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Custom Blankets

My newest project is to create custom blankets for my boys. I wanted them to have something special with my artwork on it that they can use and enjoy. I started with two of my favorite photographs, then made the art portraits from there. These portraits are digital made by hand using my Apple pencil and the design program Procreate.


Then I added a background to each one – Japanese paper designs. Finally, I uploaded the finished paintings to Spoonflower online to be made into custom fabric. I chose the “minky” fabric for it’s soft and fuzzy quality. I was so excited when the fabric arrived! Wow, it’s so much brighter and more vivid than I even imagined. And the paintings look so cool in this large size.

boys blankets table

The next step is to sew them into blankets. I’ll post again with the finished blankets…my hope is I can finish before Christmas.


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Introducing Our New Baby

Introducing our new baby, little Archer. He’s the sweetest tiny guy and it’s been such a beautiful and busy eight months since he was born. I’ve been wanting to add him into the family portrait painting I made before he came along. It’s taken me awhile, but I’ve finally finished. I thought it would be cool to show you my process for making portraits.


I start out with a photograph that I love. In this case, I’m adding baby Archer to an existing painting, so I had a print out of the family portrait handy. That way I can match the style and colors.


It usually takes me several tries to get the sketch how I like it. I begin with the basic form, then add in my Lupita style circles, chevrons, stars, stripes, and style. These are just two of the fifteen or so sketches I made on plain white paper. Then the fourth one is the final sketch on watercolor paper.


Let the painting begin! I almost always start with the face then move outward in a circle from there. I’m not sure why…it just seems the most natural way for me to paint a person.


Once the painting is complete, I scan it into my computer and use Photoshop to add it to the larger family portrait.


I hope to eventually re-paint the entire family portrait so all the colors match exactly. With two small children at home it may take some time, but one day soon! ūüôā


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Designing a Family Coat of Arms

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio РDesigning a Family Coat of Arms

I had the most wonderful time working on my most recent Family Coat of Arms design project. I wanted to share with you the process of how the final design came about for my amazing client, Jennifer.

Internet Logan Coat of Arms 3 Js

Family Coats of Arms are symbols of family dynasties that are¬†handed down through the generations. That’s why it was so exciting and such an honor for me to create a brand new Coat of Arms¬†to symbolize¬†the beginning of a new family dynasty and all the hope & love that the future holds for them.



Designing a new Coat of Arms begins with learning about what is most important to the family. For Jennifer, her family values center around education, God, her family heritage (American, Jamaican & African), progress, and her husband & son.



I started with researching and drawing symbols to represent these values on paper. Here are a few preliminary sketches from my journal with ideas…an olive wreath for education and Jennifer is Christian, so a cross to represent¬†God.


“Progress” was a bit more difficult to conceptualize into a visual. During my research, I found¬†that birds have long been¬†used to symbolize progress in many different cultures – it makes sense to me – with the idea of wings & the forward momentum of taking flight. I then found this beautiful symbol from the West African¬†Adinkra culture, which symbolizes moving forward with knowledge.

After sharing all of this with Jennifer and getting her ideas & feedback, I set out to start the design.

Option 2 Education Wreath

I started with the basic shield design. I experimented with several different ways to integrate the three different flags of Jennifer’s family heritage into the shield. The challenge was to have all of the flags‚Äô detail and color in a small space without it being overwhelming. After that¬†I created a “family flag” as a symbol of the bond Jennifer’s family shares,¬†using three ‚ÄúJ‚ÄĚ letters in honor of their three¬†names. The olive wreath (for education) wraps nicely around the flags and the green color anchors the design.

Option 4 Cross

Next I added a name banner (using the yellow from the Jamaican flag) and a large cross at the center of the design to symbolize the value at the very center¬†of Jennifer’s family. I placed the bird on top, as a guide toward the future.Option 5 Movement BirdOnce this stage of the design was complete, I created several different color combinations for Jennifer to share with her family. I was so fortunate to have such a kind,¬†friendly, and creative client in Jennifer and we really had a great¬†time trying out different ideas and combinations to get just the right look.

Internet Logan Coat of Arms 3 Js

Here it is – the new Logan Family Coat of Arms!


The best part of this whole project was receiving these photos of Jennifer’s fabulous “family wall” project, where she created a special space in her home to honor her family. On the top right you can see the new Coat of Arms, complete with an explanation of the symbols in the design.¬†So lovely…thank you, Jennifer!

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita


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