For those of you who have read my blog for a long time, you may remember I used to write about fabric and sewing and quilting, with some knitting, crafts and recipes mixed in. They were my hobbies and creative outlets, especially when I worked in the corporate world. Yet, I always had dreams of bigger things, dreams of making my own designs.
With all the art, graphic design and illustration classes I’ve had over the past few years, my creativity has evolved, as well as my design skills and aesthetic.
I believe it’s a good thing to evolve and keep changing and growing as a person and a creative. I look at it similar to musicians who come out with new albums that have a different sound from their previous work. Some fans criticize them for changing too much. But I cheer them on for having the guts to experiment, step outside their comfort zone, and evolve.
I think everybody needs a passion, an outlet to express themselves. I am so passionate about the creative work I’m doing these days that it takes all my energy to tear myself away from the computer or sketchbook to tend to life. I’ve always had the need to create, to keep on doing what I love to do. I strive to try new things, to not do the same kind of thing over and over again, to be different, to be the best I can be. This post reminded me to be as outstanding as I can be.
These days, I am into developing branding and identity work, dreaming up illustrations, creating surface patterns, experimenting with typography, learning how to combine hand lettering with illustrations, making art books, designing stationery, notecards, postcards, notebooks, stickers, and my favorite, field guides. It’s very rewarding to look back at where I’ve come to where I am now. I am so excited to be on this creative path, to have the opportunity to go back to school and learn all these creative and technical skills, and to learn how to look at life in a different light.
(Note: new series of backyard critters illustrations featured here are coming to my shop soon!)
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