Sketchbook Project

geek out: isaiah & the sketchbook project

by lizzie & isaiah on January 26, 2011 · 23 comments

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I could not be prouder of Isaiah’s work with The Sketchbook Project. He wanted to stick to colored pencils and ballpoint pen and his theme was “Revenge.” These are a few of my favorites.

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I have to start by telling you that we have the worst scanner that has ever been made since the beginning of scanners. Not a great tool to be shoddy in a graphic designer’s home, but Isaiah makes do most of the time. Excuse the dark, grainy versions of his work.

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sketchbook project revenge illustration

sketchbook notebook doodles illustration revenge

The sketchbooks will be on tour from February 19th through July 31st this year and you’ll definitely want to check it out if it’s coming anywhere near your city. We’re actually going to try to time our visit to the Austin showcase at SXSW and the Chicago showcase in July.

sketchbook project art illustration

You can check out all of the artists who have already submitted work to the site in the meantime, if you’re craving some more illustrated awesomeness.

I’m pretty bummed that we only have these scanned-darkly (get it?) images to show you Isaiah’s work, but it should be enough to tide you over in between now and when you go see the show in your city.

All of the sketchbooks will be stored in the Brooklyn Art Library where they can be checked out. I am kicking myself for not taking pictures, this free-with-computer all-in-one scanner is not doing him any favors.

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template: print and a giveaway

by lizzie & isaiah on January 6, 2011 · 40 comments

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I have been DYING to design lately. I recently finished a freelance resume, logo and business card design to brand a new client, but I have been craving creative license.

In Template Thursdays last week, we promised we’d start taking photos of our freebies so you can picture them just a little better (there was no getting away from that wordplay (or that rhyme)).

This week, a friendly bump in your arse to quit worrying about the better you and start making yourself better. Do something today.

Note: The colors look a bit washed here thanks to the dim lighting in my apt at 10pm.

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Download your 8.5×11 print here – I trimmed the white border off of mine, but you don’t have to from yours. Just tried to keep it to a size that would be easy to print out at home. We put ours above the desk to keep our butts in gear for the next month or so.

On to the giveaway!

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We both love designing. Isaiah has been pencil-shavings-deep in his Sketchbook Project (they’re due soon, are you participating?) and I have had some extra time on my hands.

Guess who benefits from all of that free time? YOU.

We’re giving away a free blog header, ad or Etsy shop banner design to one of our readers. I know a lot of you have been talking lately about how much your blog designs have been bothering you and we would love to help create something that makes you feel a bit more at home in your corner of the web.

To enter:

  1. Leave a comment below between Thursday, January 6th and Monday, January 10th at 6pm.
  2. You can get an additional entry by “Liking” Love Your Way on Facebook – just mention in your comment that you already or just “liked” us.
  3. You get a third entry by tweeting about the contest using the uber-easy “Share this” bar below and mentioning @LuvYourWay in the tweet.

Feel free to put all three of those in the same comment, we’re not lookin’ for numbers here folks. Just wanna share the wealth of free time in January – something rare around here.


From Him Mondays: Framework

by lizzie & isaiah on November 15, 2010 · 7 comments


A cute, funny brunette with wit and exceptional taste in music/willingness to explore, who likes/appreciates art, and is generally awesome.  That’s the shortlist.

I think it was mostly supposed to be like jazz… improvisational and in sync… even when it was out of sync.

The missing member of a one man (sexism unintended) band.

Not an easy thing to find…even when you’re just looking to form an actual band and especially when you’re trying to for the last band ever.

I think I was a little unconventional-type of fella never willing to give something any time if I didn’t see possibility in it. My mom asked me once “How will you know what you do want if you don’t know what you don’t want?”  I was pretty sure I’d know it when i saw it.

I didn’t…well…not out right.  I know that sounds unromantic as hell, but there are a million-and-one factors in the whole thing and paths were being crossed and it was coming together behind the scenes.

The last piece of my personal journey was something that wasn’t completely on my list but truly completed my “framework”.  I had moved back to Chicago from Vegas and was spending my cash stupidly fast and without any eye on it…only to find myself negative $500.00…ouch.  She comforted me at my financial worst and said simply “Don’t worry hon, we’ll figure it out.”

I’ve seen the financial end turn venomous and I have a special distaste for unsupportive people.  Obviously there must be a certain responsibility one must take when it comes to that necessary evil, but that sort of comfort at that time with this woman was when I truly knew what kind of extraordinarily beautiful and complete person I had found in Lizzie.

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My framework was the most basic outline in comparison with the real thing… she’s got chops. (Music term…bringing the whole jazz thing full circle…see what i did there… yeah…right, but you get it)

In other news, my sketchbook has arrived…so expect to see little to none of me around here for a while.

If you’re new to the blog, check out the rest of the posts “From Him” to read Isaiah’s often humorous and always sweet perspective on the planning process.



Sketchbook Project

by lizzie & isaiah on November 4, 2010 · 21 comments

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

I got Isaiah a little gift today. I bought his entry into the Art House Coop’s Sketchbook Project.

If you haven’t heard about it, definitely check it out, it’s a badass project.

Beyond the obvious exposure to Isaiah’s art, we’ve both been in a tiny creative funk lately. We both have many creative outlets, but Isaiah’s main priority is definitely art. Obviously, his most recent endeavors in graphic design are encompassed by art…but there’s something tricky about confining an artist to a computer…they never get to see the full glory of their work in print. Isaiah has been a graphic designer for more than ten years and has the most marvelously creative eye I’ve ever seen.

But the painting, oh, the painting. The painting that hangs half finished. I’ve been nudging him to get back into his original love of painting and drawing for more than one reason. First, to finish said half-finished painting. Second, because it’s too easy to get into ruts when you’re not getting to see your work’s full experience.

I enlisted him in The Sketchbook Project, to which he hugged me sweetly and said, “Thank you, baby,” in the most humble tone I’ve heard in a long time from this egomaniac. I kid.

I can’t wait to share some of his projects along the way, he’s really brilliant, kids.

Who wants to give Isaiah a gigantic round of applause with me?