Nirvana Chocolate Designs

June 18th, 2015

A few months ago I was hired by the lovely people over at Nirvana Chocolate to redesign their main line of 4 chocolate bar wrappers. They were looking for a something Scandinavian-themed (with the exception of the coconut bar) and they wanted animals with personality. I thought it would be fun to post a little timeline of my process since this was a fairly typical job, workflow-wise.

 

Every project starts with sketches. My lovely clients and I got together and discuss exactly what they were looking for and I made sure I understood the purpose of the redesign, the client’s likes and dislikes, and their expectations. After that, I headed home to start visualizing the ideas. Here’s a small selection of the first batch of sketches…

Cherry SeaSaltAlmonds

 

After this phase, we met again and narrowed it down to one critter for each label. I did more detailed sketches for each label.

 

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With a bit of tweaking things here and there…

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we move on to the color phase.

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And eventually come out with a product that everyone is happy with!

Squirrel_Final_web Nirvana_Spread

 

 

The best part about this project was the free samples. Every single one is delicious! These chocolates will be available for wholesale through the Nirvana website. I’m not sure exactly when, but I believe they will be in stores for individual sale sometime after that.  Stay Tuned!

 

 

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Revival Gallery One Year Anniversary Show

April 29th, 2014

I’m really excited to be a part of the Revival Gallery One Year Anniversary Show. It’s taking place THIS FRIDAY May 2nd, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm.

 

The gallery, located in downtown Fitchburg, MA, is a reclaimed space aimed at promoting community art, projects, fairs, and festivals. Please come down and support a really noble cause and help them celebrate their 1 year anniversary!

 

 

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Mural in Oaxaca

January 21st, 2014

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to get to paint a wall in Oaxaca. I did it in collaboration with my friend Vlocke (Vlocke Urban Art on facebook). The image I chose to paint is a little homage to all things weird in New England. It includes the skull of Phineas Gage (now residing in a Harvard U. museum), the frog from the Frog Bridge in Connecticut, the albino squirrel from Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, MA, bigfoots, eggheads, jackalopes, aliens, and the Whale’s Tails in Burlington, Vermont.

If you happen to be in Oaxaca and want to check it out, it’s on the Panoramica del Fortin, en el Centro.

 

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Bigfoot mural by Sophy

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Wall in Oaxaca
Wall in Oaxaca

 

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Sully the Cat (Portrait)

December 22nd, 2013

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a lovely client on the website CustomMade. She had a cat who had recently passed away and she wanted to memorialize him for her boyfriend. Luckily, I was able to help her realize her vision. Here’s the result!

“Sophy was great to work with — she gave me samples and ideas to choose from which helped guide the process toward the perfect end result. I am thrilled with the finished drawing, and would highly recommend Sophy to others!” -Emily

And here’s a link to my CustomMade profile, where you can request a portrait of your own: http://www.custommade.com/by/sophytuttleart/

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Mictecacihuatl – Dia de Los Muertos

October 31st, 2013

Day of the Dead Woman

Mictecacihuatl

This is Mictecacihuatl, the Aztec Queen of the Dead, just in time for Dia de Los Muertos.

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Foxed

August 9th, 2013

I just got back from my artist’s residency in Oaxaca, Mexico, which is why there’s been such a gap in my posts. More on that later. For now, here’s a quick little fox drawing I did for ANE Whole Terrain.

 

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Progress Shots of Dog Portrait

April 8th, 2013

I recently completed a dog portrait for a friend of her little pup, Charlie. I took photos while I was working on it so I could show it coming together. I love seeing this when other artists do it, so I thought I would share my own… I used Arches watercolor paper for this, as well as some good old Micron and prismacolor pens.

 

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RAW: Generation Show in Boston

January 26th, 2013

I’ve been selected to participate in a Boston Artist’s Showcase called RAW and it would be pretty cool if you came.

There will be painters, photographers, musicians, and performance art. It sounds like it’s going to be really interesting.

Here are the details:

Where: Rumor, 100 Warrenton St, Boston, MA 02116
When: Sunday, March 24th from 7pm to 11pm

It’s $10 a ticket ahead of time. They would like me to sell 20 tickets before the event, so if you’re going to buy a ticket, please go through this link:

http://www.rawartists.org/sophytuttle

Click “Buy tickets for this artist”, so it counts toward my goal.

Thanks so much and I hope to see you all there!

 

RAW: Generation flyer

RAW: Generation flyer

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Pavement Coffee House

January 15th, 2013

I’ll be showing some of my recent work at Pavement Coffee House at 1096 Boylston St in Back Bay starting tomorrow, January 16th! Pavement Coffee was voted one of America’s top 10 Coolest Cafes by Travel and Leisure Magazine. It’s a really great spot and you should come check it out.

Pavement Coffee House

 

The show will be up for about a month. It will include a lot of pen and ink drawings and maybe a few paintings as well. Thanks to Samantha at Pavement for getting in touch with me about it!

Painting of a Gold Owl

© Sophy Tuttle 2013

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Smithsonian Drawings

June 26th, 2012

This weekend I had the opportunity to go to the DC Zoo and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Both are fantastic and you should go if you get the chance. While I was there pretending to be 12 again I got to draw some of the skulls and skeletons on display at the museum. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I also took about 200 hundred pictures of animals (both alive and stuffed!) Here’s a sample of some of the sketches. More to follow I’m sure!

 

All images copyright Sophy Tuttle 2012

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