Let’s just face it. If blogging were a race, I would be the one runner who finds themselves on the day of the race, face down in their own drool, watching the race happen live on TV because they overslept (this ironically, is a true story in my own life). I am the absolute worst at promising to do one thing, and then doing the exact opposite of what I said I would do. Okay, this is true for my blogging life, not my whole life in general, I promise.
The saddening part of this whole thing is I was actually hoping I would keep up with the blog and make it not just an experiment to flex my artistic muscles, but it would become a diary of sorts to revel in my mistakes, failures, and accomplishments . EPIC FAIL. I have no one to blame but myself. Not that anyone reads this blog, but it should become a lesson in accountability, as well as one in not setting unattainable goals: be realistic.
I’m not saying to never dream. Dream big. I would not be where I am, or have a profession in a creative field had I not dreamed and believed in myself and my talents. My point is that I should know my limits, and take them into consideration when setting any goal for myself.
I have never been a blogger. Sure, I dabbled in LiveJournal back in the day, but primarily that was a means to fill my head with things I enjoyed before the golden age of Facebook or Pinterest; I barely ever used it to write my own thoughts.
The worst part of this is, is that I actually enjoy writing. I find that I am able to express myself better when I write than when I talk, especially when it comes to art and design. When I am passionate about something, the words just form together and it never feels like a chore.
The last thing I want this blog to be is a chore. I want it to become a place I can express myself. No set agenda or do-this-once-a-day-for-a-year type of blogs. I tried, I failed, it’s not for me. Kudos to the people who are saavy enough to pull it off, for I am not one of those people. I will be the blogger who casually blogs for the hell of it. If I see something I like or am passionate about, I’ll blog about it. If I’m really feeling where I am in life/art/design/love/etc., I’ll share it with the world. Until then, I’ll just let this blog stand until the right moment strikes. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later (or much, much later, as has been my M.O. lately).
Great writeup that every designer should read. Really insightful stuff in here, especially if you love the illustration/type work Jessica Hische creates as much as I do.
Exhausted. This moving and multi-tasking to both clean an old space and organize/put together a new place is getting the best of me. For now I’ll just post an in-progress photo of some digital portraiture tests I’m working on.
I’m new to digital illustration and have just recently picked up working with a Wacom tablet. Being an artist/designer, this little gadget has made me one happy camper.
I am trying to teach myself digital art during some down time at work. This is my first attempt. Again, a work in progress and not perfect, but I am learning, which is always a fun thing.
I am enjoying the plastic/cellophane qualities going on so far in the in progress. I would love to get into the more realistic aspect of illustrating, but this idea wouldn’t be a bad idea to develop further as I move forward.
I intend to buy the Wacom Intuos 5 as a birthday gift to myself in a couple of weeks. I would love to develop my passion of typography and hand lettering with the tablet as well.
Until next time,
So I have finally moved to my new place and have since returned to the glorious interwebs. I think tonight after work I’m going to post an up-to-date entry since there is quite a time gap on my end. With work, packing, moving and everything else, one could understand why. Tonight’s post will also focus on some of my aspirations/goals creatively as I move forward in my career.
Really nice write up and comparison of design not just to being a static, inanimate object, but something living that becomes a part of our everyday relationships with the world.
I have been busy the last week or so getting acclimated to my new job as well as getting ready to move to a new place! I ideally want to get back to these postings as soon as I can so hopefully in the next week I’ll be back at it.
(Sketch quote: Day eight | Amber Stanton 2012)
If this blog were a new years resolution I would have already failed. I am glad I didn’t keep to my ambitious goal of posting once-a-day. That NEVER would have happened. I’m honestly pretty proud of myself for even coming back after almost a week without posting (I consider this an improvement).
Any-who; great first week at the new job. I am by far the worst socially when it comes to starting something new , but surprisingly I’ve embraced it and have actually faired well socially. It doesn’t hurt to be surrounded by such talented and cool people who just so happen to be your coworkers either. I can already tell by the culture and environment here that not only will I enjoy coming to work everyday, but I will be given the tools to grow as a designer.
My first project has been to update an existing site, which I think is as good of a place as any to begin my career in the digital age. Primarily coming from a print background, this web/interactive/digital design is fairly new to me, so it will definitely take some getting used to. This will be challenging, but there is always good that will come from those challenges. Learning to design and build for digital space will never hinder me, it will only help me excel as a designer.
I just need to remind myself that not only am I new to the company, I am also relatively new to designing for the web. I just need to take a step back and breathe every once in a while. I will learn this. I have the skills to design great work, now I just need to apply the knowledge to execute that work for the web.