No, this isn’t an existential question. To sum me up – I’m a designer from Brisbane, Australia. I love illustrations, gaming, eclectic music and dinosaurs. This is my site with insights into my creative outputs, tips and advice from my experiences freelancing, and info of how I use various design programs and tools. Follow along…
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As humans, we all want to be valued, and have our output be compensated appropriately. Sure, some people have their heads in the clouds and believe they are worth far more than they ever deserve to be. And then there’s celebrities who are paid ridiculous amounts to do something subpar. But, in general, most of us are realistic, and just want to be paid fairly for what we produce.
In the same breath though, how many of us download shows and music, illegally copy data, right-click and save as image, use the snipping tool to take a copy of something, or take a photo and go looking on the web for a cheaper option/make it ourselves? We want to be valued, but are happy to devalue that of others.
I’m certainly guilty of this.
How can you expect to work full time in your dream job as an artist when you aren’t willing to pay for other artists’ work?
At graphic design college we had a project I knew was a part of the course, and I dreaded it’s entire existence – handmade. I didn’t feel like I had anything to offer for this. My confidence was low from constant poor feedback from the teachers and I didn’t want to share what I might be able to do with pencil and paper. But when it came up in, I had a tonne of ideas I thought I might be able to execute somewhat okay. Today I revisited one of those discarded ideas.
I moved from Brisbane to Hobart in October and I’ve barely sketched, designed or done anything creative. I’ve had ideas, but my energy levels and general inspiration are not what they should be.
I feel like I sweat more over the thought of having to put pencil to paper of late than get inspired.
So this is a really different post from my usual ones, but stick with it, and you may find out more about me than you even wanted to know.
I received an email recently that a fellow blogger had nominated me for the Liebster Award.
I have to be honest, I’d never heard of this before, so I had to do a bit of investigation work to check it out. It’s a great idea, and it’s nice that it’s targeted to those blogs with lower followings (200 and less), to really help the smaller blogs get some more recognition. I know I follow some blogs that are great inspirations to me personally, but don’t have the biggest followings. And personally, I want to grow organically, not just get followers for the sake of numbers.
I’m not a kid person. I’m not maternal in any way, state, form. I hear a child crying, and I think “geesus set fire to it already” (I just had two 3 hour flights where I was inundated by kids – one where I got repeatedly kicked in the back by one, and one where there were multiple screaming ones). Kids just irritate and gross me out. But show me a puppy, different story.
It’s been a while since I posted, and long story short, I was between homes thanks to a sewerage pipe bursting in the unit above and leaking into my unit. All sorted now, two months, and a lot of issues and headaches later.
Today’s post though is about projects. During my month in a hotel, I had very little to do, and without my pc or even my tablet and with just very basic cable channels (basically the only watchable ones were Arena, Showcase and MusicMax), I needed something to keep me sane, so I started (and for once) completed a project, an A-Z of things.
Everything you create has taken time, effort, possibly sweat, blood and tears too, and regardless of how you feel about the end result, it deserves recognition of the little piece of you that birthed it. (I may be repeating myself, but it kinda needs to be repeated, especially to myself.)
And sometimes whilst things don’t turn out how you thought or hoped, you sorta like them all the same.
I’ve been working (am still working) on more designs for my Red Bubble store, but while some are taking longer than others, thought I’d share what’s up so far.
I was on Facebook the other day when a friend posted about an exhibition in his neighbourhood he wanted to go check out:
The front picture in particular really stuck with me, as the colours reminded me of the charcoal set I’d received.
I find myself often looking for different formats, different teachers, different tutorials to try new things. Sure you could just go in and have a crack, but it’s nice to learn some basic techniques and understanding of what you’re about to tackle.
I watched some videos on Youtube recently on using water colour pencils and I really liked what Lindsay Weirich, aka The Frugal Crafter did. So once I got the right paper for water colours, I decided to give her daffodils video a go myself.