Aaron Draplin of Field Notes was asked by Lynda.com to go through the process of designing a logo. I love his process because this is pretty much exactly how I work. I always encourage new up and coming designers to use pencil and paper rather than going directly into the computer and mocking things up.
Be sure to watch until the very end and get Draplin's bits of advice about freelancing.
I've been playing with Daily Feels for a bit now and it's been really fun. But while doing these illustrations day to day, I suddenly had the strongest desire to make a shirt of JohnJohn. It probably won't be until the end of the year/beginning of next year that I'll be able to get these made but what are your thoughts? Should I do it? Would you even want one?
Check out this process video of Jeremy Fish making a drawing with vector like qualities the old fashioned way. This is how you're supposed to do it.
I'm not sure if many people have noticed a new tab in the navigation bar of my site called Daily Feels, and if you haven't, you should check it out!
Daily feels is a caricature of myself, whom I call JohnJohn, that I try to update daily for all the days that I am working and in front of a computer.
Who knows though, I may branch out further and have him do other things besides sitting in front of a computer. So be sure to check out that tab every so often to see what JohnJohn is up to.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported me this weekend at 626 Night Market DTLA. Thank you Brian Wong and Aileen Xu for inviting me and being such great hosts along with the rest of the 626 Market team. You guys rock! Also thank you Luke Cheng for keeping me company throughout those long hours!
Yesterday I posted about the 53 Pencil and how I wouldn't really use a stylus to draw on a tablet. But Adobe may just convince me otherwise with Project Mighty. They have gone through with thorough detail on how people use their tablet to draw and created a stylus and application that make sketching on a tablet much more precise. I'll have to keep my eye on this.
I want one. That's all I have to say. I want one.
I have been staring at my computer for far too long lately. From my day job designing to more designing after work at home. As a result of constantly using digital means to create work, my drawing hand has become rusty. Last night I picked up my brush again after a couple of weeks of not painting, and had a very frustrating non-productive evening.
What I sought to accomplish on my painting did not occur, but rather I made many bad marks that I now need to revisit and do over. What is the lesson learned from this? I need to draw more and physically render with my hands rather than constantly be stuck behind a screen.
The concept of physically creating with your own two hands is not new to me, but with the constant barrage of new technology being born, I find myself needing to be more intentional with doing more analog work. So in the case of drawing and painting, use it or you really might just lose it.
New goal: draw something everyday, even if its just a tiny doodle.
Check out this short film on Daren Newman that gives a glimpse into the history, inspiration, and process behind the letterer. I find him as an inspiration to me because he continued on with something that he loved to do, had a passion for, and made a career out of it. I can only hope that I will be on a similar path as the years go by.
I always love finding new artists to follow online. The internet is such a wonderful place to find gems such as the works of Rachel Suggs. Her line work is exquisite and paintings/illustrations are just awe inspiring. Be sure to check out her work!
Andres Amador creates beautiful ephemeral earthscapes on the beaches of San Francisco using small leaf rakes. Some people become lawyers, some people become doctors, and some people just need to create. Watch Amador as he creates beautiful works of art that will vanish before your eyes when the tide comes back in.