I really love this Spiritfest spread! I was able to rearrange the elements from the poster to make some extra pieces and I think it turned out awesome! I had more ideas but once I got to this point, it was done.
I'm not quite sure what to do on the other side of the Bio-Diversity spread. I thought maybe a pattern, but that doesn't really "go" with a magazine. Any thoughts?
I'm pretty excited to work with the hot sauce piece again. I may not get around to re-doing the poster itself but the elements are great, so I want to show those on some cool items!
After posting my schedule I realized I didn't address my leave-behinds. Some ideas that stood out to me are reusable bags, totes, or little notebooks for those everyday lists.
I'm still pretty on track with my schedule. All this extra time from everything being shut down is giving me a lot of extra time to work... and rest a lot.
So far I have 6 spreads, made for the graphic design portion, out of 13. Two of those not made need to get finished, the Brewfest drawing, which will be mocked up as a shirt and sticker, and the Hot Sauce piece, which I may just take elements from instead of redoing to poster to save time.
I'll have 12 pieces for the illustration portion, and one will be a transition page. There is one piece that needs to get finished then they all will get the full bleed treatment. Some won't reach all the way across, so I'll supplement some on cards, journals or books, and include some of the process. I still haven't decided if illustration or graphic design is going first in my book... Again feedback would be great here!
And somewhere in between all of that I'll continue to do homework for other classes, intern, freelance, and tutor... Okay then, guess I'm working over the break.
My experience overall with this challenge was positive. It think it was a good exercise for a class that is centered around preparing us for our future. To make us actually take time and space to do something we've always wanted to was a good was to teach us about taking more control and responsibility for how our lives are. Because when will we make small changes in our busy 9-5 working days if we won't right now?
I was able to complete 14 sketches, and was drawing a total of 32 days out of 40. On days I didn't draw, well life happens. The best part for me was that these sketches weren't for anything. They weren't a product, something I was working to develop, or a way to get ahead. These sketches were for fun and a way to retrain myself in art and in discipline. I have stopped watching as much TV, and I'm getting up early and utilizing that time, because I'm a wreak by 8:30 pm anyway. I don't know if my drawing improved, but I feel like my observation skills are sharper and I'm less neurotic. Best of all I've gotten more inspired!
I deeply miss my artwork. Throughout this blog I've questioned my direction and abilities, and keep ending up with few answers. How do I do both and where is that lane where I can, and get $$$? I've discovered a few things about where I see myself in the future and it definitely involves drawing in some capacity. I also see myself working with clients and other collaborators. While I do need space to work, I don't need that much!
Edit: Great article about design jobs!!
Thank you for reading and being on the journey with me!
If this was really how it looked it would be falling over. But I love it and I don't care that it's not the best! This was exactly what the challenge was about, drawing for fun, not for making a product.
Today was alright. Still low energy, but that little bit of unexpected time to myself was a nice way to start the week, and I even got to make a yummy dinner tonight!
I don't really have anything special to say on this 40th post, so expect some better introspection on my reflection post. ;)
This morning ended up being wide open so I took myself to the gym, then at home I made a cup of french press to go with this sketch time, while listening to french music. I'm trying to do things that I used to love and maybe I'll start to feel like myself again.
As we move through Portfolio and I examine all the different places I've worked I'm trying to understand what is right for me. I know I like working with clients, they make the work worth doing for me. I like talking to them, figuring out their vision along with all the kinks, and getting to that final sweet spot. So maybe I'll have to find a place that trains and lets me do that part too.
At one point in this blog I talked about harmony & balance but I don't have any of that right now. I took on a lot and have been in constant "do" mode. I don't think about anything else, talk about anything else, or work on anything else. You could say that's what being in school is, but I've filled my life to be solely and purposely driven by what I do.
I like this about me because I've never been this person before. But I also hate it because besides working on things I'm only looking for instant gratification instead of finding joy in everyday things like I used to. I miss cooking with zeal instead of scheduling working hour blocks around the time it takes to make dinner. Or just going with my gut when I want to jet up to a trail and hike.
This may sound like complaining and it is, but it's aimed at myself. I'm the only one responsible for how I'm living my life and I'm not too happy with it right now. Even though I have no solution just yet I'm examining things and will hopefully reevaluate.
I don't know why I was going with ocean creatures in my econ class. Maybe it's wishing for summer and warmth! In any case it might be time to do an underwater scene!
I learned something else on this one, don't work with your sketchbook at an angle on your lap. It messed up how my eye saw the vertical lines and made the right side of the house crooked. I added some landscaping, but no shadows going over the house. I might one day, but I just didn't want to commit to it yet.
I did not get to go play yesterday, which was disappointing. Work and school are my new way of life and I won't get to have fun until I graduate. Don't mind me, just a little pessimistic over here.
Suck it up. ;D
I'm an illustrator and graphic designer who is desperate to get back to the basics of pencil and paper! I'm challenging myself to sketch everyday for 40 days in hopes of regaining my overall skill, creativity, and wonder!