Cold calling is never the answer.

For a business that wants to reach out to new customers in a friendly, personal manner, cold calling is not the way to go. So, Richard Neal of Integrated Network Solutions came up with a better plan: why not send handwritten, personalized greeting cards to help spark a relationship with those potential customers first?

Together, we came up with the concepts and copywriting for four custom business-related greeting card designs. Once the ideas were in place, I illustrated each one, and below is what I came up with! What a great opportunity to help bring a clever marketing vision to life. (Fun fact: the two dogs are Mojo and Jasper, Richard's precious pups!)

each card has a special phrase on the inside, too.

Sure is tough out here in the cold...
We hope it's nice and warm when we speak with you.

In case you haven't heard the news...
We'd love to come tell you all about it!

Well this is no way to break the ice...
Why don't we give you a call instead?

We sure hope you take our call...
...Or we just might bite.

I can hear the bells...

Wedding season is around the corner, and I've been keeping myself very busy with lots of custom illustrations, invite designs, calligraphy... my absolute favorite types of side projects to take on!

This one here is a design that will be used for the back of the wedding invitations, RSVP cards, etc. as a custom "map" of the bride and groom's story. It features the chapel where they were engaged, the Charlotte NC skyline, their wedding venue, and new family home complete with their pup smilin' nearby. The flowers are the ones in the wedding and the cotton is significant to the venue's history. I had such a fun time working on it and LOVE how the final piece turned out!

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Run, Forrest, Run

Another week, another new project to share! This time our key word was wayfarer (person who travels on foot) & the design theme was illustrative. I decided to recreate Forrest Gump as a stylized character and play around with some warped perspectives of him running around. Take a look at the finished frames below! I've added the full piece as a portfolio page too — click the link if ya'd like to see some of my process work, plus one more frame that I'm still finishing up to complete the board :)

Animated Flower Titles by ChromaCartel

One of the projects I got to design on my own this summer was a downloadable template project file for ten animated title cards featuring lots of watercolor-style illustrations of flowers and fruits that draw on as the words appear. The project went live on VideoHive this week, and it was selected as the new Featured file (click here to see for yourself)!

Chrissy Eckman | design, animation, project management
Eli Guillou | animation, file cleanup

Brides, Babies, Bacon-Wrapped Mushrooms

Spending the summer in Nashville has been fun, but I was long overdue for a trip back home to the land of mushrooms, Wawa, Spongebob-themed bunk beds, and most importantly, my family. Here are some highlights from the weekend:

First of all, there's nothing like opening the cabinet and seeing fancy glasses with your logo on it, for an actual real-life (!!!) restaurant. Not only that, but then flipping through the Fig magazine to see your symbol again on a full-page ad. Cool stuff.

Saturday was the beautifully-organized, nautical-themed celebration for my cousin / bride-to-be, Brooke. Held at the Wellwood right on the water, it was filled with lots of delicious food and fun games. I designed a custom little card for her that said "almost time to tie the knot" written in rope. At the last minute, I also got to write "last sail before the veil" on a cute chalkboard frame to send off with the bachelorette party for the rest of their weekend adventures. It was so nice to see (most of) my girl cousins again!

On Sunday, we celebrated the first birthday of my first (and favorite*) nephew Zachary, which was just the cutest thing in the world. Again, delicious food and fun games were in store, along with swimming, basketball, a mini bounce house, kids running/crawling around everywhere, and of course, a little smash cake which Zack decided to feed to everyone else instead of himself. (Didn't want to get too messy... takes after his momma.) As my gift, I drew, printed, and framed a little illustration of his name and some nautical elements to go along with the rest of his nautical-themed nursery :)

Just like every visit back home, it ended with a stop at Wawa on the way to the airport, but this one was a little bit different; I ended up being interviewed on camera about how much I love their brand, and then I received my entire purchase for free. It was the icing on the cake of a lovely weekend. Or, in Kennett Square terms -- the bacon wrapped around the mushroom (my dad actually made me try one of those this weekend... and after all these years, I still hate mushrooms).

Until next time, homeland.

The best $4 I've ever spent, probably

Last weekend I bought an umbrella hat... and now I don't mind rainy days so much anymore.

I also started a gallery of all my little illustrations, which you can take a look at here :)