The artist, and his entourage- Illmatic Art Show
So far, January has been filled with all of the promise of progression that a new year brings. I’m starting to make some plans, turn some hopes into actions, and already I am learning so much.
For my traveling endeavors, I believe I have finally stopped acting like a pussy, and started to look forward to the total experience, not just the journey. I know that Toronto is definitely in the works as my first Canada trip (set for spring), and when I finally re-earn my leave at work, Europe is next. I may have to face going alone, which isn’t ideal, but I know it will be worth it. Sarah, my school mate and friend, has also expressed some interest in traveling abroad this year. She has some experience in traveling, after spending some time in the Peace Corp and being adventurous, and I know she would make an excellent travel buddy. As a journalist for the Dundalk Eagle, I know she could appreciate many of the cultural and visual experiences we are bound to have. Check her out at http://sarabydesign.wordpress.com/ - She’s worth listening to!
This weekend was a casual but exciting weekend. I had the pleasure of attending the Illmatic Art Show in DC. My dear friend, (and best friend’s fiance), Thomas Canavan, and many others displayed artwork inspired by rapper Nas, and his album, Illmatic. Many of the styles were different, and I liked them all for different reasons. Thomas’s was wonderful, and while I couldn’t photograph it well enough to show, I did capture many others.
School Started for me this weekend as well, and I couldn’t be happier to be back in my element. I cannot believe I have become one of these triflin people I couldn’t stand before because they are involved in something beyond their 9 to 5 that they LOVE. I love my program so far. The anxiety and stress it brings is worth everything that I’m learning and it keeps me motivated to keep going and get to a career I am happy and successful in. Our instructors seem passionate, as do the students. It was great to see all of my friends from class, and even to get our first assignment.
We will model our first project as a 2 page spread in time magazine based upon an interview. We can model our project to look as though it would appear in one of 4 magazines, and I chose to get back to my news-writing roots by choosing Time Magazine. Lucky Mr. Canavan, of Illmatic Art Show fame, will be my subject. I am really happy about this assignemnt for 2 reasons- 1] I get to WRITE again and 2] I love print layout.
For now, we are in the brainstorming phase, but I’m happy to jump in. We have our recommended readings and resources. Say hello to my new best friends…
Market Fresh= Me. Not me in the sense that I’m like, “oh look what a bomb ass designer I am” but in that for me, everything I learn is creative and new and excites me. I created the above graphic out of a photo I took of my own groceries. Those are some brown eggs, rosemary, tarragon, bananas, jalapenos, and strawberries- just a few of my favorite goodies.I changed it up with a filter in Photoshop, then I reduced the opacity to 85% and added the white text with a Copperlate font. When I begin to freelance, a variation of this graphic will be used with my marketing materials. I love taking pictures. When I feel like I can’t use them for anything, they always present themselves in a way where I can. This was a good example of that for me.
My first class of the semester starts Saturday, and secretly, I couldn’t be more excited! While I hate running around, stress, deadlines, and all the other things that come with school, I LOVE the outcome. I’m getting pumped up again to be in the creative presence of so many others. What makes it great is that they are all new in the program, too, and so that camaraderie is very much felt.
With every project, I felt that design was something I should be doing with my life. I surprise myself all the time with what I can learn, even though it is something simple. If you know me at all, you know that I’m extremely impatient, sometimes hasty, with some things, and I over think others. This feels very right.
Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel
I once heard some cockamamey bullshit like if you can imagine it, you can create it. That statement is also procclaimed as:
- If you build it, they will come. (Field of Dreams)
- If you can see it, then I can do it. (R. Kelly)
- If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it. (Rrrraa Kelly, again)
- Practice Makes Perfect (Unknown- does this even apply?)
To remind myself of all of the things I want to achieve this year, I am creating a vision book. If I have to look at those hopes and aspirations, perhaps it will inspire me to stay on the straight and narrow, instead of wasting the entire year, only to end up in some shitty bar in Federal Hill on New Years, crying in William or Juli’s face, saying, “where did the 27th year of my life go? Down the shitter??!”
These are the resolutions thus far!
The topic of our anniversary date is a hot one between the gutterbird and I. I think our anniversary is the day we first locked drunken eyes. He says it is today, the date he actually asked. Since I’m impatient, I pretty much didn’t need to ask him a damn thing, I knew he was my bf before he asked. As a result, we have two anniversaries.
Lucky for him, I love him no matter what day it is.