Drink and Draw Like A Lady

Tonight I did something pretty amazing. I went to the Drink and Draw Like A Lady. It was my first drink n' draw since Lafayette. Mostly in attendence were gals that make comics, but I did find some oddballs like myself. I met some pretty amazing people. I also got some much needed encouragement in my endevours. I hope everyone I met made it to their destinations safely and thanks for being awesome! As promised I will share my sketchblog with you. My best friend Corinne and I started this after undergrad together and I will work on reviving it inthe near future. Hope to see you all at MoCCA Fest tomorrow! Also, thanks Lucy for putting this event together. You're a doll and good luck with your book tour!


Save Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

If you are into letterpress or even just in tune with the design world, you may have heard that the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is in trouble. They are being forced to vacate their building and may have to as soon as mid-February. Obviously, this place is pretty massive so this would be no small feat. They are asking for donations, as I assume they will be trying to acquire the building from the owners. If you have any means of giving, please consider. It's a shame that wonderful keepers of information are foced to make decisions like this. We need to support those that feed our intellect, so please give anything you can. 


Flashback Friday

Happy Friday!

I was going through some of my things and I found this self portrait I did years ago. It's not my best piece, but something about it catches my eye. Maybe it marks the beginning of a transformation. More likely, it's because it was the first self portrait I really put time into. Who knows? I just know when I look at it, it's like I stopped time. That was who I was at that moment and she may only be a fraction of the person I am now.   


SOFA - A Magazine About Couch-Surfing. (For the iPad)

By trade, I am a graphic designer, but in life I am an adventurer. About four years ago, I came across the website I used its interface to get in touch with locals during my first European excursion and it forever changed my life. For anyone looking to broaden his or her horizons I highly recommend it. 

However, this blog post is not about that so much as the great things that can come out of experiences like my own. While surfing through my groups on the website, I stumbled across a modest proposal for a magazine devoted to sharing similar stories to the world. Three designers from Münich, have taken it upon themselves to no only develop/design this wonderful piece of print material, but are working towards developing a version for the iPad (perfect for travelers that don't have time to keep up with print editions). They don't have much time left in their KickStarter campaign, so it would be great if any of you could contribute. Please check it out; it's a wonderful endeavor. 



Camp Fiber

Yesterday as part of INNOV8 Lafayette, eight-day festival of creativity and innovation, I attended Camp Fiber. Fiber Corps set up a day full of exploring how creatives and businesses utilize technology. There's more to it then that, but you get the idea. I really enjoyed the entire experience. To listen to speakers from the city I work and play in made a huge impact. It felt less like great ideas were falling amongst the deaf ears of a larger national conference. Below I will share some of notes, some quotes others merely scribbles, but hopefully these words will empower you to feel passionate about the things you already had a passion for.

-Quick change of pace creates instability. (Which may or may not be a bad thing.)
-How do artists imagine the places they live? (An open question, but it's filled with so many possibilities.)
-"Cyberspace is not another realm. It is intertwined with our reality."-  Gerar Edizel
-TAKE RISKS (It's actually written rather large in my notebook.)
-Put yourself out of the box and change the way you make things. 
-Don't mistake troubleshooting for doing something. (The same goes for research.)
-Use analog methods to create. (Something I was doing in my personal work, but am lacking in my professional work.)
-Sketching is not a gift it's a process. (Can I get an AMEN?!)
-Technology has crept in whether one likes it or not.

So there you have it. What I learned or found pertinent in a nutshell. I hope that these few nuggets of wisdom (which these are merely a small percentage) help you in your creative life. Don't forget that just because your career calls for you to be create on cue, making you feel sometimes like an organ grinder monkey, does not mean you can't approach projects as if there were never a client in the first place. Have fun and explore first, then engineer your projects for you client.