it is what it is…

January 23, 2009

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In addition to the loss of my beloved RockStar Reds and Eat Your Greens series, seems my printer will no longer be able to accommodate the 8×10 size either…eeek!

While I’ve enjoyed this journey from the Southern Girl’s Cookbook, to the Taste of the Month with Skirt!, and ultimately their last hoorah at The Produce Stand, I’m thinking it’s time to move in a new direction.  Time to get back to my painting roots, and come up with a new series to keep me up at night.

Fret not, my foodie loving friends… your collections just became a  little more exclusive!  These were produced in very limited editions, so if you’ve been pondering that Fish for Dinner, now’s the time to click click buy!

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special thanks!

May 27, 2008

I met Ann & Joe at the Gordonston Art Fair.   Just so turns out, they had a beautiful wall in their kitchen…most suitable for the new Foodie Prints

Thanks Ann & Joe for your support of my work!  I hope you love them for years to come, and send my best to Dolce.

it’s come full circle…

February 5, 2008

A few years ago, I…(along with dear friend Dana Jo)…concocted a promotional idea to get my foot in the door with some editorial outfits.  The goal was to create something that would be hard to throw away…something that could sit on someone’s desk for a while…and so began the Southern Girl’s Cookbook…(an interesting concept, as I cannot cook for the life of me….)  I spent an eternity (just ask my father) preparing the interior illustrations, compiling the recipes, and coming up with a crafty presentation.  I was warned (by Dad in particular) that the idea might not work on the first round, and to be patient….(not a real strong personality trait of mine…)  So you can imagine how surprised I must have been when Nikki called just 5 days after I mailed the first batch.  This of course, marked the beginning of the Taste of the Month for Skirt! Mag…a series that ran for nearly 19 months, having just ended in December of 2007.

Oddly enough, just around the death of the Taste of the Month, I received one of the original cookbooks in the mail.  The editor of Southern Lady Magazine, had apparently found it hard to throw away, and some two years later decided to mail it back to me…

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Isn’t it funny how things come full circle?

updates…

January 3, 2008

I know…I know…I need to post some drawings/paintings/new work to this bloggity blog blog…however, since my trip to Florida for Christmas, I’ve been working on some serious website updates.  If you have a few moments visit FLYoung Studio and see the latest.  I’ve posted a slide show of the Southside Shellfish mural, a slew of Taste of the Month Illustrations, and the final pen & inks from the Christmas rush….(you mostly saw the pencil works via this blog, not the final inked versions….)  Anywho, I’m on the road again tomorrow…off to Atlanta for a few days, so I probably won’t post…but I’m not driving, so I hope to get some “sketch time” in while we ride along that boring interstate.

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