Women's Wit 2017

I had the really fun opportunity to work with Andrew's McMeel again, on their 2017 "Women's Wit" calendar. It's a really fun mini-desk calendar with quirky quotes from inspiring women for everyday of the year. Like the 2016 calendar I illustrated, this project included cover art with hand-lettering and 6 spot illustrations and background for the interior. So great to work with Jenny and the Andrew's McMeel team again!

Picture book lettering

I was thrilled to recently have the chance to create some cover lettering for an upcoming picture book from Random House. The book is based on the true story of Alice Paul, who led the women's voting movement in the 1910s. AD Katrina Damkoehler (also a very dear former colleague from my days at Penguin!) always has fantastic design ideas and steered me in a clear stylistic direction that worked well with the time period as well as the lovely art by illustrator, Nancy Zhang. She also asked me to hand-letter headlines for faux "newspapers" on the endpapers.

This title will pub in the Fall (just in time for the election!), but is available for pre-order now. Love how this came out and all works together as a package. Thanks Katrina!

 Lettering Sketches

Lettering Sketches

 Artwork for Endpapers

Artwork for Endpapers

New Year, New Name, New Website!

Hi and welcome to my new internet home!

You might know me by my maiden name, Jeanine Henderson. But 2015 was a big year of transition for me—for one, being a newlywed with a new last name! I initially wanted to continue to use my maiden name professionally, but have found that to be unwieldy and a bit confusing for both me and my clients. So, with this fresh and exciting new year off to a great start, I’ve decided to officially move forward using my new married name, Murch. It also felt like a good time to revamp my website, so please have a look around! My portfolio has been updated with all my latest work (more to come in the weeks ahead!), along with my current blog and a fully integrated shop. Enjoy browsing around, and thanks for stopping by! 

Cheers to new beginnings! Hope your 2016 is off to a fabulous start!

 

 

Special Delivery Birth Announcements

With my own little bundle of joy due to arrive in just 2 months (eek!) I was super excited about entering some designs in Minted's birth announcement challenge.

"Balloon Arrival" features an original illustration, and "Gold Welcome" showcases gold-foiled hand-lettering to introduce the little one in style. 

Winners are picked to be sold on Minted.com, and voting is open until January 29th. So please swing by and give a vote for me here and here! Much appreciated—Thanks!

 Balloon Arrival VOTE HERE: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/507648

Balloon Arrival VOTE HERE: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/507648

 Gold Welcome VOTE HERE: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/506374

Gold Welcome VOTE HERE: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/506374


Hell's Kitchen map

I was thrilled to wrap up 2015 with a really fun assignment for the awesome folks at W42ST. I loved collaborating with them last summer on a cover for their publication, which features all kinds of great things to see & do in Hell’s Kitchen, so was super excited when they called about another project. They wanted to feature a gate folded map in the back of the magazine, pinpointing landmarks as well as some the best shops and restaurants in the area. It was super fun to dive into the research and take a little walk down memory lane of some of my favorite haunts in my old stomping ground. They hope to use this map in each issue moving forward, and possibly add featured sponsors to the map each month.

I lived in Hell's Kitchen for 3 years, so the neighborhood and this magazine have a special place in my heart, which made the job extra fun! The January issue is out now—available in coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and other places throughout Hell's Kitchen—and the online edition can be seen here.

May your days be Merry & Bright

Happiest of Holidays!! What a year it's been! This is my holiday card this year, along with some fun illustrated gift tags I sent to some extra-special clients that I've had the wonderful pleasure to work with in 2015.

Wishing much love and joy to all this holiday season!

Minted's Wedding Suite Love Challenge

I've long wanted to participate in Minted's design challenges, as I absolutely love their beautiful collection of invitations, cards, and stationery. So I've finally submitted, and voting is open for the Wedding Suite Challenge! Here's my design, very much inspired by the save-the-dates I created for my own wedding! Winners are picked to be sold on Minted.com, so please stop by and give a vote for me! Thanks!

The Thing About Leftovers

I always love working with my old friends and colleagues at Penguin Books, so when AD Irene Vandervoort asked me to take on this fun middle-grade cover I jumped at the opportunity! This is a funny and sweet middle-grade read about a southern girl, with a passion for cooking, who feels like a "leftover" from her divorced parents' marriage but eventually comes to realize her very important place in her new blended family.

After exploring lots of concepts—including graphic, type-driven, and photographic approaches, we decided to play off the "leftovers" title and I created this fun typographic illustration. The book pubs next spring, but is available for pre-order now.

Think Summer, Think Fordham

I was super excited when Fordham University asked me to create an illustrated headline for their Summer 2016 program. The tagline is "Think Summer, Think Fordham" and will be used on all the marketing materials for next year's session. They were really fun to work with, giving me a lot of creative freedom with how to interpret the slogan and represent both city and academics in a fun way. Here are a few of my sketches along with the final piece.

Thanks to AD, Maggie Coyne, for the fun collaboration!

Cafe Tellulah mirror lettering

Another fun food-related project came my way recently; I was commissioned to hand-letter a bar menu on a large mirror of Cafe Tellulah, a French-style bistro on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This one was a fun challenge! It was a very large mirror (5' x 12'!) and the execution had to be completed in one day, during off-hours. But very cool to have the opportunity to create something on-location like this. It's always so hard to get good mirror photos because of reflections, and even more so here because of the size, but here's the sketch/mock up I created along with a few shots—and a video clip of me in action!

Straw, Stick & Brick character art

It's been a very busy few months, and has been hard to keep up with updates! But finally getting a chance to share some fun character art I was commissioned to create for Straw Stick & Brick Delicatessen, a charcuterie in Washington DC. They have a really fun approach to their branding—playing off the 3 little pigs & big bad wolf, a character personality is assigned to each of the 4 core values the business is based on: farming, working, learning and eating.

I was given a brief outlining these "personalities" and asked to create a few variations of each, including holiday-themed, to be used on in-store signage. There were 16 pieces in all, just a few of my favorites here. I really enjoyed creating these and just may need to take a trip to DC to check out how they use the art—and, of course, sample some of their delicious-sounding sandwich creations!

Pippa Morgan's Diary - book cover illustration

I always love working with the creative team at Sourcebooks, and this cover was no exception. I was asked to redesign the cover for Pippa Morgan's Diary, the super-secret diary of a 10-year old girl with a BIG imagination who's life is just not going well at all! This is an already established series in the UK, so I was required to create the art in a style that reflected the character and interior illustrations, and the AD had specific concepts to follow. But it's a super fun format and a hilarious read, so dove right in and had a lot of fun with it! Available to pre-order now on Amazon.

Hello Summer! It's hot in Hell's Kitchen!

I've been a resident of the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in NYC for the last 3 years, and absolutely love it—such a vibrant neighborhood and great community! So I was thrilled when w42st Magazine, a free publication & online resource featuring all the fantastic things there are to see, do & eat in Hell's Kitchen, asked me to create the cover for their "Summer Fun" issue. They gave me tons of creative freedom with this, and I loved illustrating something I have such a personal connection to. The issue is out now! The online edition can be seen here, and printed copies are free in coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and other small local businesses & residential buildings throughout the Hell Kitchen area.

It's in the details...Wedding Calligraphy

After having so much fun designing my own wedding invitations, seating cards & other details, I've been dying to do more! So I was thrilled when my friend, Lindsay, asked if I could help her with a few special touches for her big day. She had a gorgeous garden themed wedding at the elegant Winterthur Estate in Delaware, and her lovely invitations from Minted had a soft, simple look featuring calligraphy. So she wanted to reflect that in a few other details for the day of.

Her first idea was to use a large mirror in place of programs at the ceremony. I hadn't seen this idea before, but loved the elegance and uniqueness of it! She purchased a 20" x 30" rectangular mirror and I hand-lettered all the bridal party names. This was definitely a new and fun experience for me to create—and I thought it looked lovely set up where guests arrived for the ceremony.

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I also did calligraphy for her seating cards and table numbers—I loved the way she presented them, as a small "flower bed"—it fit in so perfectly with the theme!

Lindsay and her husband, Matt, share a love of music and had song lyrics incorporated into their ceremony and a few other places throughout the day. So I loved her idea to letter one of their favorite love-themed lyrics on canvas totes as the welcome bags for the out of town guests. And I loved creating this piece! She had them printed by a local vendor, and I think they came out great!

Was fun to be a guest and get to see all the details in the beautiful setting, and an honor to get to be part of this wonderful couples special day in this way! Congrats to the newlyweds!!

Public Power cover illustration

I had the exciting opportunity to create the cover illustration for this month's issue of Public Power, a trade publication of The American Public Power Association, with national and international distribution. The AD had the concept pretty solidly in mind, and it was right up my alley! I love drawing type by hand, combining styles in an illustrative way to represent the article's themes.

Thanks to AD Laura D'Alessandro for this great assignment!

The Global Art Gathering poster submission

The April assignment for Lilla Rogers' MATS Bootcamp was to create a poster for her upcoming live arts event this summer in Brighton, England. The focus was to be on hand-lettering—which, of course, I was thrilled about! Though I've never been to Brighton, the pier and colorful atmosphere I found in researching brought to mind a fun & carnival-esque vibe, (reminiscent of my beloved Coney Island!) so I decided to play off of that & depict interesting characters traveling by all means to this exciting event. We were given a palette to work with—a bit softer than I'm used to working with, but a fun challenge. 

Showstopper!

I recently finished this cover illustration for the second book in the Stage Struck series for Sleeping Bear Press. This fun middle-grade series is closely based on the real-life experience of the author Anya Wallach, who began a summer theater "camp" in her parents' basement when she was just sixteen years old. Thanks to Jennifer at Sleeping Bear —always such a pleasure to work with!

Dance or Leave

I've been taking Lilla Rogers' online Bootcamp courses, and a recent assignment was to create a piece of wall art, open to any type of scenic subject matter. There was a fun twist to this one—we were to paint on a round piece of wood! I loved getting away from digital coloring and back to my gouache & acrylic paints, and experimenting with the wooden base texture. Since the theme was open, I decide to go with imagery that I would want to hang in my own home. The idea for these dancing dogs came from a postcard I picked up in New Orleans years ago that says "Dance or Leave" ....anyone that knows me knows this is a pretty fitting motto for me! And since getting a puppy a few months ago, I've naturally become a bit obsessed with dogs! So, this scene was a natural fit. I missed our classroom gallery deadline by a long shot because of client deadlines & other freelance projects, but I had to finish because I really loved creating this piece. You can see the rest of the classroom gallery here. Hundreds of gorgeous images by my talented virtual classmates! http://tinyurl.com/q4vdwby