Thursday, September 19, 2013

Celebrating Milestones

I was lucky enough to witness two major events in family members' lives this year. First, my boyfriend's sister got married. And second, my dad celebrated his 60th birthday. I was heavily involved in both events mainly because I designed the invitations. I like doing graphic design projects more and more. I usually only do them for personal things, but I would love to start doing actual client work.

This is the front and back of the wedding invitation for my boyfriend's sister's wedding:

I collaborated on this one with my boyfriend. He's an artist as well. I did the text and layout while he did the illustrations. The three ovals in the middle were sticker designs that were printed out and stuck onto the bags of Costa Rican coffee that were given away as souvenirs to all the wedding guests.

And here they are printed out:

Not the best photos, but I just wanted to include this. They look great in person. Roughly 5"x7".

Here are the invites I made for my dad's surprise 60th birthday party:

I did all the artwork and layout on these ones. And here they are printed out with the green envelopes I bought to go with them:

By the way, the surprise was a huge success. My dad is a smart guy but not very observant at times, so it wasn't too difficult to keep all the planning hidden from him. Great times were had by all!

Saturday, July 13, 2013


I just updated my stop-motion animation reel! I did a lot of animation on the rats sketches in season 3 of Portlandia, and I finally got the footage to add to my reel. I did a lot more than what I included, but I only want to show the best! Most of my shots involved character acting, and I saw a lot of improvement over about a two month time span of animating every day. It felt really good to see such significant progress in my skill set!

To view my reel, follow this link to the video on my Vimeo page: Steele Reel 2013

And just because, here's my website:

Buddha Genie

Here's a papercraft birthday card I made for my little sister. She turned 20 in June.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Birthday Card!

Here's a colored pencil birthday card I made recently for my mom. She likes giraffes.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rediscovering Colored Pencils!

Here's some stuff I've been doing lately with colored pencils/regular pencils:

I'm in love with Ryan Gosling. His nose makes me swoon. Look at that bump down the middle of his bridge. Gorgeous.

This was in a nightmare I had recently. I drew it so I could get it out of my head.

My nephew and one of my nieces have birthdays within eight days of each other. I made them 4.5" x 4.5" birthday cards this year, complete with sentimental notes on the back in red ink. The one above is for my niece and the one below is for my nephew.

Monday, March 26, 2012

First Paper Craft Project

Here are some photos from my first ever paper craft project. I made this for my big sister as a Christmas present. It's a caricature of my youngest niece, Hayden. I got really inspired by a lot of the paper craft artwork I saw when I went to the Creative Talent Network (CTN) Conference in Burbank, CA in 2011.

Hayden seriously has that hairdo all the time! So cute :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

POW Fest 2012

The short stop-motion film I worked on in college, "The Box Game" was accepted into the 2012 Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival! In order to submit a film to this festival, it had to be directed or co-directed by a woman (myself). I am proud to say that we had 6 women in lead positions on our stop-motion film crew! The festival happens at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon from March 8-11. I'm not sure what day my film plays yet, but it will be screened during the animation portion of the festival.

I am pretty excited about this one. I felt a rush of excitement when I read the e-mail during my lunch break at work today :)

Here's a still from the short. Trivia: That's a painting of me on the wall in the background.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Not the One with Arnold Schwarzenegger

The stop-motion Christmas special that I worked on at Bent Image Lab premiered on national television last Friday! "Jingle All the Way"! The one about the husky puppy. So cute! It was really cool to see my character animation on t.v. for the first time EVER :) The credits went by too fast for me to even see my name, but it's there!

Here's a link to the trailer:

Here's a photo that's been seen in a few places on the internet so far. This picture makes me laugh because we never see Santa's face in the show, but it's shown here. Hahaha!

Duck Strip

Here's another comic that my boyfriend drew and I colored:

And here's just the gun shot panel without the line work. I thought it looked like a cool abstract painting. And that is the only time you will ever see me type the words "abstract painting" and "cool" in the same sentence.