emotions behind the photos is completely rewarding. Do you feel the same way about similar things? 

Happy Tuesday to you all! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

COLLABORATION WITH PAPERCITY, FEATURING UPTOWN PARK

Ahhh, it's really beginning to feel like the holidays! Beautiful lights are sprouting up all over downtown and around parks, and we finally put up a little Christmas tree last night! For a hilarious moment when we were trying to figure out where the tree would actually fit, I felt like Bridget Jones when she couldn't fit the "tree monster" inside her tiny flat in London.

I've been trying  to keep my mouth zipped about an exciting project that took place at the end of September, and I'm very excited to finally share that I had the honor of working with Houston's PaperCity Magazine to create illustrations for a spread featuring Uptown Park in their December 2014 issue.

Thought it'd be fun to share a little behind-the-scenes if you're interested. :)


The development of the cover for the spread was especially fun; I was asked to illustrate Uptown Park's shopping complex and show the fun of shopping during the holiday season, with a fashionista in the foreground, happily indulging in her guilty pleasure.

I ended up providing a few options to choose from as I couldn't decide on a favorite girl:


We ended up developing a spunky little lady with an equally cute pup by her side:




I still don't even know which girl would have been my top pick! Do you have a favorite?

The next illustration was one of the hardest for me to create as far as figuring out how to depict two friends shopping and walking through the street of Uptown Park. I was wondering if the women should be walking toward the viewer, but in the end, they were depicted crossing the cheery, holiday-filled streets, side-by-side:
It was so cool to see how PaperCity placed the girls within the page:
This little illustration (pictured below) ended up being the fastest to create. I love her sweet little pale pink tutu paired with that open-back cozy sweater:

Check out PaperCity's Dec 2014 issue to see her in the spread. :) 

Below is another sketch that was sent in to get further developed. Finally, I had the chance to illustrate a male for a change! I was particularly tickled with the whiskey glass in his hand. 

Ridiculous? Yes.
Here are the little loves in the finished layout:







I would like to think these two would get along quite well. The mistletoe was a ridiculous afterthought, made specially for this blog post.  
So there you have it! I enjoyed every bit of perusing the digital issue, and I can't wait to scramble through the oversized printed issue with my own two hands in the comfort of our little apartment. 

I'm waiting like an expectant hawk for this to come up in the mail:
Houston December 2014 Issue, PaperCity Magazine

Hope you guys are enjoying December so far!
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