Thursday, December 30, 2010

sleeping beauty

my final illustration for a Spirited fairytale, by Miriam Moser
(with some added ambiance from my venetian blinds..ooooo artsy)

Monday, December 20, 2010

illustration: tadpole for spirited












sneak peak at one of my newest illustrations for spirited magazine

Sunday, December 19, 2010

from the funk

I have been a bad blogger lately, but here's a belated picture of the backdrop I painted (with my dad as my lovely assistant) for Artifaktori's halloween funk party

Friday, December 17, 2010

save the date

So thrilled to have the opportunity to design wedding invitations for one of my oldest friends!  Congratulations Holly & Dan!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Scout Jewelry


When I'm not designing prints, painting portraits, doodling fashion ladies or digging through vintage shops, I can often be spotted in my studio, tinkering through my treasury of bygone trinkets, spinning my collections into fresh new finery.

And, after a rather long hiatus, I can finally say my etsy shop is back in action!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

sleepwalking

Holy cow!  Life just never slows down, eh?  Or maybe it's just the time of year...  Between festive vintage displays, pattern designs, painted portraits, illustrations for fab new magazines and jumbled jewelry making, my desk has become a total mess!
Fortunately, I had today to play a little catch up and enjoy my 24th birthday with the guy.  See me enjoying the lazy day (and my fantastic new birthday hat) below...
(it's a vintage snow bunny cap with pom poms! needless to say, it has not left my head all day long 
miss kelly, my ears thank you for the magnificent birthday present)

Friday, November 26, 2010

gals on the go

(shameless self promotion...you may purchase a print of this illustration here)

As I have been traveling for this most glorious of holidays(behind halloween, of course), I thought it fitting to post a few gals on the go.  Like swirly snake shapes, punchy flowers, afros, mermaids and stars, ladies that are going places seem to be a recurring theme in my scribbles.  It's funny that it would take a blog for me to realize this, but looking back over my drawings makes it much clearer, I suppose.
I hope that everyone had a happy, satisfying and safe Thanksgiving!  I'll be traveling back to New England soon, and I promise more posts upon my return.  Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

snack attack

 homemade ones are so much better

Sunday, November 14, 2010

let's hear it for the boy


For those who know me well, it is no surprise to find that this face pops up in my work quite a bit, especially when I am in need of a dude to draw.  He is my dude, and this weekend we celebrated our fifth anniversary.  So here's to my hero, my model, my best friend and my number one fan.
 

Monday, November 8, 2010

call me crazy

(dried up twirly pods circa 2008   &  a scribble that should really be a pattern by now)

Every so often I get creative impulses that need to be immediately satisfied.

For example, the picture above came from a beautiful, blustery fall day a few years back that filled my boyfriend's yard with those twirly maple seed pods.  They were bright chartreuse and made the most glorious, punchy pattern on the dusty gravel of the driveway.   After staring for a moment, I dropped to the ground and began furiously gathering them into my skirt, much to the confusion/amusement of my guy(although he's pretty used to my eccentricities by now), who thought we were on our way to Dunkin Donuts.

It is the same sort of impulse that made me scribble out a quilt idea on the back of a battery package(aka first thing in grabbing distance) today at breakfast, and it struck me later during my freelance color separating project this evening.  No use in fighting it.  I clocked out for a few minutes and made a sweet watercolor image into a funky 40's inspired floral and still finished my work early.  I've actually had a weekend full of crossing things off my list and man it feels good!

Monday, November 1, 2010

in character

costumed by me!

A great promo shot of the Witches getting into character!  The gals seemed to really love their costumes, which can't always be the case in theater, but it's nice when it is.  It's amazing how much clothing can change your mood, posture, outlook and sense of self.  It is truly transformative and is a key part of getting into character (see below for more evidence), whether that character is for a quirky stage production, job interview or cocktail party.  More to come soon...
Hope you all had a happy Halloween :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

poster design: second semi-annual Top Shelf Flea Market

Of course, at this point, this fantastic event is already over, and sadly I missed it.  But hopefully I will be able to collaborate with Giuseppi and the Top Shelf crew again next time, and make it in for some cool loot.

Whew...I love this time of year, but breathe a huge sigh of relief that October is over.  This has been an exhausting month.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

new patterns: lavender dream

 Life has been absolutely chaotic lately (but in a good way?), so while I havent had the chance to upload any new work, Im happy to share some older things.  I did this pattern collection this summer for the soft home department at TJX Co. (TJ Maxx & Marshalls).  The folks over there design a lot of pieced quilts with a homemade feel and these patterns will most likely be patchworked to create a comfy, cotton, lavender dream! 

all patterns property of TJX Co.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

poster design: funk extravaganza

I always have fun working on graphics for Artifaktori, but an Artifaktori funk party is even better.  Atwood's tavern will be groovin to the funky beats of the Nephrok Allstars that's their front man, and my pal, Nephtaliem on the poster) on October 30th for a full costumed Funk Extravaganza.  If you're in the Boston area, please feel free to join the party!  I will be there, although I still havent decided whether Im taking my style cues from David Bowie or Bootsy Collins.  Either way, I have a feeling I will end up in an afro and lots of glitter....

new pattern: tangerine lanterns

these lanterns have been in my head for a while (as well as on scraps of paper around my studio)...figured it was about time to give them a shot.  unfortunately the colors don't seem to be as rich when I upload the file, but its a good start.

Friday, October 15, 2010

poster collaboration: the witches!

Poster design by Susan Williams
Illustrations by Amanda Williams (and very much inspired by Mr. Quentin Blake)

I always enjoy collaborating with my parents on projects (Dad's and illustrator and Mom's a graphic designer), and the marketing material for ABRHS' The Witches, by Roald Dahl, was no different.  Growing up in their studio,  Ive certainly soaked up a lot of my Dad's quirky aesthetic and Mom's sense of balance and color, so we have a sort of design ESP thing going on most of the time. 

Besides doing illustrations for the poster,  I've also been designing the costumes (so much fun and so much work!) with Mom as my "assistant" and I cannot tell you how many times we would pick up something at the same time and say "how bout this?"  Guess the apple doesnt fall far from the tree?  

Can't believe the show is opening in a week!  If you're in the Boston area, check it out.  The AB team puts on quite a show and for you fashion fanatics, the costumes are a winking nod to the 1960's.  Ill try to grab some pics at dress rehearsal this week :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

dream closet: fall y'all

 I think I actually did these sketches in the very early spring(read: still winter for New Englanders), but a lot of the wants still hold true.  I have a fabulous turquoise maxi skirt that I wear in the summer and I would love to have a woolly winter counterpart.  The top left dress I actually own (some of the dream closet exists in reality!) and I think it is by far the most perfect piece I've discovered thrifting (vintage boutiques are a whole other story).  Its navy blue with cream/navy polka dot ruffles along the collar and cuffs and I always feel like a million bucks when I wear it.  I guess that's really what this "dream closet" section is all about....an ode to the pieces I have been lucky enough to score, and a style journal for the ones I dream up (....and perhaps one day I will make them....when I have extra time, and money and learn how to sew, haHA).

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

really rosey

Just wanted to take a quick moment to say a huge thank you to my few, but awesome fans, and especially to Christina over at Second Skin Style.  I have long read and admired other art and style bloggers, but rarely reach out to let them know how brave, awesome and inspiring they are.  As a perennial favorite in my desktop inspiration folder, it was a total treat to connect with Christina (so glad I mustered up some messaging courage!) and be a part of a mini feature on her blog.  So thank you Christina, and thank you new readers (and awesome, regular readers...hey hey Rachel J!) for your lovely comments.  It is almost embarrassing how giddy I get when I discover them (now that I've discovered how to discover them).  Seriously, Im blushing.

Friday, October 8, 2010

moonfaced

more of my illustrations for Spirited's first issue on dreams
next theme is cloak & dagger....gotta start brainstorming...
(the guy and I are in the middle, 
enjoying the company of fabulous Bostonians at the Spirited launch party)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

artifaktori fall 10: paper cut

graphics illustration • logotype
by Amanda Williams

See more of my  A r t i f a k t o r i  art here

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

spirited

sneak peak of my recent collaboration with Spirited Magazine...

Monday, September 20, 2010

dream closet: yes, please


If I could just wear an incarnation of this (imaginary) dress every day, I would be truly happy.  
It has all of my favorites: 
collar (check), kimono-esque sleeves (check), bow tie (check), funky pattern (check)

Now, to find cool ankle boots (a torturous task...I am very picky) and learn to sew so I can make myself endless supplies of crazy kaftany jumpers.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

domino days

This weekend was the sort where every attempted plan seems to fall apart and crash to the ground like a line of dominoes, taking any and all other plans with it.  Ah well.  The chaos lead to some appreciated free time, so I've kept busy working up new ideas for Scout, my jewelry line, and getting a jump on my fall costuming project, as well as another special project I will share soon.

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