YouTube is Cool.

This week has been pretty dreadful so far, in the way that the second I get home from work, all I want to do is go immediately to bed. I guess that’s what long hours in a tense setting will do to a person, but I think that’s just work in general.

In the spirit of wanting to kick myself into gear with designing, I spent a few hours tonight just browsing informational videos on YouTube. I started by looking for advice on breaking into freelancing, and what I found was actually kind of helpful. One of the videos explained that a lot of getting started is just changing your mindset. Focus on your set of skills and what you’re best at, and work hard towards just that. Also, instead of saying you’re trying to be a designer, take power and proclaim to the world that you are a designer. So, world:

My name is Jessica, and I am a professional screen printer and graphic designer.

Feels kind of nice! 🙂 I also watched a few videos on techniques in Illustrator, which were surprisingly easy to follow along with. I suppose if I had any doubt in my level of knowledge, I really shouldn’t because most of it I either knew how to already do, or at least understood what was happening. Photoshop, however… I think that’s another story. But that’s for another day!

Then, as YouTube tends to do, I got sidetracked by other videos. If you’re into Jenna Marbles and goofy-looking computer effects, I highly recommend the Photo Booth Tag video. I was actually laughing out loud throughout most of it, and I think it might be a go-to video for when I need to be cheered up. Check it out if you need a giggle!

So that’s about it for now. Until next time! 😀

Honesty Hour!

I’ll just get this out of the way, first and foremost: I’ve been really sucky at maintaining this blog and at staying focused.

I’ve been too easily distracted, and once again have let myself get caught up in the muddle of routine. I know I say I’m trying to refocus and plan for the future, but I’ve done a shitty job at it as of late. So, now that’s out of the way, and we move forward. I’m completely in charge of what I do with my life, and where I end up, so it’s time to take control of that and actually do something. So here we go (again!).

The day job has been alright lately, besides the regular hiccups that you would come across anywhere. It’s still not that satisfying or where I want to be, so it’s up to me to change the routine. I’ve been working in a different area of the department, which has actually been great. I’ve been working a little more closely with someone who has his own photography studio, so he’s been really fantastic to bounce ideas off of every now and then. It’s nice to have someone to talk to, who actually has relevant advice and similar interests.

Another coworker recently decided to start his own photography studio as well, and asked me to design a logo for him. He had some pretty well-defined ideas to start with, and it was a real pleasure for me to work on something that will actually be used. I ended up with three complete and different ideas, and he ended up choosing one that had a good blend of both his initial vision, as well as a bit of my clean design style. For your viewing pleasure, here’s his final choice:

It was a relatively quick and easy project, and I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. It’ll be really fun to see him use it for his business once it gets going and turns into something. And it’s good practice for me, so I can’t complain! 😀 I’ll be sure to link to his website and work, as it becomes available.

As for me, I’ve been spending some time working on calligraphy. I bought some books, which have both been fantastic resources for hand-lettering tips and advice. If you’re interested, check out Modern Calligraphy, by Molly Suber Thorpe, and Creative Lettering, by Jenny Doh. I’ve always had an interest in hand-lettering, and I think it would be a fun skill to really master and utilize in my future career. I think back to when I was a kid, and made my mom buy me so many gel pens and hand-lettering books, and I just sat and played around with them. Even when going into certain stores, I would always make a beeline to the writing aisle. I think it’s kind of funny when I look back at things like that, and realize how much of an impact design and creativity have actually always had on my life. It’s what I’m meant to do! 😀

I’m going to make an honest effort to squeeze in at least a little bit of time for Ruby July every week. Whether it’s a blog update or just working through ideas in the sketchbook, it’s about time I actually get back in gear and do it. Wish me luck! 🙂