BORN TO DIE

A product of recent internet hype, Lana Del Rey is currently one of the most quickly emerging artists.  Her album "Born to Die," which has mixed reviews from critics, drops tomorrow.  I'm interested to see the direction her career goes in.  Will she fade back in obscurity, or will she continue to live up to the hype?

© 2011 shannon snowHer rise to fame seems very calculated, with the change-of-name and plastic surgery she's had.  But I find her fascinating to look at, like watching a living doll.  And as for her music, I actually really like it.  Check out her single "Born to Die" here.

For this piece, I used a repeat pattern that I created a while back.

They Draw and Travel (Drink?)

the last challenge over at Square Carousel was to submit a piece for They Draw and Travel, a super cool collection of illustrated maps from around the world.  

(click for the full image!) © 2011 shannon snowso what we have here is a 20-something's guide to the (limited, but lively) downtown Savannah nightlife.  the overall look was inspired by toile fabric.

long time, no see?

well, hellooo there! it has been a hot minute, hasn't it?  i've just been in hawaii, no big deal or anything.

... but now i'm back to reality, and there will be no more of this not-updating-blog nonsense.  although that doesn't mean that i haven't been busy.  some other illustrators and i have formed an illustration collective - a blog where we post weekly challenges - and it just launched last week!  it's very cool, definitely worth a look or few - Square Carousel Illustration Collective.

first challenge from Square Carousel!and here's some exciting news... check me out in WNC magazine.

last day of my internship

i can’t believe it’s been 6 months since i started interning with painter/illustrator katherine sandoz.  without a doubt, she’s been the most helpful, encouraging, and informative person i’ve met during my time at SCAD.  it’s a little sad that the internship is over, but i’m leaving it a far more successful illustrator than before.

© 2011 shannon snow

published!

finally got my copy of worcester magazine! last march i did an illustration for their annual poetry issue.  maybe you’ll recognize (clockwise) shakespeare, allen ginsberg, elizabeth barret browning, poe, and emily dickinson.

also, a piece of mine was accepted into SCAD’s communication arts show! the show encompasses different pieces from all the majors within the school of communication arts, which includes illustration, advertising, graphic design, and sequential arts.

oh yeah! if you’re in the asheville area, keep an eye out for me in WNC magazine, which is coming out next month.

mission: stretch-a-canvas

today katherine sandoz sat down with fellow intern melissa hagerty and me.  the objective? learn to stretch a canvas.

photo by katherine sandoz

katherine showed us the differences between a good frame and a not-so-good one, different methods of treating the corners, and you just gotta make these things extra tight because savannah is so terribly humid.

photo by katherine sandozmission accomplished!!

hellooo, graduation announcements!

d-day, uh, i mean, graduation is just around the corner!  a little less than three weeks actually.  with all the costs of having my promo mailers and business cards printed, i didn’t have much cash left to have my graduation announcements printed.  solution? screen print them!

inexpensive, simple, and pretty funnn, too.  who wouldn’t appreciate a little hand-made print? and it’ll show my family and friends that i haven’t been finger painting for the last 4 years.

an homage

busy, busy weekend.  between celebrating the kentucky derby savannah-style and mother’s day at six flags, i haven’t had a whole lot of time to update ye olde blog.  now i’m just working on getting all caught up with my work – got my 4×6″ promo mailers ready to print, and soon they will be in the mail and finding their way into the hands of potential clients!

oh, you want to see it? OK!

© 2011 shannon snow

maybe you’ll recognize these three redheaded musicians.  on the bottom is karen elson, followed by alison sudol (of a fine frenzy), and lastly, florence welch (of florence & the machine).

rain, rain, go away...

today started off with a failed attempt to make it out to SCAD‘s sand arts festival.  well, actually, we did make it out to tybee island, and were met with some very chilly rain, so getting a bloody mary at sting ray’s seemed like a good alternative.  eventually the sun came out; i have a pretty strong feeling the bloody mary had something to do with it.

anyhow, there were a few gallery openings this evening.  the highlight was the opening of 1704, one of savannah’s newest galleries. katherine sandoz, who i happen to intern for, was one of the featured artists.

photo by britt spencer

melissa hagerty (fellow intern), me, and katherine

hellooo, hair poster!

 few weeks ago, i found out that a poster of mine was selected for SCAD‘s production of the musical Hair.  really exciting news!  well, what’s even more exciting is spotting it all over savannah.

here she is lookin’ ~large and in charge~ outside the lucas theater.

and i just keep finding her all over downtown!

go see it for yourself when Hair opens may 12 at 8pm at the lucas!

SCAD sidewalk arts

so, i entered SCAD‘s sidewalk arts festival this past saturday.  it’s one of my favorite events thats SCAD puts on; i’ve been partaking in it for the past 4 years.  undergrads, grads, alumni, and prospective students are allowed to participate.  we basically get a box of sidewalk chalk and 3 hours to art our hearts out.

and here i am with my square.  about 45 minutes before the event, i decided to draw scotland’s very own infamous sea monster.