A Year in Review – 2011

It was amazing to take some time to look back on the past year. Instead of looking back, I prefer to focus on the things I accomplished, things I am most proud of, and the good times, of course!

Art Cards

My most proud accomplishment is the weekly artist trading cards I created, focusing on something positive that happened each week. It turned into quite a collection, full of a variety of art techniques illustrating the ups and downs of life.

Graphic Design and Illustration

I am also proud of all the creative work I did in my Graphic Design and Illustration classes.

In Concept Development, I learned the importance of doing daily creative exercises.

I am most proud of the board game I designed.

We had to make our own sketchbook and fill it with ideas, inspiration, doodles and drawings. I loved this project so much that I made a few extras on my own.

I tried hard to keep the creative juices flowing after the semester ended with a Summer curriculum of creative projects.

In Advanced Computer Graphics, I had a lot of fun learning how to use Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign better.

I am proud of this logo project I designed for a mock Barista Retreat,

and the patterns to go along with that coffee art logo.

I also really loved putting together a mock-catalog layout using Roxy products. Here’s a sample of the cover:

Wilhelm-Roxy Catalog2

In Drawing for Illustration, I learned the importance of drawing regularly, which I am proud to say I’ve kept up with. I also learned how to illustrate with many different mediums.

I finished a pencil illustration around the theme of skiing, one of my favorite things to do.

I finished a pen and ink illustration of a Powder Day scene.

I finished a watercolor illustration of a trail runner.

I continued to work on expanding my drawing skills with more of these heightened drawings.

I also continued my drawing practice, working on some cool compositions inspired by everyday objects, food, and nature.

I wish I could have taken more classes in the summer and fall semesters, but sometimes destiny has other plans for us. Needless to say, I am excited (and feeling lucky) for the next semester of classes beginning in mid-January 2012.

Sewing:

It’s no secret that I love to sew, and I’m proud of the many projects I made this past year.

I made lots of one-of-a-kind bags, including the Artist Totes that I couldn’t keep in stock.

I put together some fun custom sketchbook kits, including reusable covers for moleskin notebooks and zippered pouches to carry drawing tools.

I made several quilts, including my turquoise quilt, a little forest quilt, a chocolate lollipop quilt, and a garden party quilt.

Adventures:

I was lucky to attend two rock concerts, Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars!

I was proud to attend my brother’s graduation from grad school.

We were also lucky to take a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.

I went on a quilting retreat with 10 inspiring women.

We visited our fabulous farmers market a couple times.

I went on a spontaneous road trip to Minneapolis to visit my brother and cousin Linda.

We did a lot of hiking, especially in Fall, when we discovered some new trails.

I went on a field trip to Chicago with my fellow graphic design students to explore.

This look-back really put life into perspective for me, reminding me that I had a great year! Thank you for your continued friendship and encouragement. Here’s to a Happy New Year!

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