Graphic Love: Picasso’s Portrait

Picasso's Portrait Inspiration Moodboard

The idea for this photo shoot came to me out of nowhere. Hours after seeing the image on the top right of the moodboard, a shot from the 2015 W Mag Movie Issue, I was researching Picasso’s work and different make-up techniques inspired by his work.

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Fun fact: One week after we shot, Picasso’s Woman of Algiers painting broke the record of most expensive painting to sell at auction, going for $160 million. I love when things turn out to be unexpectedly relevant!

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I wanted to take this concept in a much different direction from our last feature, Glitter Mania. The focus would be portrait shots to showcase elaborate make-up. We would create a specific scene by shooting it in a studio, with no distractions.

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Each model had a specific theme and color scheme. I wanted to pull colors from Picasso’s work—bright and rich blues, greens, reds, oranges and yellows. I love how direct and purposeful his work is, no matter how elaborate, and I wanted to explore how you could break his harsh and direct lines down on a real human face.

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I took some later inspiration from a small Snapchat / Tumblr trend inspired by Steph, #burntpicasso. The whole idea of making yourself a piece of art makes me warm inside. Have a great rest of the week!

Creative Direction: Ashley Monaghan | Photography: Malarie Zaunbrecher | Make-up: Meghan Mcgee | Stylist: Makenzie Godzo | Clothing: Time Warp

Ashley Monaghan is a student, singer and freelance creative working in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Graphic Love: Glitter Mania

Hello Internet, I’m so excited to join the Ciera Design blog as a contributor! My name is Ashley O’Neill, a New Orleans native and current PR student at LSU. I spend my days working and playing between NOLA and BR. My creative team and I are planning to bring you one photo series a month inspired by a graphic or images found in the depths of the world wide web.

The inspiration for this Graphic Love series came from one of my favorite bloggers, DESIGNLOVEFEST. I love her Hand Drawn Love series, in which one of her contributors finds an image and creates a graphic based off of it. I wanted to do the same, but with photography using physical models, objects and other elements rather than graphic design.

We hope you enjoy!

Graphic and Glitter Inspired Mood Board

After seeing the top right image of Italian brand Erika Cavallini’s Fall 2015 couture show, my mind immediately started brainstorming ways to incorporate the color scheme and two main elements into a photoshoot. Inspired by sequins, glitter, 70’s waves and Twiggy’s lined-eyes, I imagined a blonde girl with these features in a long purple sequin shift dress.

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Location scouting led us to Fleur De Lis Pizza, a cocktail bar turned pizza parlor. The coloring and shape of the building were a fantastic compliment to the rich purples and muted tones of our model’s hair.

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To connect the two ideas of glittered/painted fingers and a pizza parlor, I decided to get a little quirky and imaginative. I ordered a pizza, let it dry out, and spray painted it lavender. Shortly after we drowned it in glitter!

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Here you have it! Our blonde bombshell—the anti-prom-queen—gorging herself on pizza and cocktails to cure her never-ending teen angst.

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Creative Direction/Styling: Ashley O’Neill | Photography: Malarie Zaunbrecher | Make-up: Meghan Magee | Model: Lacey Berggren | Clothing: Time Warp

Ashley Monaghan is a student, singer and freelance creative working in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Make It Count – Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper Freebies

Lately, I’m finding it so easy to get pulled in a million different directions and distracted by a bunch of things that don’t really matter. I want to try to be more intentional in my day-to-day so I created this design as a little reminder to myself. This month my goal is to make each day as useful and as positive as possible. Not to sit and wait for tomorrow to come and make everything right. What you do today is all that matters. Life is short, and we only have one life to live, so let’s make it count!

Life is short, so let’s make it count!

This design is now available for free as a desktop and iphone wallpaper over on the Whimseybox blog! Hope you enjoy and if you use any of my desktop designs, I’d love to see photos, just tag me on Instagram or send me an email!

Make It Count Wallpaper by Ciera Design

Whimseybox is the original subscription for DIY and craft lovers. Each month WhimseyBox sends subscribers a box full of craft projects along with a project idea. If you sign up through this link, you’ll get $5 off! photograph via

Inspiring Instagrammer: Zachary Smith

As a designer myself, I love to follow others who inspire me on Instagram. And I want to start sharing them with you here! First up is @zacharysmithh. You’ve probably seen some of his work floating around Pinterest and not even realized it, but wow, this dude is talented. He’s a hand lettering artist and designer, based in Savannah, GA and creates beautiful images combined of hand painted type, textures and beautiful photography that leaves me longing for adventure. Seriously, go check out Zachary Smith and let me know what you think. Then head over to my guest post on Creative Market to see some other hand lettering artists that I’m loving on Instagram!

Hand Lettered Designs by Zachary Smith

P.S. The winner for the fitness giveaway was announced, was it you?

Hello Spring – Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper Freebies

I have two freebies for y’all this month! The first one is Spring inspired, of course! I can’t even tell you how happy I am that Spring is here and I don’t even live in a cold climate! I want everything covered in flowers and sunshine, even my desktop!

Hello Spring Desktop Freebie From Ciera Design

You can grab this Hello Spring design right here: hello spring desktop // hello spring iphone

The second design was created as a reminder to keep pushing myself! I’ve always loved learning and I’m always looking to grow as a designer. This year I have pledged to make room for more classes, to take on projects that are outside of my comfort zone, to create e-books and to do more bro bono work for causes that I really believe in because unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.  You can grab this Do Something Beyond design on Bunny & Dolly.

Do Something Beyond Desktop Freebie From Ciera Design

Hope you enjoy April’s designs for your devices.

Creative Events I’d Like To Attend

Creative Events I'd Like To Attend

There are so many awesome creative events across the country it’s unbelievable! I see people recapping them on their blogs and I hear about them on Twitter but I always seem to be late to the game on the ones I want to attend. So in an attempt to organize the ones I want to attend, I decided to start a list (surprise, surprise) organized by month. There is no way I’ll be able to attend them all this year, probably only one or two, but here is my wish list:

Alt SLC Summer

Alt Summit just announced a second flagship conference and I want to be there! I attended Alt SLC in January 2013 and it was such an amazing time that I’d love to experience again. I’m thinking about applying to be a speaker, but so nervous!

Creative South

Creative South exposes creative and marketing professionals, business people, and students to key speakers on the subject of branding and design in the digital era. I’ve been trying to find more events in the South since it cuts down on travel cost for me and this one seems awesome!

Design Ranch

Design Ranch isn’t one of those slide-and-lecture “big conferences,” it’s about putting down your mouse, getting your hands dirty and reviving your creative spirit. They want attendees to head home with a fire in their belly and a fresh take on design that can only be achieved by unplugging and gettin’ a little dirty. I don’t know too much about this one but it seems really cool and it’s in the South, so that’s a plus! 

How Design Live

HOW Design Live is the biggest annual gathering of creative professionals, anywhere. I have been wanting to attend HOW for years now, it’ll happen one day!

Weapons of Mass Creation Fest

Weapons of Mass Creation is a young grassroots movement to inspire and enable the creative mind. They believe that good things happen when ideas and talents are shared within the community. This mentality manifests itself in the lifestyle of a Weapon of Mass Creation. A person who defies the hand they’re dealt and makes stuff happen. 

Designer Vaca

Designer Vaca is a gathering of female graphic and web designers from all over the country to dream, relax, collaborate, share experiences, and learn from each other. This intimate environment has a relaxed anti-conference feel creating space for amazing connections and beautiful relationships to take place. So bummed I didn’t go to this last year, but I had just returned home from Palm Springs and couldn’t justify the travel costs at the time.

The Yellow Conference

The Yellow Conference is a brand new event created by Joanna Waterfall. It’s a gathering for creative women who desire to ignite passion and bring goodness to the world through everyday living.

Circles

Circles is a creative conference where designers can learn from world-changing thinkers and innovators for the creative community. I attended Circles 2013 and this is another one I’d love to attend again. 

Maiedae Mixer

Maiedae Mixer is another Southern event that looks like SO much fun! This is a “Get Fancy, Get Connected” (as they like to call it) networking event for bloggers.

Do you have any events on your wish list? Do you have an event you’ve attended that you recommend?

If you can’t make it to any of these big events, you can always find smaller meet-ups in your area… and if you don’t have any around, start your own

Photo by Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit