So I finished the book my previous blog post: Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon. It’s a quick read, but there are a lot of ideas to unpack in this little book.
There’s a concept in this book that I actually initially struggled with when putting my work and thoughts online: to always question your online offerings with a “So What?” I’ve never found my thoughts, ideas so far as groundbreaking or out of the ordinary ENOUGH to warrant housing them somewhere on the internet (other than my portfolio website of course, which is full of work I’m proud of), so why push them out for the world to see? I eventually realized that this was limiting my creativity and thought processes; if you don’t get your work out there, even unfinished, there’s no way to discuss it and get better. And a blog easily allows you to reflect and see where you came from.
This concept, something that should have stuck with me from school and made so much sense in the classroom did not translate to online presence for me, and I’m guessing it’s because there’s so much finished work and talented, experienced people on the internet that most (or at least I) can’t help but feel small and unimportant sometimes. “Yelling into the void,” as it were. But hey, I have to look at this as “carving my space out” on the internet, another concept Austin discusses in this book.
I may add to this post as I consider the book further. It’s definitely worth a read!
Best time to get some actual reading done: on the plane. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is upset that WiFi is quickly becoming expected on flights. The one last bastion of a relatively distraction-free zone (aside from a upset baby) is slowly disappearing from the skies.
Excited to get to Atlanta! I’ll be visiting my sister who moved there a couple of years ago, and we’ll be checking out the eclipse (she’s 2 hours from the TOTALITY; sounds so ominous).
Recently I volunteered to create a shirt for a coworker’s mother, who herself volunteers to register people to vote at events around the state.
Below are some of the options I sent over for the client to check out. The shirt had to be non-partisan, and the client asked for a Texas bent. The flag version won out, and after a copy change, the shirt was ready for the client to take to her preferred printer!
My coworker sent me a selfie that her mom sent over!
Fun little illustration project I got to do for an October employee event for Lamb’s Tire & Automotive; employees and their families went out to Six Flags for the day (there’s one more flag on the roller coaster in the background, hah).
Just got sent a shirt today! I’m pretty happy with how it came out. I don’t get to illustrate people very often; I’m going to try and incorporate it more into my personal projects. Originally it was an interracial family, but colors were limited later on in the project. Anyway, the kid got the dad’s nose but the mom’s ears.
Left was my initial sketch, right was the tighter sketch to send to the client for approval. The Dad got a collared Lamb’s shirt, and the Mom got more hair, hah.
If you want to see it, I included the digital version in a gif on Dribbble!
I went to a great talk this week. I think my tweet about the event put it pretty succinctly: “Two things I love: beer packaging, and listening to people more talented than me.”
The even consisted of Christian Helms, Mike Van Hall, and Jessica Deahl.
I asked Helms during the Q+A (my original question got asked before I got called on) what the next color of Austin Beerkworks was going to be, but he’s playing it pretty close to the chest. I’m betting purple.
Here’s a version of an 80th logo for a work client that I particularly liked. It was still in the works, but I had this in mind for larger posters and maybe some embroidered stuff. I also had a simplified version I was working on that wasn’t quite there yet (on the right).
We ended up going in a different direction, but it can live on here!
If you want to check out the final work, click here.
I recently created this look for the Agaverama tequila sale at Twin Liquors. Definitely a fun campaign to work on, with the color freedom and subject matter. It was a tiny surreal coming across it in Austin Monthly (I’ll never get used to seeing my work in the wild).
I mocked up a little pin of the agave and put it on Dribbble when I made this ad in July. Then I learned you can’t do gradients on pins. Boooo.