Artists of any kind tend to get antsy. We get to a point where it is time to do something new, something for ourselves, something to refresh the page. I have had this itch for a while, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what is was specifically. I thought at first I was unhappy and maybe I was questioning the job I once loved so much. Could this be? This small business I tried so hard to put together for years has come to fruition and now I am bored? Honestly, could I feel this way? As it turns out, that wasn’t what it is at all. I just needed something for myself. I wanted something to create that I was the boss of completely from start to finish. When I work with clients to create print pieces or logos they are paying for my design capabilities but at the end of the day they still want what they want. That is not a problem for me, I get that. However, I would be lying if I said sometimes I wish they would pick logo number three instead of logo number two.
With my new sense of purpose, it was time to start searching, what do I want to do for me? So many ideas have rolled around my brain, it’s a pretty constant thing. Do I want to look into learning more about designing websites, become a social media “guru”, should I go back in the direction of photography, should I paint? I call this time in my brain “squirrel” because I can not focus. I just keep thumbing through Pinterest in search of ideas and an hour later in my head I am now a pastry chef opening up my own local bakery. It’s exhausting. Not to mention if you would have seen that Thomas the Train cake I made for my son a few years ago, you would probably steer me in another direction. After much thinking, I decided to let it go and focus on specific things I want to do better. The number one thing that came up was drawing on paper. I am so used to using the computer I really wanted to get back to doodling and drawing and not being embarrassed to show my work. So number two was getting over that it was going to take practice, I could only get better if I did it every day. The third thing has probably been the hardest for me and that is sharing my work, will people actually like what I want to do. Instagram is a great place to put your work out there, it was my first baby step. Like dipping your toe in the water to see if it’s the right temperature.
I am not where I want to be with my personal project at this point, it is going to take time. I am however taking classes on the things I am interested in and weeding my way through this journey. One of the things I have found in this process is I need inspiration. Traveling is a great source of inspiration for me but with two children grabbing a backpack and a plane ticket isn’t as effective as it once was. Now I have to try to keep it a little more local and pull inspiration from other places. The internet can be your friend and I have a fantastic collection of artistic folks I would like to share with you! They truly make my day better whether it be through a social media post or seeing their work in a magazine. Enjoy the suggestions and please feel free to share some of your own!
Braid Creative – I love this sister team, not only are they a design firm they specialize in helping creatives. I have taken classes with them and they have really helped me decide the direction I want to go with my work.
Jessica Hische – Have you seen the movie Moonrise Kingdom? Jessica Hische created the font for this film. She is the queen of the drop cap and an extraordinary illustrator.
Marie Forleo – Marie Forleo is known for B School which I have never attended, but I drool over it and wonder if I should. Each week she has a new little video for the entrepreneur and they are always chock full of advice for the small business owner.
Deluxe Modern Design – This lady has a true sense of style and well, it’s just pretty.
Design Love Fest – Beautiful imagery and flowers, always so many flowers. She likes to travel and takes you with her on her journeys.
Yuko Shimizu – An amazing artist I admire. The way she puts ink to paper is awesome. I really enjoy seeing her work in progress on Facebook.
George Takei – I have a secret crush on George Takei! His humor is spot on with mine and his posts put a little laughter in my day, something we all need.
Steve Simpson – This illustrator, graphic designer has incomparable style and color in his work, just go and check it out.
Geninne’s Art – You know I love birds and so does this artist. I watch her create different types of art with colors you won’t believe.
Seamless Creative – Husband and Wife duo that make graphic and web design look easy.
Genevieve Gorder – This girl has loads of style in all aspects of life. Once graphic designer turned interior design sensation, she’s awesome.
The Novogratz – I love this family. They give something new and exciting to the design world.