You may remember Jonathan illustrates video scribes (also called “whiteboard animation”). He’s done a few recently in Denver/Boulder for Telespine, Asurion and Verizon. Here’s the Telespine video scribe. Listen for the funny background words and noises. Love the post-production on this one—Room 214 does such a great job, as always.
Happy Friday! Dropping in here for a sec to
show off casually display the beautiful logo and icons Jonathan created for my new blog, The Penzy. The subtitle of the blog is “Faith + Pretty Things.” It’s a blend of Christian inspiration plus indie home decor, jewelry, art, etc. I love faith-y blogs and I love indie craft/design, so voila! I decided to blog about both of them, together.
Naturally, the next stop was to tell Jonathan I needed a logo. And icons.
And then I scrawled designs on a napkin. And scraps of paper. It was so sad panda. I can write, but I cannot draw what’s in my head.
Patient husband he is, Jonathan sat down one evening and cranked these out. We tweaked and discussed and swapped colors and fonts until we were both happy. I love them, I really, really do! Go see them in action at The Penzy.
Do you need a logo or icon for your blog? Contact Jonathan for info and rates. He’s reasonable and fun to work with…I promise!
I posted recently about a new children’s book Jonathan was working on with some plucky sea creatures. The good news is that he’s finished the coloring (the illustrations I posted were in black and white). Now, it’s with his agent and we could not be more thrilled. Someone, somewhere will fall in love with this new story. We just know it (the dolphins told us).
Just in time for the start of your week, please enjoy this latest Jonathan Fenske illustration. The seamonster design was created for a 30th birthday party tee shirt. The partygoers enjoyed the festivities on a pontoon party barge. Sounds like a fun time…except for the Kraken.
We’re most delightfully pleased that Jonathan is featured in this joy +ride issue 70 today. this joy + ride is an elegant compendium of art, designers, photographers, poets and other creative folk, published twice per month by shari and sheri. What’s awesome about today’s edition is that it features the illustrations from STUFF, a new picture book that Jonathan worked on all summer. I’ve been dying to show you illustrations of this project for months, but I kept it under wraps so this joy + ride could feature it first.
So, here’s one illustration to enjoy. Hop over to this joy + ride for the rest!
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He’s also doing video scribes with Room 214 and whipping out character design for a Colorado startup. We’ll share more on those projects when they are finished.
Here’s a quick peek at some digital sketches of his new picture book. He hasn’t colored them yet; he’s thinking of using Prismacolor pencils and doing the coloring by hand. I think I like this idea very much…can’t wait to see what he does.
And here’s another one:
Thanks for stopping by our blog! We’re Jennifer and Jonathan, and we make modern art prints on canvas over at FatandAppy.com featuring Jonathan’s designs.
Jonathan is really, really supportive of my writing. He’s given me time, space, encouragement and the occasional dry-your-eyes pep talk our entire marriage concerning my writing dreams.
That’s why my two novels are both dedicated to him. Without my husband, they would not exist. I mean that most sincerely.
We usually work on separate projects but over the past few years, we’ve melded our artistic brains together on occasion. Fat and Appy Modern Art for Children is probably the biggest effort. But we also joined forces for my middle grade manuscript, MAGICAL RAINTREE DAUGHTERS.
Our newest project is a picture book—my first one ever! I thought ideas for picture books only flowed to one Fenske in the house, but a story popped into my head this summer. I was kind of shocked. Then, I wrote it down. Pages and pages overflowing from my pen. I handed it to Jonathan, sure he would connect with the text and bow low before me. (Just kidding on that last part.)
He read it right away and then handed it back, saying kindly that I needed to get it down under 300 words. In other words, I needed to slash oodles and oodles of text. Words. Phrases. Helpful adjectives. You know, my stuff.
Jonathan was completely correct. So I edited. Cut. Cut some more. Argued over word choice with Jonathan. Described some illustrations to him. Daydreamed about others that might come into shape once he started drawing.
It’s still a work in progress, but Jonathan has given me a rough illustration style he’s going for to match the sparse (now 199 words!!) text and the (I hope) evocative feeling of the story.
More details later. But I wanted to post this illustration because, to me, it represents love and dreams.