Manhattan, by the way of the Strand Hotel

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One of my friends moved back to Dubai, and held her going away party at the Top of the Strand Hotel. My boyfriend and I laughed that we were "too close" to the Empire State Building to take a good selfie or picture

Manhattan, by the way of Columbia University

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If you've followed me for a while, you might know that I also run amock the streets of New York City as a photographer. I am expanding the items I am selling on Society6, including prints and cases of this skyline photograph. 

I took this photograph when I was representing a scholarly NYC publishing firm at a conference in Columbia University. The conference was held in highrise building with incredible views of Manhattan. I saw Manhattan from a specific direction as a student at NYU, and I was excited to a different perspective. 

Rose

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Boyfriend was joking about a gift idea, saying that I could put flowers in it.
"You never give me flowers!"

We walked back to my apartment, flower freshly procured in hand: "I thought you were against gender roles."
  

Love Lust Vector Lettering

The left is my final sketch on paper. The right is the final vector lettering.  

A seemingly simple project still takes lots of planning!  

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Guides help you draw straight lines. The neon green dots represent anchor points that contributed to the curves of the letter.

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Lock your guides to avoid accidentally moving or deleting them

I wanted the heart to be symmetrical, and an easy way to do that is to reflect the points on the Y axis. Unite the points that meet in the center to close the vector. 

All the guides for each individual letter or symbol can be overwhelming...

So I grouped the guides for each letter on a different layer. I hide and locked the layers for the letters I wasn't working on to focus on the guides relevant to one letter. 

Vector drawings on top of my  template. I didn't deviate too much from my original sketch, but I later decided to change the size of the L and E

Sketches

Drawing is a lot more fun when you stop trying to make it look like a photograph.

I've decided to draw 2-3 portraits a week, and experiment in Photoshop. My goal isn't necessarily to create finished pieces for the portfolio portion of my website, but to explore new ideas and techniques. I'd like to line all the portraits up after a year and see how my style and skill set evolved. 

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Weekly Snapshots

Ongoing Weekly Snapshots Series (from my Instagram)

I have the privilege of working at home, but it can be hard to adjust to when you're a visual person. It's easy to get caught up in a project and barely leave my apartment for a few days. I start to envy the people who have the morning routine of buying a coffee before they head to their company office. Bike riding throughout Manhattan has been a good remedy, and it combines my exercise time with exploring new locations. I bike about 120 blocks to eat dinner at Sal and Carmine's, home to one of the best pizza slices I ever tried. 

I went to Union Hall in Park Slope Brooklyn last night, and I recommend checking it out if you're in the mood for a bigger bar with comfy couches and bocci ball. The bar also aired Breaking Bad in the basement space, and the amount of people that came to watch was so large that people stood. (Last picture)

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