Art Show This Friday!

I’m very excited that this Friday March 30th from 6-8pm I will be hosting an art show! I haven’t had one in 20 years so this is really exciting – it’s free and will be fun! If you are in the Brooklyn area, the cafe is Connecticut Muffin Cafe – 423 Myrtle Avenue on the corner of Clinton Avenue. Plus as a bonus, you’ll get to meet my parents who are in town from Chicago.

The artwork showcases some illustrations and caricature work that I have done over the years and each piece is for sale. My 9/11 piece called “Never Forgotten” will have 100% of the proceeds donated to the Families of the 9/11 memorial fund.

I will also have some cute illustrations there nicely framed and done with water colors such as Foxy Night, Dancing Pigs and Sea Buddies.  Plus, I will be selling some greeting cards as well.

I hope to see you all there! 
For more info and directions, go to this link here  www.cathynolan.eventbrite.com

An Irish Blessing to You All

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sunshine warmly upon your face
The rains fall gently upon your fields
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Latin2Latin Love

A few years ago I worked with Arminda (Mindy) Figueroa while I was an employee at Scholastic Media. Mindy has a fiesty fun energy and such a wonderful “can do” attitude. Well, years later she is now the CEO of Latin2Latin Marketing and runs this agency in NYC and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was hired to do a caricature of Mindy to celebrate her birthday and 5th anniversary of her success. Check out www.latin2latin.com after you read about my artistic process.

Taking the theme of “The Little Engine that Could” I sketched some ideas to the client and they approved this one. Here is my concept sketch:

Approved concept sketch

The most challenging part for me in this art process is the actual sketching of the layout to make sure all the components in the composition “fit” on the page properly.  Here is the sketch of my layout:

Sketched layout

Afterwards, I always start with coloring the background, usually with pastel and then the face. These are the two most challenging parts of the artwork that I usually like to get done first. I start with pastel flesh tones and then to develop the softness and add detailed features, blend in with color pencils.

                                 
                                                 Final Artwork


What do you think of this process? For any caricature needs just email
me at cathy@cathynolan.com or cnolanart@hotmail.com

MazelTov to Lyla Tov Monsters!

So, a few weeks ago I was able to get into NYC’s TOY FAIR and it was great fun to see all the new toys and products out for 2012. One of my colleagues from my old Scholastic days is Eric Black. Eric and his wife Erin have a daughter Lyla who is five years old who is already in big business!  Lyla Tov Monsters were designed by little Lyla to be protectors and help other children get a good night’s sleep. Each Lyla Tov monster is one of a kind and unique because they are each handcrafted by Lyla and her family here in New York City.  I loved how each monster was hand made and had brilliant colors and they were so soft and cuddly! Eric and Erin had a great response. Want a monster for your child or for yourself? Then please go and check out http://www.lylatov.com 

Now, any suggestions on what I should name my monster? 
      This is my monster that protects my art studio                  
Eric and Erin Black at Toy Fair 

Lyla, the creator of Lyla Tov Monsters

Toy Fair Fun

Toy Fair came and went and it was a lot of fun walking around the show. Here are some photos of some of my favorite things that I found to be pretty fun to play with for 2012. I am thinking about joining the group, Women In Toys which is a professional networking base for women working in the toy, licensing and entertainment industry. If you are interested in joining, talk to Heidi Schwartz who is the membership director and really great. More information is at: http://www.womenintoys.com

Here were my favorite fun images that I thought were cool at TOY FAIR
Super huge sock monkey and Hello Kitty by Ty Toys
Very cool USB holder “Mimobots” from Momoco
This Lego girl was around my height at Lego
Tune in for next week’s blog on LylaTov Monsters!

CHA Winter Show Recap

Here I am with my colorful fun designer showcase table

Earlier this year I went to the Craft and Hobby Association Winter show in Anaheim, California. As a CHA designer member for two years, this was the first time I was able to display my artwork in the Designer Showcase section. Over fifty designers participated and it was a great platform to show all sorts of artwork and styles to other designers, manufacturers and retailers. I was able to meet some great contacts one of them including John Menzer, the CEO of Michaels Crafts stores and his creative team. 

Besides having the opportunity to meet him, I also met celebrities like Tori Spelling and Deborah Norville.  What I love about these conferences is not only being able to reconnect with other CHA designer members and meet cool people in the scrap booking and craft industry, but I learned so much! The educational series was terrific – I was able to beef up my Photoshop skills with the talented Helen Bradley, learn more about the essence of product development, social media marketing and blogging.

If you are interested in learning more about CHA, please visit http://www.craftandhobby.org

The Summer show will be in Rosemont, Illinois at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center July 16th through July 19th 2012.  Here were some of the highlights from my experience at the show:

Meeting other CHA Designer members 
The 2012 CHA Designer Council: Lisa Rojas, Loraine Mason, Tiffany Windsor, Eileen Hull, Ann Butler, Carol Heppner and Theresa Cifali
Meeting other creative designers and celebrities who love to create

The DCVW booth won best exhibitor at the show

Happy Valentines Day – Celebrating YOU!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Some of you love this holiday and others of you hate it – I get it! But what this day really comes down to is loving ourselves – with or without that Romeo or Juliette!

Enclosed is my fun fat-cat full of LOVE to help us remember some stuff: 
Listen to your intuition – it’s usually pretty spot on
   Observe your actions – are you being nice to yourself?
                    Value who you are – you are unique!
                    Embrace all of aspects of yourself-  faults and good traits

Face it, we all need LOVE – even those greedy wall street bankers! So do something really cool for yourself today because when you love who you are, it’s easier to share that love around. 
Have a great day!



Cathy Nolan Launches Licensing Collection at CHA

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (January 17th) – Illustrator and licensor Cathy Nolan will be showcasing her fun-loving characters and illustrations at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) 2012 Winter Conference and Trade Show in Anaheim, California January 29h to February 1st, 2012.  Nolan’s lively characters have been known internationally and her energetic images translate well for rubber stamps, stationary notebooks, stickers, greeting cards and promotional items.
 
Nolan’s work will be on view at the CHA’s Designer Showcase  (Table 27) on Monday and Tuesday January 30th and 31st on Level 2 in room 204ABC from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  Manufacturers and retailers can meet the artist and pick up a free note pad that features wonderful character designs during the Designer Spotlight Event on Monday evening January 30th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
 
“I love to create characters that bring joy and happiness to consumers and am so excited to be finally participating in CHA this year” Nolan says. “I believe that CHA attendees will enjoy my art and characters because they show great fun and emotion. My international experience from working with a variety of clients over the years helps me understand their needs on a per project basis.” 
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Ms. Nolan launched her career in greeting card illustration in 1999 at SURTEX.  She also has exhibited at The Brand Licensing Show in London, The International Licensing Expo and participated in KIDSCREEN and MIPCOM conferences. She has developed two of her own Intellectual properties called SHHHHEEPZ and JUNGLE JOY and has years of experience in product development and licensing.
 
Clients such as Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Nicecards.com, The Holiday Channel.com have commissioned Cathy’s illustrations for eCards.  She has also illustrated for numerous clients including Scholastic, Scholastic Media, HSBC, Highlights for Children Magazine, American Airlines, London City Airport, WEBEX and US ad agencies.  Her work has been recognized internationally and she is now looking to bring her characters to licensing worldwide.  For more information or to make an appointment during the show, please contact Cathy at:www.cathynolan.com or email cathy@cathynolan.com.

Off to the David Letterman show today!

One of my dreams is coming true! Today I will be going to the David Letterman Show! Years ago before I moved to New York City, I loved watching him on television during late night. Back in the days there was a lot of controversy regarding him leaving NBC for CBS. As a pop culture fanatic, I was getting caught up in media hype (kind of like with what went on recently between Conan vs. Jay). I was “drawn” to draw Mr. Letterman’s caricature because he had a great face – especially those teeth! 
I love this piece because it shows the depth and texture of his face with great detail. Trust me, this took quite a while to complete. 
My technique was to layer the skin tones first starting with pink pencils diagonally in one direction, then yellow tones in the opposite direction.  Slowly the flesh tones begin to surface a bit with these two colours. I then with flesh tone pencils fill in the gaps of the image and the face starts to shine. With a bit of pastel to blend tones the artwork came together. The finishing touches were done with black ink and then highlight the eyes – In my view the eyes are most important because they capture the soul.

Now whether Dave has a soul is another story! Maybe I’ll bring this to the studio with me today. 
What do you think? :0)

2012 – The Year of the Dragon

Happy New Year to you all! 2012 is going to be a great year for us all and it’s because it’s the year of the dragon! What does the dragon symbolize? In Chinese culture, the Dragon is to be a deliverer of good fortune and no one messes with this creature. Being a master of authority, the Dragon is a free spirit , colorful and flamboyant creature who commands big ideas, big dreams and big ambitions. This is to be a transformational life-changing year! 2012 will be a good year to improve oneself, take calculated risks and build wealth. The year 2012 holds a lot of great promise and may be a major transition in your life.

Every January most of us like to set goals and aspirations – whatever they may be, keep it simple.
Here are a few tips to keep focus and clear on your goals:

1. Tap into your hearts desire – what do you really want to accomplish this year?
2. Ask yourself what baby steps you can begin with towards that one goal? Make a list of 3 small steps.
3. Surround yourself with positive people who can cheer you on bit by bit and ask them to hold
    you accountable via Twitter, Facebook, email or a phone call.
4. Check in with yourself once a week to see what step(s) you were able to acheive. Reward yourself!
5. If you weren’t able to achieve it, ask yourself why and regroup and reassess – but don’t be so hard
    on yourself-Rome was not built in a day!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful year full of abundance and success! Cathy xo