Logo for 2020 Christmas in Doylestown

The Christmas in Doylestown House Tour, run by the hard-working volunteers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church since 1992, needed to be re-imagined this year to accommodate social distancing. The highly-anticipated Tour is a holiday tradition for many in the Central Bucks area, allowing delighted attendees of years past to wander through four beautifully-decorated and designed homes in the center of a town filled with historic buildings. Throughout the years the House Tour has raised more than $193,700 for the Bucks County Housing Group to support the Doylestown Homeless Shelter.

My original logo for Christmas in Doylestown, which took place mostly during daylight hours, was this:

The team in charge this year has come up with a number of alternate activities to keep patrons entertained and healthy at the same time, and they hope to still raise some funds for the Homeless Shelter. To avoid crowds, the tour will be primarily in the evening, where anyone can drive or walk down the designated streets to see beautifully lit grand houses from outdoors. There may be entire streets of homes that will participate, so it should be quite a show! This outdoor tour will be free, though donations will be gratefully accepted on behalf of the Bucks County Housing Group.

In addition, St. Paul’s will still hold its popular Christmas Attic sale – with a twist – where shoppers can find great bargains on all sorts of holiday decorations. To keep this safe for patrons, the sale will take place as an online auction.

I updated this year’s logo with suggestions from the CID team, to reflect the changes for 2020, and I think it still makes an eye-catching design –

For further info on this December’s Christmas in Doylestown and Christmas Attic, and to learn how to donate to the Bucks County Housing Group, click HERE.

Leasing my artwork

In the past two weeks I’ve had a couple of requests from Europe (the internet is, at times, an amazing thing) to use some of my artwork in publications. I make much of my copyrighted art (though not all) available for leasing for a reasonable fee.

So my sketch of a flutist from the Quebec Sacred Music Festival will soon be appearing on the cover of a flute concert in Frick, Switzerland, and my H.M.S. Pinafore illustration will grace the posters for a production of that musical by the Bicester (pronounced BIS-ter) Choral and Operatic Society in England.

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If you have a request you can email me, and usually I can respond within a day or two. I make payment of the fee easy by putting a button on my website store page that allows credit card or paypal payment.

Brand Design for a Service Company

I was contacted by Jim Hardy, who owns James A. Hardy Professional Services, to help rebrand the promotional materials for his Advanced Carpet Cleaning service.  When I met with Jim I told him, as a consumer, I like it when companies include the owner’s name in the company title – it might be an old-fashioned thing, but to me it connotes pride in ownership and a value for reputation, because no one wants their name associated with a company that does less than its best. When Jim told me his story of building his company on word-of-mouth recommendations and jobs well done, I could tell that it’s his philosophy too.

taurinobcwpJim had seen a caricature I’d drawn years ago for a mutual friend, Dave Taurino, of Taurino’s Painting. Jim wanted a similar representation of himself in his new logo, using his commercial carpet cleaning equipment, because he wanted the image to be instantly recognizable as relating to carpet cleaning. He also wanted the image to be bright and colorful so it would look great on a new commercial truck he is planning to acquire.

I started by drawing a caricature of Jim (not a very exaggerated form of caricature, just a general likeness) and putting a colorful graphic shape behind him.  Jim sent me photos of the type of cleaning equipment to include, and he noted that he wanted to add “and the Carpet Guys” to the title of the company.

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After some tweaks and with Jim’s input, we developed his business card – below is the initial version on the left and the final version on the right. I’ll write more about Jim’s other branded promotional pieces soon.

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Clown Boy Logo

My son has been performing improv comedy since middle school, and he recently teamed up with another talented friend to form a 2-man improv group called Clown Boy.

I am always amazed when my husband and I attend these improv shows, how these actors can take a spontaneous phrase suggested by the audience and build an entire short play from it, with plenty of laughs.  My son Tom has explained some of the ideas they use in rehearsal to set up scenes, find cues as to where the action is heading, and heighten the humorous situations that develop – but I still think I could never do it off the top of my head like they do!

clownboyskwpThe guys needed a logo for when they appear at local venues in NYC and comedy festivals, so we worked together on a concept. They suggested a design a bit like the traditional comedy/tragedy masks, but using their faces with some clown facepaint added.  They sent me headshots, and I started with a pencil sketch of each of them.

I made a scan of the sketch and colored it in roughly with colored pencil, picked a few typefaces for them to choose, and sent them the mockup below. clownboy4

They requested a few changes – a different typeface and some variations on the clown facepaint. For the finish I redrew the heads a bit tighter using a Faber Castell felt tip, scanned those drawings onto an MS Publisher page and colorized them with the program, using the typeface they chose.

The final logo is below.  They plan to brand their videos and online presence with it, and I’m looking forward to the next time my husband and I can catch Michael Bird and Tom Achilles in an improv show in NYC!

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Logo for a small business

I designed this logo today for a client who is an affiliate of a company that sends greeting cards to friends and colleagues of individuals and businesses.

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If you’d like info about her company and the cards and customization they offer, you can contact Winnie Kenney at cardexpressionsbywin (at) yahoo (dot) com.

The DC CouchCast Logo

My son has performed in improv comedy for years now in Washington and he and a buddy have recently started a podcast highlighting DC comedians and giving news about upcoming comedy happenings.  I just finished the logo for them, below.  (If you want to listen, it’s on SoundCloud, under dccouchcast – I recommend Episode 4, an interview, with Topher Bellavia).

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