New year and a new print! I’m bringing back this quote because ’tis the season for goal planning. As you’re writing down your goals and making lists for absolutely everything you want to accomplish this year, just remember that you may not be exactly where you want to be but you’re not where you started either. Keep things in perspective, look back on how far you’ve come and be kind to yourself. I’ll try to do the same. Happy New Year!
I’m sorry it’s been so quiet around here. I was swamped with some pretty amazing projects and I’m only now starting to catch my breath. As a small business owner, and designer in general, I’m starting to realize how important it to find your balance and make time for the things you love (besides work, of course). This month will be about finding balance and I encourage my other creative friends to do so too! Over the next few weeks I foresee more gym dates, happy hours, homemade dinners and blog posts filled with inspiration and little pieces of my work.
With that said, I’m so happy to get things rolling with a new print! I’ve been meaning to make this print for a while now and I finally found some time to play in Illustrator. “You are enough” is a little piece of advice I’ve been telling myself lately and I think it’s finally starting to sink in. It’s so easy to get caught up in where you’re going or get down on yourself for not getting there fast enough. But at the end of the day, you shouldn’t let your present self suffer because of your ambition. So even if you’ve been putting off the gym, or your house is a little messy or you’re not quite where you want to be, just remember that in this moment you are still enough…so keep shining!
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PS — make sure to check back this week for a new process post! I’ll be sharing a web strategy I crafted for new brand. I’ll give you a hint: it’s about food. Delicious.
PSS — I totally switched up the colour on this from a couple days ago. Sometimes my mood changes and I’m not feeling a particular colour palette anymore. It probably wouldn’t surprise you that I’m also the type of person to change my outfit 5 or 6 times before leaving the house. My poor boyfriend, but he always waits patiently!
When I’m having a creative block on a design assignment (which happens more than I’d like) I like to take a break and put together prints and collages. Although a lot of the designs I create don’t make it online or anywhere else for that matter, I still find the process helpful. There is something really freeing about designing just for yourself. It’s a great way to grow as a creative, explore your style and practice techniques that you may not get to use everyday.
I created this print a few weeks ago and thought it might make a good design class post. I’m playing with a lot of different techniques here, using pattern treatments, clipping masks and manipulating vintage illustrations. Today, I’m covering a short tutorial on layering text + images to create the illusion of depth in your designs. There are actually quite a few ways you can do this. However, for my example I’m going to go over a quick and easy way using the Photoshop lasso tool in 5 steps.
For the print above, I already went ahead and removed the background from my graphics using the background eraser tool (shortcut “e”) and a photoshop layer mask.
I used harsh angles on my cut out selection because I like the graphic effect but you could easily cut out nice curves too. Overall, quick and pretty painless.
Thought I’d share some work I’m doing for a new brand. Can’t say too much but I am able to share a little process work. If you follow me on Pinterest you know I’m pretty obsessed with designs that mix photography, different styles of illustration and texture. I’m using a vintage landscape sketch, taken from Dictionnaire encyclopédique Trousset, also known as the Trousset encyclopedia, Paris, 1886 – 1891.
If you love vintage sketches as much as I do, make sure you bookmark Old Book Illustrations. There are some amazing vintage floral drawings that I’m absolutely in love with. Most of the sketches are public domain and free to use for commercial or personal use. Just make sure you read the copyright for each image. There are lots of sites out there that make these beautiful drawings available to the public, but this one is just one of my favourite. That’s all for now!
I’m really picky about the music I work to. Somehow it has to match the style of project I’m working on (if that makes any sense). I’m always looking for relaxing yet upbeat tunes to keep me going throughout the day. So, if you have tracks that put you in a creative mood, feel free pass them along either in the comments below or by contacting me right here. With that said, I thought I’d share my Monday morning playlist on 8tracks.
Okay so I haven’t started the new year off with a lot of variety, but I just had to share one more print. I was debating which one to upload (the one above or the Valentine’s Day print from my last post). But then I realized I don’t have to choose! So here you are. Another postcard style notecard you can print and give to someone that is totally rad.