New Design Arrival

After months of waiting, the new designs for Kevin’s Cards have finally arrived and are currently displayed at my house. They will be uploaded on another page sometime this month or the start of 2018. Plus, they will be turned into the next set of greeting cards along with designs from the past few years.

As mentioned before, all of these cards will have the new logo instead of my actual picture.

With the new designs finally in, these cards will hopefully sell like hotcakes and who knows which one will be the best seller!

New Card Designs

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! New paintings have been made and will arrive next week. They will also be uploaded in another page sometime either this month or the start of 2018. These designs will be added to the next set of greeting cards along with previous ones to really sell!

As mentioned before, all of the cards will have the new logo to really make them pop!

With a bunch of designs coming soon, Kevin’s Cards will begin to sky rocket and who knows which painting will sell the best! 

Fun Fact

You may not believe it, but this month marks the one year anniversary of Kevin’s Cards. Although it might seem that it’s the anniversary of the website, it’s actually the anniversary of the actual cards because the website wasn’t ready until June of this year.

During that time, I only had a limited amount of cards and it was based off the God Bless painting after the death of my grandfather, Honesto Tria. Since then, my paintings from the past three years have been made into custom-made cards and a majority of them have been pretty popular.

As 2017 comes to a close and going into 2018, I’ll continue to use the previous designs and also add new ones as well so they can sell like hotcakes! In addition, all of the new cards will have the new logo instead of my actual photo.

With the addition of my new business cards, people can now find my website and also contact me if they plan to purchase more cards to share with their friends and relatives.

Let’s hope that these future cards and the future sales continue to make Kevin’s Cards a success! 

San Jose Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Today, I attended the San Jose Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show at the San Jose Convention Center. As usual, I was on a mission to see what artists were creating and how I can incorporate them into my own projects.

Most of the same vendors from the Pleasanton and San Mateo shows returned to this show, including Linda Cullen’s bottle cap booth. Of course, I had to pay a visit to her booth to see if she created any new designs. With so many bottle caps, it was like digging through a gold mine because you never know what you’ll might find.

When I first saw her booth at the Pleasanton Show, my favorites were the sport logos both professionally and from the NCCA. Of course, there were lots of other ones to choose from, such as pop culture, animals, holidays, or anything else imaginable. Even after buying one with the Sacramento Kings logo from the San Mateo show, I still plan on buying some more to give to my friends or use them myself to create my own projects, just like I do with my cards or posters.

One of the best things about Linda’s booth is that her customers offer her suggestions for what kind of images they’d like in their bottle caps because the possibilities are endless! Although this was my third time seeing Linda’s booth, her husband Charlie stated that I was a regular customer. In returning the favor to buy a bottle cap, I gave them a couple of my new business cards so they can contact me to exchange new ideas.

Although Linda’s bottle caps and my greeting cards may be different from each other, the one thing they both have in common is that they can be used for a lot of different occasions. Who knows, maybe one day she can use some of my paintings in her bottle caps, even if they’re rather large.

Although Linda’s booth was at the top of my list, another booth stood out to me too called A – Z Designs. Like Linda’s bottle caps, designers Ashley and Zack customize their creations using vinyl, metal, wood, or anything else to make sport logos, messages, or whatever the imagination strikes.

Throughout the festival, I was able to distribute some of the leftover business cards to the other booths in case they plan on buying my cards.

Every art show that I’ve gone to this year really stretched my imagination on what I plan to create in the near future because their are endless possibilities on what you can create!

Will I find any other artists that have the same creativity as the bottle caps? What other kinds of materials can be made into new creations? In the art world, you’ll never know what you might find!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! I bet you have a lot to be thankful for this year! Make sure you eat lots of turkey and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the NFL Thanksgiving Games! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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 Linda 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!