Hello beautiful people,
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and thought it was time for an update. I’ve been fairly busy between school and work, and have several projects I need to upload here.
Yesterday, I took a much needed break from homework and flexed my drawing fingers. I found a tutorial on digital tutors and decided to try my hand at mixing colors with the mixer brush in photoshop. That turned into coloring an old sketch, which turned into this and will probably turn into something else down the road.
Now it’s back to homework… yay.
Developing a Personal Brand
In case you didn’t know, it’s true. Designing for yourself is difficult.
Needless to say, I’ve been struggling a bit this past week with reworking my personal brand and site. I’m picky. I have a thousand ideas. I narrow them down and replace the one I’ve thrown out with two more. Ideas are constantly running through my head. Process. Platforms. Color. Fonts. Content. Features. Time.
I’ve come across a few articles and features from fellow designers who’ve gone/are going through the process of building a freelance business of their own. They are pretty good reads and in some cases, very enlightening. I’ve collected them here for your reading pleasure:
- On Personal Branding + A Little Explanation Behind the Fresh Vibe by Fresh By Sian - I’ve recently stumbled on Sian’s Blog (by recently, I mean this morning) and based on my personal experience this week, she’s definitely got a point.
- Be Free, Lance by Breanna Rose - This series offers a lot of insights into freelancing and managing your business.
- Burnout at Age 26 by The Veda House - This short post is something that I relate to. The Veda House also has two features that are good reads as well: Studio Hours (a behind the scenes look) and Freelance Journey
It has been several months since I have updated my blog with anything substantial. I have been living in St. Louis for three months but it feels like it’s been longer than that. A lot has happened in that short amount of time both personally and professionally. So, for the sake of brevity, I’ll try to keep this update short and sweet (I will be expanding more on several of the topics below later in the week). The keyword there is “try”.
During May and June, I had the opportunity to work as a temporary gardener at Missouri Botanical Gardens. Not only did I get to work on several of the main gardens, I helped with the installation of the Garden’s first Desert Show.
For those of you who know me personally you are probably wondering why I was so excited to be outside in the raging heat all day. For the record, I wasn’t. I drank so much water I had to visit the ladies room every thirty minutes and lobstered on the first day. I was so sore for two weeks, that it took me five minutes to climb the flight of stairs in my house. I had a lot of fun though and got to work with a group of amazing creative and brilliant people which more than made up for it.
After my position ended at the garden, I decided to go back to school and as of today, will be attending The Art Institute to earn my bachelor’s in graphic design with a concentration in web design. I am really excited about the program because web design is something I have always wanted to work with and I now have the opportunity to gain the skills and experience needed for that.
However, now that I am attending school full-time, I am having to change my work schedule a bit. I am currently looking for part-time or freelance work during the day. My goal is to expand my freelance business but I am still working on the how and details right now. So if you are looking for a freelancer or know of someone that is or will be hiring, go ahead and give me a shout.
In addition, I am reworking my blog and portfolio site. They currently stand as two separate entities and are lacking in some areas. I hope to rollout some new content, structure, and design changes over the next two months that will unite the two sites.
Finally, on a more personal note, my grandpa passed away two weeks ago, and it has hit me pretty hard. Today and next Monday are the one year anniversaries of the deaths of two very important people in my life and the impact of losing another so close is, well, devastating. Grief isn’t easy; it’s a day to day process and getting through it is a challenge at times. I have been very lucky to have a very supportive group of family and friends and I wouldn’t have gotten far without them. They keep me going and at the end of the day, I’m still here.
And that’s what matters the most.