WINTER LOG CABIN - work in progress

WINTER LOG CABIN - work in progress

It wouldn't be winter in New England without a log cabin nestled in the backwoods after a recent snow fall — Image #1 is the original pencil sketch. Image #2 has a majority of inks on the left side, but pencil modifications on the right. Now Image #3 is showing us the almost completed inks. Some fine tuning remains as I rotate other illustrations. Then onward to the printing process for new cards....
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WINTER CHURCH - work in progress

WINTER CHURCH - work in progress

Here's a theme I've wanted to include in my catalog for some time now. Churches of many different designs can be found along the back roads of Vermont and New England. It only seems right for Vermont Greeting Cards to showcase at least one (and more to come).....
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DONATIONS 2012 --- The Boston Marathon Bombing Victims & Vermont Disaster Relief

It took longer than I anticipated, but eventually 10% of my online holiday card sales went to the charities below. I dragged my feet a bit after last season (freelance deadlines). Plus one of last years funds closed. Then the Boston Marathon bombing happened. Close to cutting checks, I knew where donations needed to go:

New England Patriots Charitable Foundation & The One Fund
Through the New England Patriots web site you can donate —  "On April 16, the Kraft Family announced $100,000 in matching donations to support Boston Marathon victim recovery. If you are making a donation in response to Monday’s tragedy, please note “Boston Marathon”. All donations and matching funds will be earmarked for The One Fund."

The Kraft Family is firmly focused on their charitable endeavors. You have to believe they will make sure the monies go in the right direction. NOTE the added bonus of matching funds! Go Pats!

Vermont Disaster Relief Fund
The recoveries of more than 250 Vermont families remain unresolved according to their website. This Fund is actively working to rebuild the lives of the Vermonters still impacted by Hurricane Irene. Last year I had donated to a similar fund.

Thanks for your support. Onto next season — Best, Mike

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Powder Day - creating the illustration

I thought it might be interesting for followers of my work to see the progression of my new holiday card POWDER DAY. As you can see from the bottom sketch originally I was contemplating having the snow boarder closer to the foreground. But I feared that visually your eye would drift to the left side of the card only. By making the snowboarder smaller hopefully people will peer more closely at the image soaking up all the juicy detail in the trees and snow and the mountains in the distance. Plus I like the quick pencil sketch of the boarder enough to know she'll be showcased in one of my next illustrations. This time in the foreground with a skier lost way back there in the trees. Which, as a skier who enjoys the trees, is always a good thing do. — Mike Biegel 09.02.12

  

 

 

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House Portraits as Holiday Cards

Here's an example of a House Portrait illustration I completed this summer. The client now owns the original art. They also having me design a holiday card using the image and I've been commissioned for a summer version from a different angle. Great people, great job, lots of detail! You should own one too! 
Go to this link to see more examples — mikebiegel.com/architecture
Or check out this online flip book portfolio — house portrait portfolio

 

 

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