Cooper Young Festival 2016 Poster Design

The annual Cooper-Young Festival is coming up next month, and this year I had the honor and pleasure of creating the festival poster! Each year for the past 25+ years, the festival committee has selected an artist who lives or works in the neighborhood to design the poster. I was happily surprised to be asked to take on the job this year!

Cooper Young Festival 2016 Poster by Jenean Morrison

My studio is located in the heart of the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Memphis, so in the weeks after receiving the assignment, I spent some time walking around the neighborhood taking photos, thinking about objects, textures and landmarks that I could use for the poster. I also spent some time with Tamara Cook in the CYBA office––we looked at all of the posters from the past years and discussed what we liked about them, what seemed to work best, and what message the festival committee wanted to communicate with the poster.

Cooper Street is lined with gingko trees, so I knew I wanted to incorporate the ginkgo leaf into the poster. My first few drafts of the poster focused primarily on the ginkgo leaf, but I also wanted to use more elements from the neighborhood in the final design.

Gingko leaves in Cooper Young

I was also drawn to the geometry of the gazebo that sits on the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. I started thinking it would be a nice contrast to have the organic nature of the ginkgo leaves juxtaposed with the strong lines of the gazebo. I used my photos as a loose guide to create the elements of the gazebo. I first drew the gazebo in Adobe Illustrator. It’s easy for me to create something perfectly geometric in that program.

CYFestival 2016 Poster Work in Progress, Jenean Morrison

Once I'd created the template for the gazebo in Illustrator, I saved the image and took it over to my iPad Pro, where I opened the image in Adobe Draw. There I traced it and added some decorative lines other elements.

CYFestival 2016 Poster Work in Progress, Jenean Morrison
CYFestival 2016 Poster Work in Progress, Jenean Morrison

I then added some color so that when I took it back into Illustrator I could change those as much as I wanted to.

CYFestival 2016 Poster Work in Progress, Jenean Morrison

Once I had the gazebo drawn it was time to play around some more in Illustrator and Draw. I drew some flowers in Draw to represent the beds at the bottom of the gazebo. And since I see birds and squirrels out my window every day here in Cooper-Young, I thought it would be cool to put them in the mix. I also knew I wanted to include a kitty cat or two, in honor of the House of Mews cat rescue agency a couple of blocks from my studio. 

Cooper Young Festival, Adobe Draw, Jenean Morrison

And finally I wanted to add something related to the great music we hear at the festival each year, so I added the guitars. These were also drawn in Adobe Draw. I found an image of a guitar using Adobe Stock and then loosely traced it and added a pattern fill of those gingko leaves.

Here are a few of the rough drafts and early versions I came up with along the way.

Each year at the festival the neighborhood association sells posters and t-shirts featuring the poster design. In addition to the color posters, we also printed some in black and white for people to color!

Cooper Young Festival Coloring Poster 2016 by Jenean Morrison

Last week we had a poster reveal and kickoff party, and I signed posters for the guests. I brought some markers and lots of people colored their posters while they enjoyed some great music and wine. I also created an original piece of art based on the poster design and we auctioned that off as well. For the original piece I had the black and white poster printed on canvas and I used paint and markers to color it.

Cooper Young Festival Poster 2016 by Jenean Morrison
Cooper Young Festival Poster 2016 by Jenean Morrison
Cooper Young Festival Poster 2016 by Jenean Morrison
Cooper Young Festival Kickoff Party
Jenean Morrison Cooper Young Festival Poster Signing
Jenean Morrison Cooper Young Festival Poster Signing 2016

As you can see from the posters, the festival is Saturday, September 17th, and I'll have a booth in my usual spot on Cooper in front of my studio. If you attend the festival, I hope you'll stop by and say hello! I'll be selling coloring books, fabrics and lots of other fun stuff. Hope to see you there!

Surtex 2016 Highlights

Hi friends!

I've intended to write a Surtex recap ever since I got back a few weeks ago, yet I've been so busy catching up on work and following up with new leads, that I have put this post off repeatedly. I found some time today, so here are few pics, a couple of highlights, a handful of thoughts and some links to some really great recaps from other exhibiting artists!

Surtex was great! This was my first time to exhibit since 2005, and it was just as much fun as I remembered. I have to say, designing a 10x10 booth-- be it for Quilt Market or Surtex or the Cooper Young Festival-- is one of my favorite things to do! It is such a joy to create an entire environment based around my art!

I used several great resources when preparing for the show-- the best one being Khristian Howell's TradeShow and Tell guide and Facebook group (for users of the guide). The guide is packed with informative and inspirational videos, tons of helpful info about exhibiting at trade shows, and a schedule to help you keep on track with your planning. I found it very useful (and encouraging!) and I highly recommend it!! 

I've been reading some of the other recaps from this year and every person's experience really is unique. Our busiest days, our slowest days, the types of clients we met... it all varies widely from artist to artist. So many different factors (booth design, pre-show marketing, booth location, art style, appointments, etc) go into determining the kind of show each artist has, and it is so interesting to read about the show from the perspective of others. For me, the show was great-- I met new contacts for a wide variety of products including fabrics, gift wrap, wallpaper, rugs, lots of different coloring products, and stationery. I'm in the middle of followup now, and I'm hoping to turn some of these meetings into awesome collaborations!

Here are a few recaps that give a little more detail about the show if you are interested:

Jeanetta Gonzales is one of my favorite artists, and I loved everything about her booth! Read about her booth design and her overall experience in these two great posts! 

I met Amy L. Frazer first in the TradeShow and Tell Facebook group, then again (in person) bright and early on the first morning of Surtex setup. Although she is an experienced artist, this was her first time to set up at Surtex, and she wrote a really in-depth post about her experience. 

Misha Zadeh's booth was another one of my favorites and she shares photos and a great recap here on her blog!

Big thanks to Monica Lee for helping me out the whole week! Thanks to Nicole Tamarin for her positivity, helpfulness, and her Phillips head screwdriver! And thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth! It was so nice to meet you all, and I'm looking forward to staying in touch with all of my new artist friends and collaborating with new clients!



Recent iPad Artwork

My iPad Pro and Apple Pencil arrived last month and I've been putting them to good use! Here are a few of my favorite recent sketches. These first ones were created in a combination of Adobe Sketch and Adobe Draw.

Jenean Morrison iPad Artwork 2016
Jenean Morrison iPad Artwork 2016
Jenean Morrison iPad Artwork 2016
Jenean Morrison iPad Artwork 2016
Jenean Morrison iPad Artwork 2016
Jenean Morrison iPad Artwork 2016

I've been playing a lot with the watercolor brushes in Adobe Sketch--- here are a few of my recent favorites using that tool.

Jenean Morrison iPad Artwork 2016
Jenean Morrison iPad Artwork 2016
Jenean Morrison iPad Artwork 2016
Jenean Morrison iPad Artwork 2016

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have an awesome week!!

Capturing a New Coloring Page with Adobe

Hi there, friends! I hope your 2016 is off to a great start! Currently I'm working on a supercool project with the wonderful folks at Adobe, and we could use your help! As you may know by now, I am a huge fan of the Adobe mobile apps-- I use them in my work just about every day. Adobe Capture is one of my faves-- it has different components, but one of the things you can do is capture shapes and save them to your Creative Cloud library to use in your designs.

I've teamed up with Adobe to create a coloring page based on shapes that AdobeCapture users send in. The idea for this project is for you to capture something you love, submit the shape, then I'll combine the shapes into a coloring page just in time for Valentine's Day!

You can read all about the project here on the Adobe blog. You have until January 29th to submit your shapes, and I'll take it from there!

And speaking of Adobe Capture, here are some ways I'm using it with the newly-released public domain collections from the New York Public Library. Over 180000 images have been made available for use by the public, and artists are encouraged to remix and reuse the images. I used the Brush function in Capture to create a brush of the artwork below on the left. I then took that brush into Adobe Sketch and created the design on the right. The palette was created using the Colors function in Capture.

Jenean Morrison + NYPL Remix + Adobe Capture

Here is another one I created using the same process.

Jenean Morrison + NYPL Remix + Adobe Capture

For this design, I pulled a bird shape from one of the images, turned it into a brush and scattered it around in Sketch.

Jenean Morrison + NYPL Remix + Adobe Capture

Like many artists, I often gravitate toward the same shapes and colors, so this app provides a nice way to get outside of my head with my art! 

I'll be back soon with a few more updates and some new art to share. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the shapes that are submitted for the coloring page. Let me know if you submit anything--I'll keep an eye out for it!

Flower Designs Coloring Book, Volume 2

I'm so happy to let you know that Volume 2 of my Flower Designs Coloring Book series is now available at Amazon and other cool shops!

Flower Designs Coloring Book, Volume 2 by Jenean Morrison

If you enjoyed the first volume, I think you're going to love this one just as much! I've created 50 new designs for coloring, consisting of flower bouquets, floral mandalas, repeat patterns and really pretty stand-alone prints. Here are a few of my colored pages. Most of these were colored with Stabilo markers.

Flower Designs Coloring Book , Volume 2 by Jenean Morrison
Flower Designs Coloring Book, Volume 2 by Jenean Morrison
Flower Designs Coloring Book, Volume 2 by Jenean Morrison

I hope you'll share your colored pages-- I love seeing how you fill the designs with color! If you share them on instagram, please tag me: @jeneanmorrison or use the hashtag #jeneanmorrison so I can find them! I hope your holidays are going wonderfully!

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November Updates

I spent a wonderful week in Los Angeles last month for the AdobeMax conference. While attending I also collaborated with attendees in the Adobe Make It booth, sharing tips and techniques for working in the Adobe mobile apps on the iPad. The conference is a great mix of information and inspiration, and I even had a chance to try out the new iPad Pro! Word on the Apple site says they are going on sale in November and I can't wait!

As usual I returned from Max full of inspiration and energy to create. I painted ten new paintings over the course of the last month, and they are all for sale starting tonight as a part of the 12th Annual St. George's Fine Art Show. They are acrylic on canvas and range in size from 16" x 16" to 24" x 24". I'll list any of the paintings that don't sell in my shop next week! I'm also working on some new works, and I'll be opening up my studio for visitors quite a bit between now and the new year.

© 2015 Jenean Morrison. "Wanderlust", Acrylic on Canvas
© 2015 Jenean Morrison "Departure" Acrylic on Canvas

Here is an iPad sketch using the same layout and concept. I created it in Adobe Photoshop Sketch. I really love the new watercolor brushes the came with the latest update!

© 2015 Jenean Morrison iPad Sketch created in Adobe Photoshop Sketch

In case you missed it, I contributed a downloadable coloring page to one of my favorite sites, Design Mom. You can download and print the page as many times as you'd like, giving you plenty of opportunities to try new techniques and coloring styles!

Coloring Page by Jenean Morrison for Design Mom
Coloring Page by Jenean Morrison for Design Mom

I also recently received copies of my coloring books from both my Brazilian and Italian publishers! It is always so exciting to see how publishers in other countries choose to interpret the book covers. These are from Newton Compton Editori, and they are just gorgeous! They are hard cover books, but the covers are padded and really beautiful!

Jenean Morrison Coloring Books for Newton Compton Editori

And here are the books from Brazil, published by Edipro. They kept the layout the same as I had it, but they combined the colors in a really beautiful way! I love them so much!

Jenean Morrison Coloring Books by Edipro, Brazil


One more note... Amazon has my 2016 Coloring Calendar marked down to $31.49! It is a great price for 300+ pages of coloring. I think you are going to love it!

2016 Coloring Calendar by Jenean Morrison

 I hope your November is off to an awesome start!!