San diego eighties landsacape t-shirt for both male and female now available at Red bubble

Eighties Series

Graphic Design

5 years later… In a world where Corona has become a feared word, you need a face mask to go outside, and the closest you can come to a human being is 6ft. What started as 15 days is now what feels like a million years going on 5 months. We have survived murder hornets, raging fires, heat waves, sudden inland winds of up to 145 MPH, riots, and double hurricanes.

In this post-apocalyptic world, your writer re-starts the blog. With a sudden obsession for 80’s graphics and oh, so much time on her hands. As an effort to keep my skills sharp and bring some distraction to the unsuspecting reader, I’m making a series of graphics based in the eighties esthetics, with all its glorious gradients, and textures, and loud colors, and type treatments that bring you right back to the, now, end of the previous century.

First up is the most famous landscape of the City of San Diego, CA. I started it up as a simple sketch in photoshop, based on several photos.

San Diego_Landscape-Sketc and inspiration

You can see the inspiration of both the 80’s graphics and the pictures the sketch is based on

After this, some color blocking, that makes it easier to interpret once I move to vector format in Illustration.

Color sketch

You can start to see the idea, I also decided to add a little sailboat, to emphasize the water. I went crazy with the gradients here. Afterwards, I took the sketch to illustrator and traced all the buildings, the sun, the sailboat, played with the typeface and colors until I ended up with this:

Final product of the eighties looking san diego landscape
Color sketch

This looked like it would look great on a t-shirt,

San diego eighties landsacape t-shirt for both male and female now available at Red bubble

I’d love to hear your thoughts, whether they are on the world we are living in, or the graphic you see.

PS if you click on the image, it takes you to my Redbubble shop, where you can get the t-shirts or other products with this graphic printed on it.

Encinitas, California. Eighties Series

Graphic Design

What do I know about Encinitas?

Beach town, fancy restaurants, lots of surfers, much about sustainability, boho, natural vibes, and the infamous Surfing Madonna tile mural you can read more about the piece here

So for the eighties series for the city of Encinitas, I was inspired by the waves and the tile art, as well as the typography used in the goonies poster.

I went straight to Illustrator, and decided to give the text a handmade tile look, encircle it in a wave and make the foam in the wave look tiley as well.

Here is the final product:

I imagined that both Encinitas locals and tourists would like the totes and maybe the t-shirts, what do you think?

If you would like to get your own t-shirt with this design or many other products with this design printed on you can find them on the redbubble page here

The collection of 80s designs also are available here

El Cajon, California eighties series


I know people that live in this city, the city itself…not so much.

It is surrounded by hills yet it is a fairly flat terrain, hence the name. I always associate about 10 degrees or a little more in temperature, so I wanted to make the graphic reflect that warmth as well as the enclosed geographical feeling. The colors give it the warmth, the type reflect the encasement.

It was a very instinctive process for me, so it’s hard to explain the process, Much experimentation to reach the final look, which was to reflect the 80s era as well.

Check out my redbubble shop for other designs on this series as well as getting the design on other products you might be interested on.

Escondido, California Eighties inspired

Graphic Design, Uncategorized

The eighties was quite a hectic time design wise, patterns, colors, cutouts, and many of these designs were hand made.

Continuing the series, today I made a graphic for Escondido, California. I don’t know much about the city itself, it is north county San Diego, and beautiful for what I can tell, old houses with a lot of land, something you don’t see much these days. For the graphic I wanted to play with patterns, and contrasting colors.

I went ahead and tried a bunch of standard Illustrator patterns, and started to play with the the arm of the E, today was a big happy accident, for I liked how all my variations looked together, not as individuals but as a big unit. Take a look for yourself:

This still manages to look very eighties and I love it!
I believe it is because of the eclectic nature of the times and a play on colors, yet still works for 2020 (some would say an eclectic year itself).

Find that really cute pouch here or that cute t-shirt here.

My Pinterest board of inspiration for graphics from the eighties is growing, go check it out.