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 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.
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.
It’s January 9th and the holidays are officially over. It’s been one month since my last project post, and I’m just now finally getting some time to post again. Part of the problem was that I didn’t want to put up any images of gifts until I had given them. The other part of the problem was that I was just extremely busy.
Never fear, lovely readers, for I am back with news from the distant past – aka December 2016. So distant, yet it feels like it was just yesterday. In this blog, I’ll be talking about all of the projects that I took on this season, and how they’ve lead me down new and different artistic paths.
As you may have read in my Thankful Thirty post, my nephew turned two on Thanksgiving. The boy loves a lot of things – Choo-choos, beep-beeps, Mickey, Pokemon, and Paw Patrol, to name a few. As part of his gift, I got him a little plush Pikachu, something that we both share a love of. The second part of his gift was a drawing of him, Pikachu, and Chase from Paw Patrol. Being a two year old boy and suddenly immersed in a pool full of new toys, he hardly had the time to even look at the picture (which was to be expected), but I hope he’ll grow to appreciate said picture.
Let’s be clear here – by “an under appreciated program,” I mean specifically by me. I am nothing short of an Adobe fangirl. I have spent too many hours to count playing around in Photoshop, creating logos in Illustrator, coding websites in Dreamweaver, designing page layouts in InDesign, and editing videos in Premiere. So why is it that I’m just now discovering all of the amazing and fun things you can do with After Effects? Let me take you on a journey of my past week.