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MEET THE ARTIST: Alison Osborn

MEET THE ARTIST: Alison Osborn

Alison, when did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?

Well I’m not sure about artist, but I would say that as a child I loved to draw. Because I was a shy child, it was the one way I could express myself.

MEET THE ARTIST: Alison OsbornThe Beatitudes Matthew 5:8 and “Ace of Spades.”
 
 

What is your position at bluemountain.com and what is your background as an artist?

I’m an Assistant Art Director. Most of my time is divided between concept/art direction and designing ecards. Though I do manage freelance and in-house projects, I also get to create and collaborate with other studio artists.

Could you tell us some more about your work?

I have a B.A. in graphic design/illustration from Kent State University. I’ve always dabbled in illustration but in college I fell in love with design and typography. What I have really been enjoying the past few years is photo manipulation. It’s editing multiple photos to make them look like a single illustration and I love working in Photoshop using brushes and patterns. I’m now starting to work in Painter which is also quite fun. I do love to work with collage/typography and water colors in my free time, though my boys take up most of that at the moment. I wouldn’t have it any other way though.

MEET THE ARTIST: Alison OsbornHere are two examples of photo manipulation “Sending Wishes Across the Miles” and “Moonlight and Magic.”
 
 

What is it that inspires you when creating a particular design or graphic piece?

My inspiration for images and concepts comes from many sources–the card copy, design, illustration and blog sites. Plus, the artists around me are a constant source of inspiration.   In the 15 years I’ve worked here, I’ve have never stopped being amazed.

What’s your favorite piece/ecard ever created and why?

I would have to say any ecard where I’ve collaborated with another artist. We get some of our best work that way. A few of my favorites are “Bewitched Halloween,” “A Touch of Christmas Magic” and “A Mother’s Heart.”

MEET THE ARTIST: Alison Osborn“Bewitched Halloween” and “A Mother’s Heart,” collaborated with Pam Trautman and Dave Sommers.

 

Who has influenced you as an artist?

I think some of the best examples of imagination and illustrations are in children’s books.  Nancy Tillman, Chris Van Allsburg and Maggie Taylor are some of my favorites.

MEET THE ARTIST: Alison OsbornInfluenced by Maggie Taylor’s art on both “Magical Card Game” and “Lucky in Love.”

 

How do you stay motivated?

My colleagues get me through challenging times. We have an amazing and supportive group of writers, artists and musicians.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully here, but if not, I can definitely see myself teaching. I took a refresher college course a few years back and when the teacher learned of my degree she asked me to help co-teach with her that semester. I really enjoyed it and realized I was good at it, too.
I believe great teachers inspire others.

MEET THE ARTIST: Alison OsbornExamples of mood and lighting, “His Joy in the New Year” and “My One and Only One Song.” 

 

What advice would you give to an aspiring young artist?

Don’t give up. The art industry can be difficult to get into. But if you’re doing something you’re passionate about and have talent, you’ll do fine. Also surround yourself with talented people. They’ll inspire you and teach you more than you could imagine. And love what you do, the minute you stop, it’s time to move on.

What do you do for fun?

I spend time with my family. I’m a mom of two boys who keep me on my toes. We go on walks, play in the park, and have movie nights. It’s great to come home after a long day and hear their voices. We have a ritual at dinner time where we go around the table and tell our favorite part of our day. Though I love what I do, my favorite part of the day is just sitting there, being with them.

Thanks, Alison!

We hope you enjoyed meeting Alison, seeing her beautiful work and the wonderful ecards she’s been a part of developing. We also hope that by learning a little more about the artists here at bluemountain.com, you’ll get to know the kind of special people and talents that are required to create our unique and very special brand of cards.

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Interview with BlueMountain.com Artist, David Sommers!

This month’s featured artist is David Sommers! David was able to share some of his busy day to answer a few questions in an interview here at Bluemountain.com:

Interview with BlueMountain.com Artist, David Sommers!

When did you first realize you are an artist?

In grade school I did a bad drawing of an eagle but when I looked at the drawings the other kids were doing, I thought “wow, I guess mine isn’t too bad”!

What is your position at Blue Mountain and what is your background as an artist?

I’m a Senior Creative Developer. Growing up in Montana I used to paint landscapes and wildlife paintings, I also painted murals on the walls of businesses.  At one point I even had a job painting decorative duck decoys at a log cabin in a very scenic mountain stream setting.  A few years later, even though I knew nothing about computers, I landed a job creating electronic greeting cards while still going to art school.  Nearly everything I’ve learned about electronic art has been on-the-job.  I still love to paint with traditional tools as well as create art with the computer in my spare time.

What inspires you to create your designs and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

Natural designs are amazing, I love to be in nature learning from masterful designs everywhere.  The layers and movement of a landscape with plants, animals and people are inspiring.  Recently I took a trip to the art museum with my family and realized all over again how the works of master artists across many cultures inspire me. I’m also inspired by the work of the artists and animators here at BMA.  When things get tough in the studio I sit under my desk and cry.  No, just kidding, I love a good challenge, it keeps things interesting and I’m thankful for the learning and growth that comes from trying to solve a difficult task.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

It would be great to still be creating art and animation with this excellent team.  I keep hoping I won’t wake up from this dream job!  I enjoy the work, the people and the atmosphere here at Blue Mountain.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?

Figure out what your passions are and then follow them.  I didn’t realize that I could make a living as an artist so I just floundered for a while until the day I got encouragement from a wonderful family that saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself and they guided me to follow my passion.  Intelligently directed passion is the key ingredient for success.  Two more important pieces of advice:  Work hard and pray for guidance.

After the interview, we saw some of David’s favorite eCard creations, including ones he created for Thanksgiving.  David was one of the creative masterminds behind’s this year’s Thanksgiving eCard headliners, “Magical Wishbone” and “Dueling Banjos.” He’s also animated such BlueMountain.com eCard favorites as “A Woman’s Heart” and “Heard it was Cake Time!”  To read more about David, and see more of his beautiful animation work, visit his page in the BlueMountain.com artist gallery.

Thanks for a great interview, David!

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Interview with Artist, Alison Osborn

This morning we had the pleasure of interviewing Alison Osborn, a graphic designer and illustration artist here at Bluemountain.com.

Interview with Artist, Alison Osborn

Blue Mountain: When did you first realize you are an artist, Alison?

Alison: Well I’m not sure about artist but I would say as a child I loved to draw. With being shy as a kid, it was the one way I could express myself.

Blue Mountain: What is your position at Bluemountain.com and what is your background as an artist?

Alison: I’m an Assistant Art Director. Bluemountain.com creates new cards every month and I balance my time between art direction and designing and animating.

Blue Mountain: Could you tell us some more about your work?

Alison: I have a background in graphic design/ illustration. What I have really been enjoying the past few years is photo manipulation. It’s editing multiple photos to make them look like a single illustration and I love working in Photoshop.

Blue Mountain: What is it that inspires you when creating a particular design or graphic piece?

Alison: My inspiration for images and concepts comes from many sources–the card copy, design and animation sites and the other artists at BlueMountain.com.

Blue Mountain: What’s your favorite piece/ecard ever created and why?

Wow, well I’ve been here for over 12 years. I would have to say any ecard where I’ve collaborated with another artist. We get some of our best work that way.

Blue Mountain: What famous artists or graphic designers have influenced you?

Alison: I think some of the best imagination and illustrations are in children’s books. Nancy Tillman and David Wiesner are some of my favorites.

Blue Mountain: What inspires you to create your designs and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

Alison: I would have to say my colleagues get me through tough times. We have an amazing group of writers, artists and musicians.

Blue Mountain: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Alison: Hopefully here, but if not, I can definitely see myself teaching. I took a refresher college course a few years back and when the teacher learned of my degree she asked me to help teach with her. That semester she had a full class. I really enjoyed it and realized I was good at it too.

Blue Mountain: What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?

Alison: Don’t give up. The art industry can be difficult to get into. But if you’re doing something you’re passionate about and have talent, you’ll do fine. Also, surround yourself with talented people. I have learned more from my colleagues than I ever did in school.

Blue Mountain: What do you do for fun?

Alison: I spend time with my boys. We go on walks, play in park, and have movie nights. It’s great to come through the door after a long day and hear their voices. A “Yeah! Mom’s home” makes my day.

After we wrapped up the last of the interview questions Alison walked us through some of her recent and most popular Halloween greeting card creations. For the ‘Halloween Enchantment’ eCard Alison collaborated with artist David Sommers.  She created the background illustrations while Dave worked on the animation of the doll featured in this card.  Alison also worked in tandem with artist Pam Trautman on the ‘Moonlight and Magic’ Halloween ecard piece and designed and illustrated ‘Magical Card Game.’ Nice work Alison!

Thanks for a great interview.

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