Treasury Tuesday: Birthday 2015

 As promised, today’s installment of Treasury Tuesday is especially themed to celebrate 1988, my birthday, & all things ME!! :D It’s the big 2-7 & I ain’t gettin’ any younger, so let’s dive in!!

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Everything on this EPIC list would be used towards my party, as either decoration, a shirt for the guest of honour, party favours, games, & more! 

What would you have at your own party? Have a suggestion for the next Treasury Tuesday? Leave a comment!

‘Til next time; Cheers!!

— Elise M. Gross


Microblog Monday: Art Nouveau and Robots 

Whilst covering reception last week, & during slow moments (which are few & far between now) I started working some ideas out. I’m quite interested in developing my style using the art nouveau influence, & I want to include, of course, robots. 

To help get a feel for this style I had done a lot of research on Mucha (who basically created the style, so really we could call it Mucha’s Style) & studied images online from his posters & other art. I determined that while I liked the feeling his works embodied, for mine own art I needed to add my own special bit of flair to it. ;)

What I picture in my head is art nouveau meets futuristic androids with a teensy dash of steampunk machinery. 

Thus, I set to work sketching out a frame concept (I thought I had taken photos of the pencil sketching, but it appears I did not…) and started adding a rough of an android figure of sorts. I was going for robot at first, but then decided robot-but-human-looking was what I wanted so I changed to android. And lemme tell you…trying to get my German expressionist style to conform well within art nouveau is…very challenging, to say the least. :| I’m working on it. Here’s what I have thus far:  

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As you can see, I started a rough placement for my droid & started the first of the lettering within the frame. After I work out placement, I’ll ink it all, then plot out colour. At that point, I’ll begin work on the painting of this piece. 

Since I can only work on this in my spare time, I don’t presume I’ll have this finished anytime soon, but who knows? ;) What do you guys think of it so far?


— Elise M. Gross 



Recent Designs

I know it’s been busy here, what with Mum coming in this next week, us  trying to get the house presentable, & the myriad of design projects I’m waist deep in to, but I wanted to share quickly with y’all some of the recent commissions I finished this past week that I’m quite pleased with!


A simple, typographic name in a circle using Futura font.

I really love typography, & can’t wait until I have some time to do a great word cloud design. For now, though, these simple little designs provide some excitement for me. ;)

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It’s not ready to go just yet, but I’ve been putting the finishing touches up on my Papa’s shop, including some sweet graphics (like that above) for a cool rotating banner. Soon..! Soon it’ll be ready!! :D 
What are some neat projects you’ve done recently? Share in the comments!


— Elise M. Gross