PIA Card Sale

Today, I sold my greeting cards and paintings at the Philippine International Aid (PIA) at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency Hotel Ballroom. In addition, I gave away my new business cards with the new Kevin’s Cards logo.

Although I did get a good size crowd, it didn’t go as well as I anticipated because a majority of them bought stuff from other vendors and very few saw my booth. Although we only got about three card sales, none of the paintings were sold at all because it was difficult to display them all at once.

What did go well was that I managed to give away a good amount of business cards for people to keep in touch me. A man named Al Perez, who is an Entertainment Commissioner in San Francisco, stated that he really enjoyed my art work, and he offered me a chance to display my work at an event at the Yerba Buena Gardens. It may not be a guarantee that I’ll do it, but I’ll definitely keep in touch with him for sure!

Another element that went well was a slideshow was created to show my previous creations for those who wanted to see them all.

No matter how the sale went, one thing for sure was we managed to raise a lot of money for Save A Tahanan Inc. The next card sale that I plan to do in the future, including next year’s Artist Alley at the Alameda County Fair, I’ll definitely use the things that did go well, and also create some improvements so that all of my cards can really sell like hotcakes!

Those who stopped by my booth, bought some greeting cards, and already have business cards, thank you very much and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future!

San Francisco International Auto Show

Yesterday, my best friend Sam and I attended the 60th Annual San Francisco International Auto Show at the Moscone Center. Although it may not be related to my art or cards, it’s been a tradition that I’ve been going to ever since my brother has been interested in cars when he was younger, and I’ve caught on as well.

Sam and I sat in nearly every 2018 model to see what was our favorite and which one we plan on driving. Out of all the cars we saw, Sam’s favorites were the Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner, along with the Lexus GS, IS, and RCF.

As for me, my favorites were the Lexus G460, Volvo V90, and pick-up trucks by Ford and Chevrolet.

The highlight of the show for the both of us was that a lot of them had new car smell because it made us feel like we might want to drive it ourselves. Plus, new car smell is one of my favorite scents of all time.

I may not paint pictures of cars because they may take a long time and it probably wouldn’t turn out right. However, I may use the car logos in future poster designs since they do interest me in a way. I’ll definitely return to International Auto Shows like this one because you’ll never know what kind of car could interest you the most!

New Logo/Business Card Reveal!

After months of waiting and prep work, Kevin’s Cards officially has a new logo and business card!

When I first arrived at my graphic arts class, my original plan was to create a business card for people to keep in touch. But according to Professor Carol Brown, she suggested that I created a logo to have a better identification! So I took her advice and started creating some ideas on what my logo should look like.

First, I thought of how to combine art with a greeting card and created several sketches. When it all came together, it was Kevin’s Cards inside a greeting card, on an easel, with the “K” made out of different sizes of paintbrushes, and the “C” as a painter’s palette. I thought that was going to be the winning logo.

However, Professor Danielle pointed out that it was a little too much, so it was back to the old drawing board! She suggested to keep it simple, so she came up with three suggestions for potential logos:

#1- The letters “KC” as a greeting card

#2- The “K” as a paintbrush

#3- The “C” as a palette

It was a really tough decision for me to choose, so I decided to take a survey from my fellow peers to see what they would like. Although a majority of people liked option 2 because it represented me as a painter, in the end, I decided to go with the first option because it is Kevin’s Cards after all. Plus, it makes a lot of sense to use it, since it’s mainly about my cards. Although, some people might think that the KC stands for Kansas City, but they’ll probably get the idea once they see the website.

Once the logo was ready, it was on to the business card. I decided to make the background color of my card sort of a dark purple mainly because of the Sacramento Kings, but hey, it was my choice of preference, and it matches the purple K.

Now that my logo and business cards are ready, this will definitely make my website more exciting and hopefully people will start seeing my webpage. Plus, the new cards that are created will now use this logo instead of my actual picture.

I’d like to thank Carol and Danielle for helping me put these things together because if I haven’t taken this graphic arts class, I would never have any of this! Let’s hope that Kevin’s Cards continues to soar to new heights!

San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show/Potential Ideas

Today, I attended the San Mateo Harvest Festival at the San Mateo Event Center. Just like all the other festivals I attended, I was on a mission to find more inspiration for potential projects I plan to add to my website and maybe sell.

A majority of the same artists from the Pleasanton festival attended this one as well and it was pretty much the same items that they were selling, which there was nothing wrong with at all.

Of course, I had to go back to the bottle cap booth to see if creator Laura Cullen created any new designs. Without question, this was definitely my favorite booth in the entire festival because of all the interesting images that can be put into a bottle cap, especially in the sports and college industry, which was the one I enjoyed the most.

Speaking of which, I couldn’t leave their booth without buying a bottle cap of my own, and I had to go with the Sacramento Kings logo in honor of my favorite basketball team, and I turned it into a necklace.

Every art and wine festival that I’ve gone to has given me a lot of inspiration to create something using my paintings and techniques I’ve learned in my graphic arts class. Of course, the cards will definitely be at the top of my list, but here’s a list of some other ideas I plan to create:

 

Projects with Paintings:

-Greeting Cards

-Posters

-Calendars

 

Poster Designs:

-A House Divided (NFL, MLB, NBA, NCCA)

-Custom-Made Sports for Individual or Whole City Teams

-TV Nostalgia (Retro PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, Retro Game Shows)

-Video Games

-Transportation (BART, MUNI, CalTrain, AC Transit, SamsTrans, VTA, Amtrak, Sacramento RT Transit)

-Freeway Signs

-Pop Culture

 

It may take a long time to create, but I hope these ideas will excite the imagination and also bring people back in time to their childhood. Who knows where the next idea will come from!

Card Sale Announcement!!!!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! Anyone whose looking for cards in time for the holiday season, here’s your opportunity! Sunday, November 19, I’ll be selling my greeting cards and paintings at the Philippine International Aid (PIA) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s main ballroom in Downtown San Francisco near the Ferry Building from 10 am – 4 pm .

This will be the first big sale since the Alameda County Fair’s Artist Alley this past summer! In addition to all that, I’ll be giving away my new business cards with the new logo for anyone who plans to keep in touch with me.

The PIA has a benefit luncheon that’ll cost about $150 to get in, but the boutique sale is free to get in. Here’s the price list for those who are interested in buying cards or paintings:

 

Greeting Cards

-$1 Each

-6 for $5

 

Paintings

-$25 each

 

Hope to see you there cause this will be a one day only event, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

2017 World Series Champions

Congratulations to the Houston Astros for winning the 2017 World Series! It was an insane back and forth 7 game battle between them and the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the pennant. In the end, the Astros won it all by a final score of 5-1.

With baseball season over with and all the 2017 champions complete, it’s now a long journey to find out who will win the College Football Playoffs, Super Bowl LII, the 2018 March Madness Tournament, the 2018 NBA Championship, and the 2018 Stanley Cup. Before we know it, there will be another World Series champion in 2018. Who knows if it’ll be the Astros again,  or maybe someone else!

As mentioned in my interest in sports, my future projects will have some sports theme involved no matter if it’s my favorite team or someone else’s.

No matter what sport people watch on TV, or if their favorite team has a bad year, or even if some are overrated, one thing’s for sure is that every team is a winner! 

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone has a great Halloween! Anyone who’s dressing up in their best Halloween costume, I know it’ll look great! Those who are going out trick-or-treating tonight, please be safe out there and I hope you get lots of candy! Happy Halloween!

Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Today, I returned to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. This was my first back since selling my cards at Artist Alley this past summer.

Once again, I was on a mission to see what artists were creating and how I can incorporate them into my own ideas. The only downside was that there weren’t a lot of paintings or photographs of landscapes to be shown unlike the art festivals in Mountain View, Lafayette, or San Carlos. However, I did find some interesting exhibits that ranged from unique household items, to gifts in time for the holiday season, and of course my favorite sport logos.

Out of all the booths I’ve seen, the one I enjoyed the best was called “WeHaveACapforThat!” The artist, Linda Cullen, used bottle caps from glass beer or soda bottles and put different images inside such as sport logos, college logos, pop culture, photographs, etc. Plus they can be used as a necklace or a keychain hook.

This was definitely without question the best booth I’ve ever seen because it’s gave me great ideas on what projects I can create. One idea is based on a set called Wine Charms, where you can take about five bottle caps and create a particular theme such as “Bay Area Sports,” which they sell for about $40. Another one is to take two teams and split them into rivals known as “A House Divided.” Another idea is to take one team and create a collage using different variations of the same logo. If I do plan to buy some of there bottle caps, I could make my own collage based on what the imagination would strike.

No matter what art & wine festival, flea market, or swap meet I go to, inspiration will always be waiting for me to be found for the next project I work on!

Lake Tahoe Weekend Getaway

This weekend, I took a trip to Lake Tahoe for a getaway trip. Upon arrival, the weather was perfect and the scenery was picture perfect with the fall foliage in the mountains with the colors of gold, brown, red, and orange.

One of my favorite places in Tahoe is the casino. Although I enjoy gambling and playing slot machines, I loved seeing the bright colors and hearing the sound effects as well. The biggest highlight was winning $20 on a quarter slot machine at Harrah’s Casino.

My other favorite spot was the historic town of Virginia City, Nevada. Being in that city was like stepping back in time, with old antique stores, small eateries, and older casinos.

One of my favorite stores was the Superchicken Store, which had a lot of sport logos created into posters, banners, signs, and lots of other things as well. I enjoyed this store the best because of my interest in sports (as mentioned in my bio), and it inspired me to create a graphic art collage that could be made into a future poster or greeting card.

Although I did plan on doing a lot of gambling during the entire trip, I didn’t want to miss a chance to capture the beautiful fall scenes of Lake Tahoe because a lot of them were similar to the paintings created in art class.

No matter where I travel to and what I do there, there will always be time to stop and enjoy the great outdoors that nature has to offer!