St. Louis City Skyline Wedding Suite

8 May 2013 8:00am

Last month, I completed working on a full wedding suite featuring the city skyline of St. Louis, Missouri… with an added bonus mini plane to figuratively represent the “Spirit of St. Louis”.

St Louis City Skyline Invitation Suite by Architette Studios

I really enjoyed working in the classic navy blue and bright white linen realm for the color palette. I especially love the pop of the custom cerulean blue mini plane as it twists through the skyline and stars. It was featured on the invitation belly belt, dinner reception card… and RSVP postcard, tying the entire suite together.

Detail shot of the mini plane wedding invitation belly-belt medallions un-cut… Par avion!

St Louis City Skyline Invitation Suite by Architette Studios

St Louis City Skyline Invitation Suite by Architette Studios

St Louis City Skyline Invitation Suite by Architette Studios

Assembled onto the belly belts…

St Louis City Skyline Invitation Suite by Architette Studios

St Louis City Skyline Invitation Suite by Architette Studios

Entire suite contents… dinner reception card and RSVP postcards.

St Louis City Skyline Invitation Suite by Architette Studios

St Louis City Skyline Invitation Suite by Architette Studios

St Louis City Skyline Invitation Suite by Architette Studios

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Design by J.Bishop of Architette Studios.
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50th Surprise Birthday in Chicago

1 May 2013 9:00am

Earlier this month, I worked on a fun set of surprise birthday invitations in celebration of the bit “5-0″! They were created in the classic Tiffany’s Blue / bright white textured color scheme (my favorite)… and with a little wayward bundle of balloons.

Chicago Skyline Surprise Birthday Invitations by Architette Studios

Chicago Skyline Surprise Birthday Invitations by Architette Studios

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Design by J.Bishop of Architette Studios.
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Paper Quilt Series – Chevron and Bowtie

25 Apr 2013 11:00am

As previously mentioned, I have been working on a new series in the studio entitled as the “Paper Quilt Series“. It first launched with my limited edition Monkey Wrench block design created in collaboration with Karen over at Presse Dufour.

Today, I present to you the open edition of the “Chevron” and “Bowtie” blocks… created in green and plum watercolors respectively.

Paper Quilt Series - Chevron by Architette Studios

Paper Quilt Series - Bowtie by Architette Studios

Don’t forget to take a peek at “Pinwheel” and my personal favorite, “Monkey Wrench“. Up next…. “Rolling Stone” and “Railroad Crossing”…

Paper Quilt Series sketches by Architette Studios

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City of Irving Notecards

23 Apr 2013 8:00am

Located in Williams Square of Irving, Texas is a public fountain bronze sculpture installation called ‘Mustangs at Las Colinas‘. It is said to be the largest equestrian sculpture in the world. (Everything is Texas is bigger!) It was commissioned in 1976 from sculptor Robert Glen and was installed in 1984.

MustangsLasColinas

Last month, I was commissioned to draw this sculpture to add to the bottom portion of a custom stationery set design for the City of Irving, Texas… to commemorate the city’s honor of being awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – an honor for the highest level of national recognition of performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive!

Mustangs Las Colinas Sketch by Architette Studios

City of Irving Mustangs Las Colinas Notecards by Architette Studios

City of Irving Mustangs Las Colinas Notecards by Architette Studios

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Design by J.Bishop of Architette Studios.

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Design Rewind: Island Welcome

18 Apr 2013 8:00am

Looking back over the years that I have been creating for Architette Studios, and given that I started my design blog much later, I felt it to be important to look back over the years and to showcase some of my older work as well… that pre-date the blog! This new series will be called “Design Rewind”.

Today, a look back to April 2010:
“Island Welcome” : Chic yet relaxed look to the future honeymoon on the Island of Bora Bora.
Item: Wedding reception menus for a venue on the Boston, Massachusetts harbor.
Inks: Flushed Pink, Java Bean // Stocks: Speckled Recycled // Fonts: Scriptina, Century Gothic // Finished Size: 4.5 x 8.5″

"Island Welcome" Board by Architette Studios

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Design by J.Bishop of Architette Studios.

© 2013 www.architettestudios.com

Waco, Texas City Skyline

16 Apr 2013 8:15am

Last month, I was commissioned to draw the city skyline of Waco, Texas for a custom wedding invitation suite. My immediate thought was… Waco?! But I just love being contacted to draw the more uncommonly asked city skylines… it is the perfect opportunity to “travel” to a city I might not have otherwise decided to. (Lambertville, New Jersey and Occoquan, Virginia are another two that come to mind!)

Waco was founded by a tribe of Native Americans called the “Waco” or “Hueco” in Spanish in 1849. The early settlers were determined to be the first to build a bridge over the Brazos River, and so the Waco Bridge Company was born. The company hired Thomas M. Griffith of New York City as the engineer who in turn hired John A. Roebling and Sons of New York (who later went on to build the Brooklyn Bridge) to do all the cable and steelwork.

Waco 1911 Postcard

As if that wasn’t enough, built in 1902 Waco Steel Bridge was at the time, the longest single span steel bridge in the US!

Waco 1902 Postcard

The city’s nickname is the “Heart of Texas”, and is also the home to Baylor University, the Dr. Pepper Museum and the McLennan Courthouse. All of which (and more!) are included in my Waco, Texas city skyline.

Sketching Waco, Texas by Architette Studios

Inking Waco, Texas by Architette Studios

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Design by J.Bishop of Architette Studios.

© 2013 www.architettestudios.com

Tampa, Florida Graduation Announcements

11 Apr 2013 8:05am

Smooth bright white graduation announcements featuring the Tampa, Florida city skyline, mounted on heavyweight navy blue backer with matching envelope. Each envelope also came with a custom envelope wrap adhesive which I always recommend for my darker envelope shades.

Tampa, Florida Graduation Announcements by Architette Studios

Tampa, Florida Graduation Announcements by Architette Studios

Tampa, Florida Graduation Announcements by Architette Studios

Tampa, Florida Graduation Announcements by Architette Studios

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Design by J.Bishop of Architette Studios.

© 2013 www.architettestudios.com

The Social Media Dilemma

10 Apr 2013 9:00am

Social Media Dilemma

Update, tweet, pin… insta-argh! With social media, posting the same thing everywhere is so redundant! The thing about all these different methods of social media is that you may post the same thing in all these different places, and then cry for the people who “follow” your work everywhere because they have to see the same thing again, and again and again!

… but then you have people who only “follow” one of those medias, and they might miss out on something… and I could miss out on possible feedback (which is the life-fuel for me to go on!) This is the daily social media dilemma.

Some companies play that social media game, you know… “win a shopping spree if you share this post on your page”, “retweet this tweet to win”, or “create an inspiration board on Pinterest and tag us to win!”… but that’s not what I am trying to achieve. I just want to be clear about what is shown/posted where, so you can see what you want to see.  (Although in this case, I’d like to say it’s never bad too have too much of a good thing! Upsidedown Smiley (Yes, that smiley is supposed to be upside down.)

… so here is the list of my favorite “kids” (in order) for Architette Studios… and what special attention I pay to each one. They’re not all the same!

#1 – Facebook: My first social media outlet for Architette Studios! I started with it, I’ll end with it. The portfolio there equals the one on my own portfolio website (if not surpasses it on some occasions!) It’s up-to-date, current, the most paid-attention to. In a way… all other social medias are a supplement to it.

#2 – My blog: Almost exactly what I post on Facebook, but with more detail, more back-story… and possibly more behind-the-scenes photos. The blog automatically “feeds” to Facebook and Twitter within the hour of a blog publish. (So if you follow my work on Facebook and/or Twitter, you won’t miss a blog post either.)

#3 – Twitter: I was late to the tweet game. @ArchitetteStu is the 140-character version of what I post on Facebook. Plus, since I do not have a personal Twitter (and never will), you’ll see the occasional “this-has-nothing-to-do-with-your-work” tweet. (Now you’ll also know that I love to watch The Voice, American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice, and am a huge astronomy skywatching nerd… ha. Don’t judge.)

#4 – Instagram: Too much social media, and I’ve decided to focus on only this blog, Facebook and Twitter… au revoir Instagram! Again, late to the instagramming. @ArchitetteStudios is often the neglected child… but I do post there, and seemingly everything all at once… with some weird hashtags that I think make sense at the time. Then come to find out that I am the only one in all of Instagram-land to use it. I do love the Instagram filters (especially Earlybird), and lately have been using Instagram filters to obtain a photo of my works-in-progress, and then sharing it elsewhere. If anything, you may see photos here that will not show up elsewhere… because it’s “Instagood”, but not “elsewheregood”.

#5 – Pinterest: I only have a personal Pinterest, with a “board” of work that can be seen there. They are just pins from my blog, or directly from my Etsy shop. Nothing too exciting. If you decide to poke around and find my other boards, well… you’ll just have to ignore my “this-has-nothing-to-do-with-your-work” pins!

… and that’s it! Those are my “kids” (in order) for Architette Studios! One consistent theme you’ll notice between all of them – just about every post, anywhere, entails a photo. Visuals = good + a thousand words.

You can always just forgo any and all of these, and just sign up for my email blasts instead… (once every couple of months or so!) Keep it simple right?

So here is a recap + what you’ll see where for Architette Studios:
 Facebook – Everything + links to blog posts.
The blog – Everything in detail with a back-story.
Twitter – The 140-character concentrated info + links to blog posts + some “not-work-related” tweets.
Instagram – Behind-the-scenes + works-in-progress photos that I won’t post elsewhere (“Instagood”, but not “elsewheregood”.)
Pinterest – Just a personal “board” of pins from my blog, or directly from my Etsy shop. Nothing exciting.

My fine artwork for JBishop Studios can be found only on:
 Facebook, Twitter (@JBishopStudios), and Instagram (@JBishopStudios)

One more thing… if you see pages for Architette Studios or JBishop Studios on any other media… it’s NOT me! Just FYI. (Never will there be a Foursquare, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.) Cheers! I’ll see you on the page-twitter-blog-insta-pin!

Chemistry bottle icons used with permission by www.apricum.net

© 2013 www.architettestudios.com

Utah Thank You Notecards

9 Apr 2013 8:00am

These custom Salt Lake City, Utah thank you cards feature the city skyline, but are simply labeled as Utah. This is one of my favorite city skyline and am glad it was amongst the cities I just had to draw… just to draw it!

Utah Skyline Thank You Cards by Architette Studios

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Design by J.Bishop of Architette Studios.

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Little World on a Sand Dollar

5 Apr 2013 11:09am

Happy Friday! It is a busy Friday… but a brief and little pause from the studio work for another addition to my “Little Worlds” series. Also combining it with this weeks Illustration Friday topic of “Urban“, this is my “Little World on a Sand Dollar”.

Little World on a Sand Dollar by J.Bishop Studios

… okay, back to work! Visit these posts for more Little Worlds.

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© 2013 www.jbishopstudios.com

City Skyline Wedding Table Cards

4 Apr 2013 8:00am

Last month, I had the pleasure of creating custom various city skyline prints on heavyweight natural textured stock which would later be framed and placed on the wedding reception tables for my bride-to-be.

City Skyline Table Cards by Architette Studios

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Design by J.Bishop of Architette Studios.

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Austin Save the Date Postcards

2 Apr 2013 8:00am

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure to work on a custom hand scripted set of Austin, Texas city skyline Save the Date postcards in a heavyweight natural off white stock.

Austin City Skyline Save the Dates by Architette Studios

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Design by J.Bishop of Architette Studios.

© 2013 www.architettestudios.com

Progress of Confection

1 Apr 2013 5:25pm

I haven’t made any progress on this painting in over a year and a half, and last Friday… I finally sat down to add another layer to my painting “Confection” -11×14″ oil on masonite.

September 2011:

April 2013:
"Confection" in progress by J.Bishop Studios

It’s coming right along! I know why I stayed away from it for as long as I did though… now I want a cupcake! Stat!

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Hand Embellished Watercolor City Skylines

28 Mar 2013 7:00am

For Christmas, my little sister Laura gave me a set of watercolor paints. Surprisingly… this completes my collection of paint mediums… as I have everything else in the studio… oils, acrylics, gouache… so naturally, these little guys fit right in. I have faint recollections of experimenting with watercolors in the distant past… and not having very good results. I think this is what kept me away from them for so long.

I have been receiving many requests for my City Skyline Series in color. While in the past, I’ve always offered the skylines in color pencil accent…and am happy to announce (now that I’ve had a chance to experiment with my hand at watercolors), that I am now offering prints hand embellished with original watercolors! You pick the city in this listing in the shop.

Los Angeles City Skyline Watercolor in Process by Architette Studios
(Los Angeles city skyline test study)

One of my favorite watercolor artists is David Scheirer at Studio Tuesday. I just adore his absolutely adorable illustrations of animals and wildlife… ranging from cute to serious, and back again. (If you haven’t seen his work, I highly recommend checking it out.) I have sooo many prints that I want for my own studio that I’ve never been able to narrow it down to just the three I need! One day… one day…

Getting back on track… his behind the scene photos from his watercolors blog have really helped me to understand how to treat watercolors… which is quite different from oils, acrylics, etc.

Pattaya City Skyline Watercolor in Process by Architette Studios
(Pattaya City, Thailand city skyline)

Machu Picchu Embellished Watercolor by Architette Studios
(Cape Town, South Africa city skyline)

Machu Picchu Embellished Watercolor by Architette Studios
(Machu Picchu skyline)

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Design by J.Bishop of Architette Studios.

© 2013 www.architettestudios.com

City Skylines on Society 6

26 Mar 2013 8:30am

Back in August of 2011, I discovered the website Society 6. I was instantly intrigued that when an item is posted and sells, they produce it, package it and ship it for you. I maintain the rights to my work (of course!), and am exposed to possible retail sellers as well. I opened a shop there but have been slow to add city skylines as my current shop keeps me plenty busy!

What started me back up there, was the amazing throw pillow line they just began. Just look at how my city skylines look as pillows! Love.

Paris City Skyline Pillow by Architette Studios

New York City Skyline Pillow by Architette Studios

… and they have stationery note cards… I ordered a set of my own New York City skyline folded cards to see the quality… and just to have a set of my skyline printed white on black. The cards come in a satin finish, and are blank inside. The quality of the envelopes is very nice as well.

New York Skyline Cards by Architette Studios on Society 6

New York Skyline Cards by Architette Studios on Society 6

New York Skyline Cards by Architette Studios on Society 6

… and iPhone cases, iPod skins, laptop and iPad skins too!

Venice iPhone case by Architette Studios

There are also various sizes and types of gallery quality framed prints and canvases available as well. I am impressed. You may have noticed that the colors are inverted from what is offered in my Etsy shop. Let’s just say, these are the darker twins. :) Enjoy… more city skylines are being added all the time.

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© 2013 www.architettestudios.com



Jennifer Bishop of Architette Studios
Stationer, artist, and illustrator located
in the Texas Hill Country.


Pratt Institute
Bachelors of Architecture, 2007

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