Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sunflower Farm Creamery

This month I had a really fun opportunity to make an illustrated logo for a lovely farm/creamery in Cumberland, Maine.   Their farm ( is a true menagerie: they have Nigerian dwarf goats, dogs, potbellied pigs, barn cats, and a variety of chickens.  The logo was specifically to be made for products for sale: goat's milk cheeses and eggs.  We went through a number of drafts, and ended up with something simple that could be used for a product label or for a logo that also calls attention to the farm name and the type of products they will create.  The black and white chicken is a silver wyandotte, a breed they have on their farm, while the baby goat is an actual kid named May who was born this year, so the logo is about as personalized as it gets.   It's a feel-good kind of project.

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Sunflower Farm Creamery Logo, Copyright 2012 Jessica Boehman. Pencil and digital color.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Introducing Ludo

Jim Henson's Labyrinth was one of my favorites as a kid.  Still is, really.  It is one of those rare films which, from the first opening scene, still makes me imagine.  Or makes imagining feel like the best thing in the world.   As children, we recreated scenes from the movie on videotape on cold, German winter days.  We memorized the songs, the lines, and the characters' quirks.  It's amazing how puppets can seem so real.

Ludo and Sara.
Ludo was one of the most heartwarming and gentlest of all the fantastic creatures in the film.  He seems initially menacing, but takes to kindness like a sponge.  He is loyal, helpful, and loving.  He even can command rocks with his howl.  What's not to like?  Even the late Princess Diana agreed: here she is meeting Ludo (with Henson in the background, smiling) at the Labyrinth premiere.

We've named a lot of our pets after Henson creatures.  Merlin was named after Sara's dog in Labyrinth.  Fozzie is a Muppet.  How could I break the tradition?  We rescued this handsome dog this week from Badass Brooklyn Foster Dog.  He was in a high-kill shelter in SC.  He's only about a year and a half, and still acts like a puppy.  He's taken to his new home like a fish to water.  His color and his funny, downturned ears reminded me of Ludo's horns, so that's what we decided to name him.

Meet the newest member of Hans-My-Hedgehog Illustrations!  His name will inspire me to keep dreaming.