25 April 2013
These new beverage cards were added to my shop today! Maybe it's just me, but I'm always thirsty and these cards depict a few of my favorite drinks of choice. The cards are blank inside so they're perfect for sending anytime: as a friendly hello, thank you, or anything you might choose. Available as singles or as a set here.
One of the things I was most excited about when going freelance was being able to design for me again, so I'm super glad that I have the opportunity to do these side projects that I enjoy. There will be more paper products coming this year (including calendars again, I hope!).
09 April 2013
A couple of months ago, the kind people at Help Ink invited me to create a piece of art for their site. Help Ink is a collaborative project that uses the sale of premium and exclusive art to help charities in an exciting way. A portion of all product sales go to a selected cause and I'm happy that I was able to be a part of it. My piece, Cherry Shake, was released earlier this week and is available to purchase as a print, wall art or notecard here.
01 April 2013
Just a quick announcement! Regular readers of the blog will know that I recently decided to go freelance full-time, but for those of you who are new or stumble upon the blog, I wanted to let you know that I'm now open to take on new design and illustration projects. If you'd like to work with me, or have a project you want to talk about, I'd love to hear from you! Please feel free to send me an email.
31 March 2013
The work of London based designer and illustrator Jack Hudson. I especially love his use of color and how expressive his illustration work is, as seen in this series he created for a Global Blue iPhone app, featuring various shopping districts in Frankfurt.
22 March 2013
Well, it's been nearly two weeks of being a full-time freelancer and being my own boss. In that time, I've become a registered business and am learning how to manage my time in the best way. One thing I didn't expect was how busy I'd be. You'd think with going freelance, you'd have more time to do other things you enjoy, but I find myself just as busy, if not more. One major thing that I didn't expect was how many emails I'd be writing. A portion of my day is spent responding to and writing them. I wouldn't say it's a bad thing, but an aspect I'd never really thought about.
I can't really complain though, especially when I receive emails from people like Julia Marco, who wanted to share these gorgeous handmade bags and pouches she's introducing this season. If anything has geometric shapes on it, you've already got me. I love how clean these look and think they'd be perfect to carry this summer. Her bags and pouches are made from organic cotton and retail for $50 and $20, respectively. Shop for them here.
[ Above: Bag II / Bag IV / Pouch I ]
04 March 2013
So guess what? I quit my job.
I finally feel like I have the time to sit down and dedicate a post to it, just to share what's going on. For the past couple of months, I've had a feeling in my gut. Every day, I'd wake up and go to work, but knew it wasn't the place for me anymore. I had grown out of it.
A huge sense of urgency came over me. I had an immediate feeling that I needed to change things in order to make them better. I took on a bunch of freelance design and illustration jobs which caused me to work every weekend for the past few months, and sometimes I'd get back from my 9-to-6 job and work some more. The weird part is that I enjoyed it. The projects I was doing outside of work made me feel good. They made me happy when I worked on them and completed them. My thoughts turned into the idea of starting my own business, something I've always wanted to do. I took a workshop on that subject and it only pushed my ideas further. Starting a business requires a lot of hard work and effort, a lot of research and learning, but it's also something that I think I could be good at. The questions started to run through my mind. What if I don't have enough money saved up before I quit? What if the time isn't right? What if I regret my decision? What if I fail? And you know what, no matter how long I stayed at my job, those are questions I'd never have an answer to. The longer I waited, the longer those same questions would linger. I just wouldn't know unless I took the risk. So last Wednesday, I decided to quit playing the "what if" game. I gave my notice. My last day is this Friday, in four days.
Even though I'm leaving, I have a big appreciation for what that job has done for me. I've been at Struck for close to five years and I can say without a doubt that it's improved and bettered me, personality and ability-wise. It's helped me become the designer and the person I am now, and for that, I feel grateful. I was 20 when I first interned there in college, 21 when I graduated and started working full-time, and I'm coming out of it, 26, wiser and less afraid (but I'll admit, still a little afraid).
So now, I'm going to freelance full-time. I'm starting my own business and teaching myself how to run and operate it. It's going to be a learning process, but I'm ready for it. This means I'm going to be posting here a lot more. I want to share the journey with you guys, if you'll have me. Let's see where it goes from here.
[ Above: Illustration by me, see valeriejar.com ]
12 February 2013
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20 December 2012
Peskimo has introduced Special Brews, a series of hand-screened prints based around tea and its seemingly endless varieties. The initial series includes five prints, based on animals and beasts. Each print is signed in an edition of 80. Love the Oolong one.