COMING SOON

8.28.2014



Another little view of what I have been working on. If you haven't guessed it by now, I'm in the process of making a card collection! Soon enough you will be able to purchase these designs to give to all of your friends.

Try and contain your excitement, I know I can't!


FRIDAY

8.22.2014



 Thanks for coming back to us Friday, we missed you.

(Artwork made for a co-workers birthday at work)

MEOW

8.21.2014



Back again this Thursday with another throwback. Meet Zoey, queen of cats!

Little Hint: You know your friend who treats their pet like a little human? Yea, they want a pet portrait for their next gift. Email me at amylschwager@gmail.com or go here for commissions. Your pet loving friend will thank you.


ANOTHER SNEAK PEEK

8.18.2014



For those of you who don't follow along on Instagram, here is a little sneak peek of an exciting project I have been working on. More to come!

THROW BACK THURSDAY THE WORK PLAY WAY

8.14.2014




My very first TBT goes to these lovely ladies. (A little late to the throw back party, I know). These two are what I consider my very first "fashion illustrations". They were used in collateral for a college branding project, I was tired of working on the computer and decided to break out the paints instead of a mouse. Since painting these I have definitely grown a lot as an illustrator, but I love the sketchy quality they have. (I was obsessed with watercolor pencils at the time).

For those of you used to Thursday secrets, I decided to take a little break to show you these. Be back soon with more, I promise.

GIRL YOU'RE RAD

8.13.2014



Really, really rad!

Just like every July/August, the days seem to be flying by in a blink of an eye! A few weeks ago I showed you a sneak peek of the above illustration, and I was finally able to finish it last night. There is a lot more where that is coming from, stay tuned! You won't want to miss out on what I have planned!

I'D RATHER BE WEARING A HALF UP TOP KNOT | 4

8.12.2014



My 6th-grade-self is over the moon about half up top knots finally being the cool thing to do. I tend to look a little weird when I pull all my hair back, so I learned at a young age that half-up/half-down was much better for me. And now here we are, I can rock a top knot without looking like a boy with slicked back hair.


These ladies are killin' it. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

LIFE TO LIVE BY | 4

8.08.2014



Three years ago I set out to not only leave the country for the very first time, but live in a different one for four months. I had only been to an airport twice in my life and didn't have a clue what I was about to do. In those four months I not only learned who I was, but how to be the best version of that person. I came home with a confidence in life and a newfound spirit of adventure and exploring the unknown. For anyone who is thinking of studying abroad or has the chance to go on an extended trip, I say pack your bags and don't look back.

I kept an endless record of my time in Roma. Journals, sketchbooks, photos and a blog. (This post and this one mainly summarize my trip). Anyway, I took a trip down memory lane the other day and went through some of my sketchbooks, I found the above written in a note to myself. I remember scribbling down the words while sitting on my bed, all alone and only hours away from going back to the US, it was quiet and I of course was crying and no where near ready to leave. My heart swelled up with nostalgia as I put four months of learning into one single sentence. I had some crazy mishaps in my time abroad; I fell from a three story bunk bed, missed buses, almost missed trains and planes, slept in airports, sprinted through the streets, had a mysterious itchy rash that covered my body, got crazy lost, swam in a fountain, was rip-roaring drunk, messed up travel plans, made new best friends and lost old ones. Those moments, those mistakes, they are the ones that made my trip. They made for the best stories, the ones that can make people laugh so hard they cry, and the reasons I learned so much. This thought doesn't just apply to my time abroad, but for the rest of my life… No one wants to hear how amazing something was, they want to hear how you almost missed the train or got lost in the streets or danced in a fountain.

SHHH, I'M SLEEPING

8.07.2014




…at my desk. Don't tell my boss. One to many drinks and not enough sleep this week. I'm napping right now to be honest.

Check out more secrets here. And for those of you who have no idea what the hell is going on with these awkward posts… basically every Thursday I post something weird/random/secretive about my life. A way for everyone to feel comfortable in this little place (or maybe I'm just making you feel awkward?), and a way for me to test new illustration styles and products. Do you have any of your own secrets that you'd like to see illustrated, send them my way! (This post explains it a little further).
 

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