Of all the Savannah Pen & Ink sketches I’ve done over the years, this one has always been the favorite.  I love the sneak peak of St. John’s Cathedral through the trees, and I sure hope I’ve done it justice by adding a splash of color…feel free to critique! Oh and to refresh your memory, here’s the classic black & white version.

lafayette

©2009 Heather L. Young

I’m Baaaaaaaaack!!!!!!

October 21, 2009

Whew!  The past month (or year really) has been quite the whirlwind.  In case you didn’t hear, Nick and I finally tied the knot on our 10 year anniversary this year!  It was a magical experience, and it still feels so surreal.  We had so many helping hands and creative minds that made this all come together, and I want to take a few blog entries to not only get you up to speed, but to thank all of those folks that contributed to our special day.

In studio news, things are starting to pick up for the Holidays.  Commissions are booking fast…so if you’d like a custom Pen & Ink or Pet Portrait this year, be sure to get your name on the list pronto!

I’m also working on some new Savannah Prints to debut in time for Christmas, so if you get bored with the wedding run-down, come back in a week or so, and I’m all business…promise!

The Holidays are right around the corner!  Now’s the time to get your custom pen & ink drawing started, and for a little incentive, I’ve dropped the price from $250 to $200!  So commission that ink, and use the extra $50 to order 50 fabulously matching note cards!

Here’s how the process works:

1.  I start with a photograph.  You can supply a photo of your old family home, your cousins house in Wyoming, or if you’re local to Savannah, I prefer to take my own shots.

2.  I draw up a pencil sketch for your approval.  You tell me if I’ve missed that ever-so-unique weather-vane, or little detail that makes your house a home.

3.  We make any final adjustments, and then it’s time to play with ink.  Your final image is an 11×14 inch drawing with archival ink, and comes with a black mat and a sassy pinwheel bow.

4.  Last, but certainly  not least, for a $1 per note,  you can have your house printed on fine Crane Stationery from my friends at Turtle Creek.  Perfect for that “anytime” note!

I’ve even had small prints made of the old family home, so that everyone in the family can have a memory of that special place!  The possibilities are endless!

So take advantage of that low rate, and availability…(last year my schedule booked up pretty fast)…and commission your ink today!  You can do so easily via The Ink Lab, or if you’d rather not have to “sign in” to etsy, then just shoot me an email at Heather@FLYoungStudio.com and I’ll send you an invoice.

Thanks for stopping by!

a full plate…

October 5, 2008

I knew I should have started that Vayda-Christmas card illustration a few weeks ago!  Things are really heating up around here.  3 pen & inks, 3 pet portraits, a new mural in the works, and the SMB is less than a week away.  YIKES!  So you can imagine, the slew of lists floating around the studio…tacked to the fridge, sticky-notes on the computer monitor, and a mopey dog…(if it wasn’t football season, I’d be adding a neglected fiance to that list.)  Oh and for those of you so patiently waiting for the final pics of the Pirate’s House Mural…we’re in the process of tweaking a bit here and there…so I’d rather wait to post until the top coat is on and it is 110% complete!  Thanks for your patience! Oh yeah…and if you’re thinking that this is the year you’re finally going to commission the custom pen & ink drawing of your home or garden…now’s the time to get on the list!

©2008 Heather L. Young

Whew!  One of these days I’ll have time to plan a wedding!

That’s right!  I’ve made it easier than ever to order your custom pen & ink drawings, Savannah prints, and Savannah notes!  Check out the new store here:  http://theinklab.etsy.com

Oh and special thanks to all of you who have helped promote my ink work. It’s been so much fun to document homes and businesses from across the U.S.  Oh and don’t forget Christmas is just around the corner!

where to begin?

August 27, 2008

So many exciting things happening in the studio right now, I don’t even know where to begin!  I just finished a pen & ink drawing for a lovely couple that will be taking some of their new notes all the way to Switzerland this month .

©2008 Heather L. Young, FLYoungStudio.com

Finally managed to order a few samples of the new “Green Series” from my printer…(It will be like Christmas when they arrive!)…Sold four Foodie Prints to a lovely lady that requested them a little larger…that’s right folks!  Now I can offer a 10×12 (but for the moment, they will have to be special ordered, whereas I have 8×10’s in stock…just email me if you’re interested.)  Found a smidgen of time to draw up a new business card for Bekah, and photographed another house for inking.  Oh yeah, and I received a call from one of my most favorite clients…but I’m keeping that project under wraps for now.  I’m sure I missed a thing or two…but you get the idea…So if I seem a bit scattered for the next few days, know that it’s not the wedding taking over my life, it’s all about business.

Happy Wednesday!

A custom pen & ink of a home or garden makes for the perfect Christmas gift!  And no, the house doesn’t have to be in Savannah for me to draw it…in fact, I rather enjoy drawing the old family home back in North Carolina, or the Beach House in Marco…so hurry and get on the list!  Last year, some folks had to wait until January for their sketch..(I mean, I only have one drawing hand…)…so drop me a line and commission your ink today!

rough pencil sketch, Skidaway Island, GA home

a sweet surprise…

July 23, 2008

came in the mail yesterday!   One of my clients finally had my pen & ink of his house printed up on notes, and was so kind as to send me one!  I was even more impressed, that he took such care as to have my name printed on the back.  (Ray, you’re the best!  I can’t wait to work it into a Christmas Card for you!)

Anywho, this kind gesture reminded me, that I’ve yet to post much about my new notes to this blog!  For months I’ve been working with local stationer Turtle Creek. (if you haven’t visited their little boutique at the corner of Montgomery Crossroads and Whitebluff, then you are really missing out!)  Most anyone that commissions a pen & ink of their home or business, also likes to have the image printed on notes, and for years, I just turned over a disk to the client, and told them to go to the printer of their choice.  In turn, some people never took the time to find a printer, others found a printer but neglected to give me a byline, and some were of better quality than others…after a very busy 2007 Holiday Season, I decided it was time to do the leg work, and find a printer.  Turtle Creek just happens to have the best stock around, and at a good rate.  Each note is printed on fine Crane Stationary, and at roughly 3.5″ x 5″, they are the perfect size for the “anything” note!  Here’s a peek…

I just love that they got my little nesting bird on the back, and it’s just amazing how something as simple as an embossed edge can add so much to the overall feel.  Thank you Turtle Creek for roughing it out, and making this little idea of mine a reality!

roots

May 26, 2008

Some months ago, I was asked to bring the Crab Shack menu back to its roots.   And by roots, I mean  years ago a waiter scribbled out some  clever illustrations, hand-lettered it, and colored it with whatever highlighters, crayons or miscellaneous drawing utensils he had in his apron.  At first I was a bit hesitant, but after working out a rough draft and reviewing some of the newer (computer generated ) incarnations of the menu, I understood exactly why the owners wanted to revert back to the good old days.

It got me thinking about my pre-SCAD days.  I was so anti-computers, I took the minimum required amount of computer classes to earn my degree…I wanted nothing to do with them, even for things not related to art…and if I had to use them for a school project, it was like pulling teeth.

While I still illustrate by hand, each piece is now scanned into the computer for edits, or simply to upload to this blog, or just for record keeping…being “connected” has become an essential part of my personal life and an integral part of my business…and it’s just amazing how a computer glitch can really turn an ordinary day upside down.

So many thanks to Michelle and to The Crab Shack…it was great to get back to my own roots for this project…

New Front

New Back

artist statement

April 3, 2008

Seems so unnatural to try and capture my creative spirit into a “statement.”  Seems to me the “statement” should be found in one’s work…and that perhaps the “statement” should translate differently for each individual viewer…

Didn’t have much choice but to produce one…and so here it is…as best I can put into words:

As children we have such a pure sense of creativity and the world around us.  Unfortunately for most, this sense is lost along the path to adulthood.  My goal as an artist is to dissect and explore the world around me, to pay homage to the folks who have supported my dream and kept my creative spirit alive, and to inspire the youth of today to hold onto their creative instincts.

I explore a variety of mediums when it comes to art.  I love the idea of working in a traditional style of pen & ink. It’s a rhythmic process that brings me back to my roots.  Mural work provides the greatest challenge, as it is a life consuming process where the possibilities are endless.  Illustrating with Acrylic & Oil Wash allows me to study color like a science, and dissect my subject matter down to pure composition.  I thrive on learning new techniques and refuse to conform to any one method of creation.

I currently find myself inspired by time spent in the kitchen with my loved ones.  While I cannot cook to save my life, food illustration is my way of capturing some of those fun memories.

Everyday I wake up inspired to create.  I keep an open mind as to where my creative journey will take me, and I’m eternally grateful to have held onto that pure creativity from my youth. 

And there you have it.  My statement.