A collection of sketches for a Make Art That Sells editorial assignment. The brief was to illustrate morning, moon, potato, high, successful, tools, pulling, and herbal tea. Quite an unusual collection of words. Fun to do! I am looking forward to seeing what Lilla Rogers wants us to do next.Read More
This animated graphic features a tropical park and a dog running on a path. This gif was created for Urban Jungle Week. Motion graphic was made with the Procreate app and Adobe Photoshop. by Chris Olson.Read More
Can you ever have too many flowers? I don’t think so.
This animated graphic features a plant loving lady. This gif was created for Urban Jungle Week. Motion graphic was made with the Procreate app and Adobe Photoshop.Read More
Today is a brand new day and your dreams are ready for you! You can do this!
Dreams demand hustle—the hand lettering, photography and gif animation are by Chris Olson.Read More
Portraits of Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand, Diane Keaton, Cher and moreRead More
I’m joining the portrait challenge organized on Instagram by @jkroik and @joanlemay. This month is all about @ocasio2018. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the amazing Congresswoman for NY-14: Bronx and Queens. My portrait features the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speechwriting on the 6 train back in 2018. #JOANENNYCHALLENGE
Today’s hashtags: #alexandriaocasiocortez #ladyhero #digitalillustration #digitalportrait #iPadPro #procreateapp #thefutureisfemale #womeninpolitics #strongwomenrock #womenpaintingwomen #womenwhodraw #womenwhopaint #womenofcolorinpolitics #portrait #editorialart #editorialillustration #makeartthatsells #freelanceillustrator #makeartthatsells #Matsbootcamp #makearteveryday #lillarogers #magazineillustration
My favorite holiday parties include festive drinks and outfits—and a few well-mannered dogs.
For creative projects and collaborations, contact me via my portfolio here. You can follow me on Instagram at chris_coco_olson.
Image: Holiday card by Chris Olson featuring a festive reindeer dog and Christmas tree hat.Read More
Sharing a moodboard with three patterns from my Australian print collection. This collection features a fresh tropical-inspired color palette with psychedelic prints and a painterly vibe. Prints in this collection are available for purchase and licensing. Visit my website for details. I’ll be sharing more patterns in this collection soon.⠀⠀
Pattern development backstory. Before I dove in and started gathering supplies to create each pattern, I spent time researching the nature of the coast and ocean surrounding of Australia. The details in the natural elements, the veins in the leaves, the shadows on the sand, the ripples in water all create interesting shapes—and changing shapes. I wanted to incorporate these bold and beautiful patterns of Australia in my designs. Contrasting colors appear and disappear over time and make an object blend in when seen against a background. That magical transformation fascinates me. The light and dark leaves, the rocks on a shore, the sea vegetation, tree branches in the wind, and all the pockets and shafts of light in an underwater a reef are captivating.
For this pattern collection—only three of many designs are shared above—I used a variety of design tools including paint and inks for creating splashes and stylized waves. I used simple mark making and printmaking tools to create camouflage and textural skins with a hint of the psychedelic. For many of the designs I created a sense of movement using blurred mark-making and splattered and splashed art. Adding layers and layers to each design gave the added elements of natural texture and depth. All designs are available as hi resolution Adobe Photoshop files or Illustrator files—and many are available in multiple color ways.
Stay tuned for more Spring/Summer 2020 patterns including abstracted animal prints and natural elements with an Australian mood.
For creative projects and collaborations, contact me via my portfolio at www.chriscocomedia.com. You can follow me at www.instagram.com/chris_coco_olson
Always thankful for the talented photo folks over on @unsplash for the lovely mood photos: Scott Webb (leaves); Taweeroj Eawpanich (surfer); Tim Marshall (ocean waves).
#activewear #tropical #pattern #licensing #jungalowstyle #moderndecor #stationeryRead More
Drawing some of my favorite places this year. Poolside, here I come. I'm definitely feeling those summer feels. Detail of a new pool illustration by Chris Olson.Read More
Sharing a mood board with three new patterns in my Scandinavian print collection. This textured geo collection features a fresh nordic inspired color palette with clean lines. Prints in this collection are available for purchase and licensing. Visit my website for details.
This pattern collection was featured over on the lovely Pattern Observer blog this week. For updates on this collection and other designs, you can follow me at www.instagram.com/chris_coco_olson
Always thankful for the talented photo folks over on Unsplash for the mood photos: Ciocan Ciprian (leaves); Dane Deane (pine cones on table); Jonas Jacobsson (blue door).Read More
I'm celebrating summers at the lake with a brand new digital wallpaper download fresh from my studio for iPhones and other smartphones. This mixed media design features two of my favorite places--the beach and flowers.
Don't forget to stay magical!
Enjoy! xo Chris
Click here to download the Stay Magical wallpaper by me, Chris Olson.Read More