How I Disconnect

How I Disconnect

As a freelancer, you are always on the clock.  If your cell has reception, you are guarnteed to pick up when a client call comes through.  While I love my job, and I love my clients – everyone needs time off!  This is how I spend my free time – on the top of a rock, in the middle of no where.  Just me, my climbing partner, and a 60 meter rope.

These photos are from my trip to El Protero Chico, outside of Hidalgo, Mexico.  It’s a small but beautiful climbing town town – where life is slow, quiet, and the margaritas are strong.

Drop me a line – I’d love to hear how you disconnect!

Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes.

Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes.

I get a lot of people saying things to me like, “You are so creative, I don’t have a creative bone in my body,” “I earned my F in art class,” and “I wish I was an artist.”  Everyone has a little artist hiding in there somewhere, you just have to coax him out of the hole that everyday life has pushed him in to.  Art and creativity have to become higher on your priority list if you want it, just like everything in life.

I’ve become so proud of my younger brother lately, who is finding his creativity, and about to graduate with a Bachelors in Cinematography from Full Sail University.  Someday he wants to be a director of cinematography, and he is well on his way to it. By the way John, I am so glad you decided to go this direction instead of football star – a difficult career choice at 120 lbs soaking wet!

John recently worked on the set of a music video, gaining experience and connections in his field (so important in any field, really, but especially in the film industry).  Check out the video here.

Now, in his final months of being a student, he is out on his own venture creating a music video for a local band from our hometown.  Chelsea Karr (Dirt Road Photography) caught this shot to the left of John rigging a GoPro to one of the band members before the shoot.

Anyway, after the long way around, my point to this post is to support each other in ventures of creativity.  It’s there, we just have to find it.  Talk about it.  Practice it.  I give everyone an “A” in my art room, so if you are feeling not-so-creative today, I’m sure I can find a way to fix it.  Just ask!

Sentiment

Sentiment

I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point Arlo and I stopped taking photos when we went on vacation.  Not all together, but instead of coming home with hundreds of shots of smiling, sun burnt faces and sweeping scenic views, we would have maybe just a handful.  To remedy this problem, we decided a little friendly competition was in order.  The two of us took photos all vacation long.  We picked five of our favorite photos each, and our families will vote on who captured the moments the best!  Loser buys dinner, so the steaks aren’t high, but in the least we have a great collection of photos documenting our Venice and Garmish vacation, and we had a great time taking them.  Here are my five entries.  (Dinner awaits!)

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Boats in the canal, Venice, Italy, April 2013. All rights reserved, contact author for use.

Boats in the canal, Venice, Italy, April 2013.
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Laundry hanging in the alleys, Venice, Italy, April 2013. All rights reserved, contact author for use.

Laundry hanging in the alleys, Venice, Italy, April 2013.
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View from the Wank Bahn, Garmisch, Germany, April 2013. All rights reserved, contact author for use.

View from the Wank Bahn, Garmisch, Germany, April 2013.
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Gondola's in Venice, Italy, April 2013. All rights reserved, contact author for use.

Gondola’s in Venice, Italy, April 2013.
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Grand Canal, Venice, Italy April 2013. All rights reserved, contact author for use.

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy April 2013.
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Modern Graphic Design

Modern Graphic Design

Working on a project this week, the question came into my mind – What is ‘modern’ graphic design, really?  Such a wide range of techniques and styles are acceptable in the world right now – when you are told to give something a modern look, where do you start?

The default setting in my brain sent me into research mode, and I found a few things I thought were interesting.  CreativeBloq.com serves up a list of 20 design trends from 2012 said to be both popular and timeless.  My observations of these include many bold, often bright colors.  Clean lines, minimal patterns and more abstract layouts than you might be used to.  Projecteve.com predicts things we will see more of in 2013 are large, professional photographs, infographics, white space and strong typography.  Seems to me that some things just never fade – and others make a come back every now and then whether we like it or not (like parachute pants… who’s idea was THAT?).

So who is to say what ‘modern’ graphic design is (or is not)?  It will be different in the mind of every person observing it – one of the joys and pitfalls of having our own opinions.  Someone else’s opinion makes my design modern (or not), and exactly what they were looking for (or not).

Take a look at my ‘modern’ graphic design interpretation in Day 50 of my 365 Project.  Happy Thursday everyone!

My Minis

My Minis

For those asking to see the Miniatures contestants, here they are! I took them both to work for opinions on which to submit. I just couldn’t decide. It was interesting to see the votes that were cast – the more analytical people of the division (writers, editors, management…) leaned more in the direction of the red and purple iteration, whereas the more creative people (graphic designers, animators, illustrators…) choose the blue and yellow iteration.

It was also interesting to hear the interpretations of what each was – the most popular comment was that they red and purple with more organic lines looked like a human heart. Actually it is based on a photograph of a Sunflower that I took while living in Germany. This little experiment of mine lead me to the title I choose for the blue and yellow iteration (which is the piece I decided to turn in), called “Not what you think.” The other is now sitting proudly in our living room.

Abstract watercolor and glue painting.

Not What You Think

Abstract watercolor and glue painting.

Untitled Watercolor

365 Projects

365 Projects

It’s easy to get burnt out in the design field. All day long we create according to someone else’s standards, expectations and even taste. I was recently inspired by an article I read by GoMediazine on Hannes Beer’s All Day Everyday project. Check it out here.

It’s all about getting back to the reason you got into graphic design to begin with – it’s fun, it’s creative, colorful, inspiring and had endless boundaries. It’s about creating a design, everyday, just for you. Whether it’s to learn a new skill, polish up a rusty one, or just getting out that idea you’ve been holding on to. You can spend an hour on it, or the whole day – you can sketch it, draft it, or design on the fly. Whatever works for you, right then, everyday.

So I’m doing it – actually both Arlo and I are doing it. For ourselves. It’s been a point of conversation and a challenge to each other. It’s been fun, and different, and harder than I thought! We are 14 days in… I’ll share projects along the way. I’m thinking about making a postcard series out of the ones that turn out the best. We’ll just have to wait and see if that inspires me when we get to it!

Photo of a starfish.

Day 18 of 365.

Colorful flowers.

Day 28 of 365.

Chandelier

Day 4 of 365.

Day 24 of 365.

Day 24 of 365.

Day 35 of 365.

Day 35 of 365.