Over the last couple of months I've had lots more mini design projects than usual. I assisted in getting my agent's new Tugeau 2 website up and running, re-built my dad's website, started mocking up a new design for The Gamm Theatre's website, created a bridal shower invite for my best friend, put together some logo ideas for Kat from Mugglenet (I created the Alohomora! logo for them) for her personal side business, as well as managing my own design needs for my own portfolio, websites, craft shows, and doodle products. Woo!
While in college, I had a scholarship from The American Savings Foundation. One of the perks was their internship program, which set me up with a summer stint at The Noah Webster House after I graduated. Because of that internship, the Foundation's C.O.O. was familiar with my artwork. This year their annual scholarship reception is highlighting past recipients who are making careers in the arts. So I've been asked to be a featured artist, as well as to design the invite/poster/program for the event. Here is my first draft for the invite-- we'll see what we end up going with!
I can't quite believe it's already the third week of June! I'm loving the long daylight and the fact that the local drive-in theatre is now open every night---a sure sign of summer and that school is officially out! Even though it's been forever since I had a summer vacation as a student, the thrill of remembering that beautiful feeling of unlimited potential at the start of every break will never fail to make me love my childhood all over again. As an adult, I'm trying to recapture that same exhilaration. I may not be a kid on vacation, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy all that summer has to offer (ice cream! daylight! frozen lemonade! reading time! the great outdoors! adventures! time to do whatever I want!) and find ways to harness that same feeling of tremendous potential in my creative life. Maybe this will finally be the summer I do everything I want to do--maybe I'll even finally start writing something again...
Having wrapped up my most recent illustration project at the beginning of the month, I've been pretty good at keeping busy during my abundance of free time. Between doodling, visiting with my sister and the new baby, working on various website updates, and assisting with a few extra-curricular design projects, I find myself going to bed each night wishing for longer days because I'm feeling so good about life that I don't want to go to sleep! I think this might be the happiest I've been in a while. Undoubtedly one of the key factors I've discovered is having things to look forward to. Whether it's on a per-hour basis (i.e. I want to read this afternoon)"or on a per-day basis (i.e, "today I want to make a doodle") or on a long-term basis (i.e."I'm going to do two more craft shows in the Fall"), setting attainable goals is essential in feeling hopeful and happy about life.
Working at the theatre Mondays & Tuesdays is great exercise for my design muscles, and I can feel it benefitting my personal design work at home. Doodling and maintaining the professional side of my little business feels great, too. And illustrating here and there as projects come along is what I've always wanted. Having so many outlets is really keeping me engaged and stimulated. It keeps the guilty feelings of non-productivity away which FEELS AWESOME. Also--I started my nightly walks around the neighborhood (I go for 1 or 2 miles, starting at 11:30pm---the best time to walk!) and hope to get one in every night of the summer, weather depending. I find them extremely relaxing---usually I'm listening to a Harry Potter video game soundtrack which gets my imagination going. Last night I even had some ideas for how I may be able to actually make something out of my all-but completely discarded and forgotten picture book manuscript I wrote while at RISD.
Mental think time = extremely important!
I don't know quite what the summer has in store, but I sure hope it's continued productivity.