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I'm an award winning graphic designer, web designer and illustrator. I'm open for commission and freelance work. I rarely re-blog things, but some stuff catches my eye. Below are things I like and to the left are things I think. Choose wisely.
What the hell. I haven’t posted a drawing on here in a while.
Illustration done with @Frenden ink brushes and @kyletwebster’s watercolor brushes (which I just purchased here). Amazingly accurate wc brushes for photoshop. The tone they create is amazing and their blending is top notch.
New favorite brushes.

What the hell. I haven’t posted a drawing on here in a while.

Illustration done with @Frenden ink brushes and @kyletwebster’s watercolor brushes (which I just purchased here). Amazingly accurate wc brushes for photoshop. The tone they create is amazing and their blending is top notch.

New favorite brushes.

The Designer’s Problem

I’ll preface this post with this little disclaimer: While I assume that all creatives—be their profession photography, copy or whatever—have this same issue, I can only speak from the vantage of a graphic designer and illustrator. I’d love to find out if my gut feeling on that is true, but if not them I’m speaking from my own profession.

Only designers understand designers. While I can try to explain the problems that affect me as a professional, I rarely seem to get the point across. Is from my lack of ability or persuasion? I’m not sure.

It seems like people in other careerss can allow the water to roll off their back easier. They can allow issues and bad practises and bad work to not get to them. Designers aren’t like that. Designers can’t not care.

Designers don’t work in Graphic Design, they are graphic design.

When you do bad work, you feel bad. When you do good work, you feel good. If you’ve done something you know is wrong, then your feel morally and ethically wrong. When you’ve helped someone else with your work, you feel like you’re on top of the fucking world.

There is no going home and decompression and shrugging the day off. There is no escape from yourself.

I hope all creatives feel that way. I hope everyone passionate about their work feel that way. If you don’t, I’d question whether you’re doing what you love or whether you’re just doing a job.

cyrushighsmith:

“Remember you are making a real thing and not merely a picture of a thing.” —Eric Gill

Excellent words.

cyrushighsmith:

“Remember you are making a real thing and not merely a picture of a thing.” —Eric Gill

Excellent words.

An end of day study. I’ve been looking at a lot of old-school tattoo inspired art and especially the coloring that is done with 5-9 prong needles to get that nice, smooth color look. My simple attempt to grab a few techniques from what I’ve observed.
I might start doing more of a tattoo apprentice type practice deal—such as drawing certain art over and over—to try to get some of my skills back as an illustrator. A tattoo-style of artwork really does augment my current drawing style. Heavy lines, simple and striking color… Might be helpful.

An end of day study. I’ve been looking at a lot of old-school tattoo inspired art and especially the coloring that is done with 5-9 prong needles to get that nice, smooth color look. My simple attempt to grab a few techniques from what I’ve observed.

I might start doing more of a tattoo apprentice type practice deal—such as drawing certain art over and over—to try to get some of my skills back as an illustrator. A tattoo-style of artwork really does augment my current drawing style. Heavy lines, simple and striking color… Might be helpful.

"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."


ari.: so my portfolio show reception is thursday night and it’s fancy and at...

shut-up-ari:

so my portfolio show reception is thursday night and it’s fancy and at a museum and there’s gonna be art directors of different companies talking to us and ;laksdjf

  • I have to get a new portfolio to put my work in
  • and find business casual shoes since I have sneakers or 5+ inch heels and that’s about it
  • and hopefully my blank business cards will come in today so I can make screen them tonight/tomorrow because I wasn’t about to pay a place to print them and have to get an obscene amount
  • actually I should make a silk screen and get my printing area ready so I can just screen them as soon as I get them

Just putting this out there for ALL students.

  • If you wanna be cheap, go Itoya. If you want quality, go Prat. Look for durability, and buy 2 in case you need to mail one or give it to a recruiter. You don’t need anything more complicated than that Prat, and any professor that tells you otherwise is full of it.
  • Unless you’re going for a corporate job and nervous, a newish paid of jeans + fresh sneakers + a quality shirt & belt and you’re good. The day I switched from an uncomfortable suit to something I’m more used to wearing my offers went up dramatically. Confidence comes from being comfortable.
  • If you can’t afford cheap cards (PSPrint, Overnight Prints, JakPrints) and do your own, try to mix a few “versions” in. 2-3 1-color cards, especially handing out multiple colors at once, looks cool.
  • Never order a lot of cards. I’ve hardly ever gone through more than 150 before they look stale and boring to me.
  • Clients like to see physical things. Employers don’t really care.

I’ll file that under “Things I wish I knew” when I was a fresh fish.