I made these earrings over my Christmas break. The crochet flowers were made by my Great, Great, Aunt Florence sometime around the early 1900's. I found them while looking through her sewing box that my grandmother gave to my mother. I'm sad I could never have met her. She was an amazing woman and meant the world to her husband my Great, Great, Uncle Joe. It's fitting I carry her in the form of these delicate earrings because they are a symbol of elegance and she was a true lady. Something I aspire to be as well.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Check out this article on Mashable about this upcoming children's book "Dot" by Mark Zuckerberg's elder sister Randi Zuckerbook. The book is going to help inspire children to find other fun activities that dont involve internet technology. I think this a a great book for this generation and is a long time coming.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Here is my favorite template I created at Magnet Media. It's coffee shop inspired. I love the subtle movements in the minimal designs. My boss said it's definitely in his top ten out of all the templates we produced. That made me feel great! Hope you like and I really hope someone uses it.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
My first animation I made for Magnet Media is offically live on Time Warner Cable. It is the template called Easter.
In the next few weeks the rest of the templates I created will continue to upload at this link. Can't wait to see them in use!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
One of my favorite artists that I fell in love with from a very young age. I first saw his work as a little girl watching Sesame Street. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world Wegman.
Monday, August 26, 2013
My first week at Magnet has been an amazing experience. I love the work I am doing! I am over joyed to report that on day 3 my boss told me he wants me to no longer be an apprentice and become an associate on their team. I feel rejuvenated from my hectic year of freelancing. As Mary Tyler Moore would say, I'm gonna make it after all! ♥
Thursday, August 22, 2013
A documentary about Walt Disney imagineering by filmmaker Leslie Iwerks is due to come out sometime in 2016. I am very excited to hear about this because it was Walt Disney's show "The Disneyland Story" from 1954 that sparked my passion for animation at a young age.
For those of you unaware, The Disneyland Story was when Walt Disney began hosting his own television show for ABC in 1954 in an unusual contract. Disney provided ABC with a weekly hour-long television program in exchange for funding for the construction of Disneyland. As a result, the television show was also originally named Disneyland. The anthology series has since gone through a number of name changes over the years: Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, The Wonderful World of Disney, Disney's Wonderful World, Walt Disney, The Disney Sunday Movie, and The Magical World of Disney. The series spanned an incredible 54 years—13 seasons of which were hosted by Walt Disney, himself.
The most influential episode for me as a kid was called "The Story of The Animated Drawing". This episode takes a look at the history of animation and animation techniques throughout the ages. However the best part was many animation pioneers, including J. Stuart Blackton, Windsor McCay, J.R. Bray, Max Fleischer and, of course, Walt Disney were featured! (Here is part 1 of that episode, below.)
I wonder if this new documentary will inspire a new generation of imagineers and creative thinkers...
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Here is an intro I made for an engagment video I worked on. I will post the full video soon. Congratulations to Akansha and Mudit!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Some styles of a character I am working on for a children's book. I am mostly thinking about shape and line right now. I will consider color soon though!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Jay Baruchel is one of my favorite actors. I love this interview with him because he talks about his passion for directing his own films. I confess, I have a bit of a nerd girl crush on him. If you haven't seen "This Is The End" yet I recommend it!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I wrote a fairly entertaining biography of my life for a job I applied to at Nickelodeon a couple months ago. Should I incorporate some of this into my "About" section on here?
Stephanie Gibree had a lot of trouble learning how to ride a bike and rode a scooter until she was nine years old. She was not a natural athlete. However, she was born an artist! People often referred to her as a character. This trait began to manifest in her life quite literally at the whim of her parents.
To achieve the simplicity of bedtime, her father had to pretend his home was a hotel and that Stephanie was a little old lady in search of a room for the evening. She would not go to bed until she was given a full tour and found a room that was satisfactory. At age 5, her mother was instructed to assist and include her imaginary friend, ‘The Professor’ in their daily lives. This included things like setting an extra place for him at the table and buckling him into his own car seat.
Thankfully, Stephanie is much easier to work with now and applies her sense of character into the world of animation. A perfect career choice fueled from strong imaginations.
Stephanie spent time crafting her skills and her passion only grew. She enrolled herself in a life drawing class outside of school and listened with intent all the way to the front door of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Upon acceptance, her long awaited journey into animation began. She produced work centered in children's media, experimented in an array of mediums and absorbed feedback from fellow classmates and friends.
Stephanie now abides by the phrase “Do not be afraid to fail.” She believes that being an artist takes courage, not just for slaying dragons, but also for challenging limits and reaching one’s dreams. This spirited girl is currently on the hunt for her dream job in the animation industry. Look out, she hugs!
Monday, July 29, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Here are two videos I worked on for Olay Beauty featuring Beauty Blogger, Lauren Cosenza. I was so excited to work on this, being a lover of beauty blogs myself and Olay products. I highly recommend Lauren Cosenza's blog also!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Page two of my children's book I am working on for Ivy Leaf Studios. I had a lot of problems with this initally and it started off as a completely different puppet. I am so happy with how this turned out, however.
Something I'm drawing for fun. I cant sleep lately, so why not draw girls? I feel like I would excel as an illustrator for beauty magazines! Ya know those little doodles they throw in next to articles for things like "How To Find The Perfect Shade of Lipstick".
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
This is a page from my sketchbook inspired by the song "Dark Paradise" by Lana Del Rey. The lyric I was most interested in was "...There's no remedy for memory...".
I love her album "Born To Die" its so nice to have an album you can listen to all the way through. I'm teaching myself "Video Games" on the guitar right now. Its a great song to practice playing if your a beginner like myself.
I used a lot of different mediums on this one and was able to get a matte effect. Now I want to use a more reflective paint to contrast the bottle with the label and background.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I am so blown away by this commercial for Lancome. The animation, design and direction is astounding. I am so inspired and know you will be too.
Monday, July 1, 2013
I am working on finding the right look for a children's book I am illustrating. This is part collage to give it texture. I love the font! The first letter is done in "Neo Retro Draw" font. I love it for this idea because it has negative space and reminds me of chalk drawing.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Here is a small preview of some motion graphics I did for a client today. I will post the video in full when it's complete. I have been busy traveling to New York for interviews and happyily freelancing. These past few months have been great to build my network and experience. :)
Monday, June 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I am drawing parrots today for a children's book I am illustrating! This little guy didn't make the cut. However, he's so cute I wanted him to live here. What should we name him?
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
One of my favorite teachers and animators wrote a beautiful recommendation for me on my Linked In profile that I wanted to share.
"Stephanie was my student in animation classes at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she made a number of charming and inventive animations. She is a talented animator and illustrator. She is also a natural character designer. In all my interactions with Stephanie, I found her to be a lovely person to work with. She responds well to criticism and works constantly to improve her animation. She is intelligent and respectful, and highly motivated. In addition, she is a truly kind person."
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
A long time ago I drew these cupcake girls as a quick sketch. I am working on finishing them now. I think of these girls as friends of Marie Antoinette in her royal court for some reason. I love the Marie Antoinette movie with Kristen Dunst. The imagery is so inspiring and the soundtrack is nice too!
This is just a start. Now I am collecting toile textile patterns as inspiration. I think it would be cool to tile these girls and create a fancy pattern of them.
Here is a clip from the movie for fun.
Friday, May 10, 2013
I saw this great animation reel today by Samm Hodges. I found it very inspiring to my own work the way he plays with space balancing 2d and 3d dimensions.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Children's musician, Dara Linthwaite, invited me to one of her "Hands on Music" events at the "Quogue Library" in Long Island, New York. Here are some photos from our day.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
This is a great picture I saw posted on Facebook by the Massachusetts Teachers Association. The caption read 'Why we need art in our schools and in our lives'.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I love the bride of frankenstein character I drew the other day and want to get more from her design. I gave her electric green stripes in her hair so I thought they have to be used!
This is the original
Here is a quick sketch I drew while brainstorming in photoshop. I imagine her to be so infatuated she gave Frankenstein a love shock :)
Also, the movie "Training Day" was on tv tonight and I loved it.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A house key neighborhood! I added some Key Hole trees, or maybe it's a fence? Anyway I put a gradient on it to add some lighting. I will add more later. For now I will get away from it and come back with a fresh eye tomorrow.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I have a love for keys and for the first time realized I should design my own! So what other types of keys should I consider? Here are some house keys in the mean time.
Also should I darken the smoke on the third key? I might add texture and change things around but here is my first draft! Once the layout is there the rest is about trial and error.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
"Buds With Suds" is the winning title for this new portfolio piece. I also added my "S.G" signature into the bubble work.