You know the worst thing about turning 26? No, it’s not the existential dread setting in as I am getting further and further into my “mid-twenties”. It’s not that 90% of the people I surround myself with (including my boyfriend) aren’t even 25 yet, making me feel even older. No. It’s the fact that I work at a company too small to offer health insurance, and am thus getting kicked of my family plan and have to find my own. Adulting is scary.
I’m a nerd. I watch video tutorials on YouTube for fun that teach me how to draw, design, or use various adobe cc programs because it gets me inspired. As John Green has said, “When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘You like stuff,’ which is not a good insult at all.” see full quote1. So if you “like stuff” too, then SkillShare is going to be an amazing resource for you.
I know that it’s common for me to disappear for weeks at a time, but I do always find my way back. You’re probably thinking that this time isn’t any different, but alas dear reader, it is. As of a month ago, I have had a full time job. Let me further explain…
So do I. I have become passionate about hand lettering, and get such a joy out of creating products for others. While I still love web design, I’m realizing that I want a lot more design in my career and day-to-day life. I’m currently in a really tough spot in my life and am hoping that building up this small business (even as small as it is) will help in any way it can. Here are some of the things that I’ve been learning already.
Who else is currently obsessing over gold? I’ve been a silver kind of girl for most of my life, but recently gold has really struck my fancy. This new found love of gold has given me inspiration to make a new mockup pack! (split into 3 mini packs, because Etsy only lets you upload 20MB or smaller files) Since I love this pack so much, I thought that I would share one of the files with you for free! Who doesn’t love free stuff, am I right?
If you’re reading this post and somehow missed the last one, let me start by saying that I have released a Lettering Display Mockup Pack that can be edited in Photoshop. You can find it here, $10 for 4 files. Whether you choose to download these mockups or others similar to it, you might be wondering how to use them. Sure, they sound easy on paper – but if you’re not familiar with Photoshop, they might be a bit tricky to get the hang of at first. If this sounds like you, then read on.
If you’re reading my blog, you probably are aware that I’m trying to start up a creative business. Designing and lettering give me so much joy that I would love for it to be something I can do as frequently as possible. (I’m not delusional. I know this kind of business takes a long time to work up into a full time job – but everyone has to start somewhere.) I have two aspects to my business: digital and physical. The physical side includes things like custom art pieces, prints, envelope/card design, etc. The digital side includes things like resume/cover letter design, web and graphic/logo work, and mockups and other Photoshop resources. I have a pretty good background in Photoshop, so it only makes sense to make it a little easier on designers that don’t.
I’m going to get very personal for a moment here – I suffer from anxiety and depression. I go through periods just about every day where I lose motivation, hope, and my normal positive outlook on life and the future. It’s very hard to find the will to function when all you can think is “what’s the point?”. Anyone who has had to deal with anxiety and depression can relate to the feelings that consume your whole body and eat away at your mind. As you can probably imagine, it’s pretty hard to let your creativity flow when you’re in that state.
So let’s jump forward to much more happy and positive things – because dwelling in the negative isn’t helping anyone.
There are two sides to my love of digital art – my commercial and sharing-friendly side (the side that I tell my friends about and promote to everyone I can) and my “deep dark hidden” secret side (the side that’s too hard to explain to people who don’t get it, so I just do it for myself and for fun and for all the friends I’ve made through it). This post is about that second side.
Don’t be alarmed. What you are about to read are tales of a Photoshop junkie. I have spent five years making graphics like this, and if there were a way to make money off of it, I would. I have spent hundreds of hours creating art in Photoshop, and this is what it amounts to.
No one wakes up one day, puts pen to paper, and is the most amazing artist of all time. Even those with natural talent still have to work at it.
I have been writing since I was 3 (and they were beautiful works of art back then), I have been doing bubble letters and all sorts of different fun lettering since I was seven, and I’ve even recently started doing fauxligraphy. My whole life I’ve been training to be the greatest hand letterer there has ever been (100% not true), and yet I still wasn’t prepared for the wonderful world of brush lettering.