So, I've had a Skillshare membership for approximately 1000 years now, and enrolled in a number of classes there. But trying to find a lot of time for both watching videos, practicing, and creating projects has rather eluded me until this week. I found Nicholas Felton's Data Visualization: Designing Maps with Processing and Illustrator course, and immediately I was hooked.
Which makes no sense, considering it's got !!!PROGRAMMING!!!!! - my old nemesis.
But on the other hand.....it also has maps, the objects of my greatest visually-inclined-geography-nerd love. So I figure that's the key.
Processing seems like a really awesome, powerful tool. My execution maybe needs more refinement, but I'm excited to jump in and practice with more maps, and puzzle out how to make even more kinds of graphs and charts, to really round out my infographic makin' skills.
Part of a larger illustration for a poster that's in progress and also AWESOME. Had to share because I'm completely jazzed about how he's come out - stay tuned for the rest soon.
(Watermarked on the off chance my pony drawin' turns up on google images and someone decides it's worth using in their article or blog post or whatever - figure it could be one the tribulations of being/drawing a Triple Crown winner)
Some practice with digital painting and trying to solidify more identifiable, accurate portraiture. Skipping around a little bit between them (story of my life) but just working on more painterly rendering in Photoshop - Kyle T. Webster's amazing brushes are a big help. Of course I still have 3+ more Avengers to go after my 3 favorites here...
So I've read about a million different inspirational, motivational articles or blogs or Instagram photos about creativity and habit-building - all boiling down, basically, to "Just do it." I'm trying to remember that not everything that results from a pencil touching paper needs to be perfect and precious - just that it needs to be finished before it can be anything. Trying to come back to the art of sketching or doodling and just letting that be where a bigger, more formed idea comes from. And that I need to be doing all that waaaay more often than I have been lately.
So for the month of March, I'm hand lettering one quote, or phrase, or song lyric, etc, each day. Nothing precious, nothing precise - just taking something that I like or that sticks with me, and transforming it by putting it on paper in my own way. So we'll see how that goes, though I'm really dedicated to sticking with it, because follow-through has always been my biggest hurdle.
These are just tidied up - upping the contrast and removing some of the more egregious smudges (the lefty struggle is real). Otherwise, they'll be just how they are in my sketchbook, for all intents and purposes "finished" but maybe a few could act as thumbnails for more labor-intensive pieces down the road. We'll see!
Obviously it's not to blog. I am the worst at regular blogging. I'm going to try again now, though! Because I'm revamping my website for the twelve billionth time.
So, at work I do keep busy, doing the designin' thing, making all sorts of posters and whatnot. And I've even been drawing lately (more on that soon)! But sometimes, outside of work, when life gets busy, those extraneous creative pursuits fall by the wayside in favor of Ben & Jerry's and consuming entirely too many episodes of television in one sitting.
Luckily for me, I have good friends who love coming up with ridiculous things for me to Photoshop for them. These creative excursions are the subject of this post.