off to a good start…

January 1, 2008

Vayda-Monkey and I have been featured in the latest Savannah issue of Skirt! Magazine.  If you’re local be sure to pick up a copy or read the extended version here.  Didn’t Vayda smile nice for the camera?

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photo by Hannah Gaber Saletan

p.s. Special thanks to Skirt! for their support of my work.  It’s been an honor to illustrate for such a wonderful publication.

you can’t catch me…

December 4, 2007

…that is unless my skirt hinders me…

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All Artwork Copyright Heather L. Young 2007

So when Skirt! called, and requested gingerbread for December’s Taste…I couldn’t resist putting our little man in a skirt…after-all, if you’re a real live man featured in the mag, you must wear a skirt…(one exception that I’m aware of…)

in case you missed it…

November 9, 2007

The PMS Party, celebrating the launch of Nikki Hardin and Caitilin McPhillip’s book, Problems Men Started, had a huge turn out. Of course, I expected the usual “shark tank” enthusiasts to be there, but there were also an array of interesting women and men, that you don’t usually find at the various networking circles in Savannah. Oh and Bekah Dahling skipped out on a school night to be my partner in crime…

The icing on the cake, was finally meeting Nikki in person…after all, she took the Southern Girl’s Cookbook and turned it into a monthly gig for me…(a true gem, she is)…Oh and let’s not forget what the event was all about…PMS…get your hands on a copy for a good laugh, or get your hands on two and give one to your bestie for Christmas.

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as promised…

November 6, 2007

a glimpse into my acrylic and oil wash technique.  Of course, every illustration starts with a series of sketches, then color comps…(ask Nick and he’ll tell you I’ve turned choosing colors into a science)…but I won’t bore you with all that…suffice to say, painting is a process…

This is my preferred method of painting, as it involves a subtractive technique…the illustration below is featured in the current issue of Skirt Magazine.

step 1 ~ acrylic on illustration board…patterned paper underneath…

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step 2 ~ more acrylic underpainting

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step 3 ~ adding and subtracting oil wash

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step 4 ~ layering and layering…until I’m satisfied….

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add some finishing touches and she’s ready for print…

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Sweet potato illustration.  Copyright Heather L. Young 2007

if only…

October 25, 2007

I was a South Carolina voter!  I’m not going to comment too much on the political scene, there are plenty of other blogs to do that for you…but I’ll put this one little bid out there for my love of Skirt! Magazine, and the genius that is Colbert.

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If any of you should know a little birdie that may know another little birdie that might just know this man, please get him a copy of Skirt!

Sorry to you all for neglecting my little piece of the web here…Nick and I are on our way to Hilton Head for the weekend, but in my mind I’m already sipping a margarita by the sea! And since I won’t be blogging til my return, I would like to thank the crew at Laser Health Savannah….(one day in advance of my first smoke-free week) for all their wonderful service, friendliness, and support. I promise to never be one of those reformed smokers that looks down my nose at those who still smoke…but if you would like to say goodbye to your “evil little friend”…these are the folks you should know! And in case you missed it, Carrots for Skirt! Magazine October 2007. (They are a great substitute for my long lost evil little friend) Happy Friday to all!

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After attending the Business Expo…(a shark tank at it’s finest)…I received a call, that I had won a series of treatments that will help me quit the cancer sticks, reduce stress, and lose weight…hmmm….considering I never win anything of real value, I took this as a sign I need to improve on my current lifestyle…the other “sign” came when my Mother arrived in town, and her first words….”wow you’ve got a bit of a belly”…followed by “at least no one can say you look anorexic anymore”…hmmm…got me thinking I really do need to start taking better care of myself….I’ve finally made the switch to diet soda…and bought the “light” mayo at the grocery last night…I’d also like to apologize in advance to anyone who may come in contact with me while I’m craving fatty food, and nicotine.

A portrait of my future diet…

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Published in Skirt! Magazine, copyright 2007 Heather L. Young