Practicum Week 4

Plague is that you? 

This week was a little rough, I ended up missing two days of my practicum because I was very sick :(  Little did I know half the people at other agencies were also sick and quite a few other practicum students were sick as well. I was very sad to miss two days of work but luckily I was able to make up my time working at home between naps and popping cough drops like candies. I made sure to be well enough (cough cough) to make it into work on Friday because Friday was my practicum takeover day on our grad instagram page @idea19 ! I had no photos of me to post so Carson pulled out his camera and snapped a few awesome pics in-between blowing my nose and he somehow got some good ones! (I tried not to look like death as I was for sure feeling it) here are a few.. 

The front of the studio is a little boutique full of Annie’s, Aiken’s and Carson’s products.

The front of the studio is a little boutique full of Annie’s, Aiken’s and Carson’s products.

The amount of times I boil the kettle and forget is incredible.

The amount of times I boil the kettle and forget is incredible.

Sometimes I go to the storefront to brain storm!

Sometimes I go to the storefront to brain storm!

Trying not to look sick

Trying not to look sick


The week continued steadily with working on our rough sketch for the album cover and sending that in to client for approval. We were able to send it in early and get our critique that will be implemented on Monday. Our concept for the album cover is very exciting and as a hint… it will include a lot of paper and exacto blades..! I also asked for my first deposit for a job and am learning how to better handle a freelance client, it has been so helpful having Aiken there as she is the best with this stuff! 

I am so close to getting Frank’s website up and running and I cant wait to see when it is live! We have struggled a bit with the domain transferring etc and ive realized that its more complicated that it looks! (I do not like transferring domains!) so the waiting continues on that front but that job is pretty complete! Excited for my client to see it :) 

Everything in the studio has been so much fun, so many brain storm sessions and awesome lunch breaks too. The team treated me on Thursday to a birthday lunch out to my first full Korean meal and it was amazing! It was so sweet and nice of them to think of me. It has been a great week and looking forward to the next one (sickness free!) Now time to go enjoy my birthday! 


See you next week

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Practicum Week 3

The weeks seem to be going by incredibly fast.. I cant believe week 3 is already over! 

This week was aimed on wrapping up Franks website, owner of North Side Sign and starting a new and exciting project.  I had never designed a website for anyone before, I have had clients ask if I am able to and now I can say yes! Im really learning how to use square space and it will look great on my resume. Frank had already hired quite a few people to try and help him with his site and I was just glad that I could have the opportunity to fix it and give him ease of mind. 

At the end of the second week Carson and I were brainstorming on a fun project that would benefit my portfolio and be something that would act as a networking tool for creatives. We landed on a Zine. A zine is a small magazine and we started brainstorming for the name and concept. Aiken put together a deck and also the layout of the index. I started on ideation for the cover and am still in the process of sketches while also fitting in my lunch break portfolio projects like a perfume line I am designing!

Watercolour illustrations for application on perfume bottles. Everyone was shocked when I whipped out my supplies and finished a whole painting in my lunch break!

Watercolour illustrations for application on perfume bottles. Everyone was shocked when I whipped out my supplies and finished a whole painting in my lunch break!

Projects come and go, quite quickly I’m learning. Most of my clients were easy going and let me have creative freedom. I’m learning that theres clients out there who have a very specific vision and will drop you if you cannot deliver that vision. My eyes were opened when I was struggling trying to price something for a client of mine and it was giving me a lot of stress. It has been so great to have a mentor to ask questions to and who you can trust, and his words were really helpful. I have been taking client critiques too personally, I have to grow tougher skin if I want to be able to make it into the freelance industry! Clients come and go!  Ive also started to notice Carson’s work everywhere I go now.. amazing

A shoe design that was also part of a mural in downtown Gastown, Vancouver B.C..

A shoe design that was also part of a mural in downtown Gastown, Vancouver B.C..

Ive been keeping his constant advice in mind and it helped me end a tough project with a client on a good note. Talking about clients coming and going, Carson gets proposals for projects all the time and some that he just doesn’t have the time to take on - so he was able to hand a fun one off to Aiken and I. The project is to create album cover art for a band called American Television. Most of my Friday was spent sketching out concepts.

Some content produced by American Television (their music is crazy!) So excited to produce the cover art for them.

Some content produced by American Television (their music is crazy!) So excited to produce the cover art for them.

To wrap things up.. check out this inspiring story shared by Carson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2amjd1f6Yvo

 

practicum week 2

What a crazy week that was. I loved it! 

Things really picked up at the studio this week.  Hubert got us all on a really big project and it had a very short deadline with a lot of deliverables. I never thought I’d be a part of an email chain that has over 100 emails! People were emailing and working on the project from all different countries and different timezones, I was getting emails all through the night! It was really interesting being part of such a big project with everyone on the team being so collaborative. Whenever I could contribute it felt extremely rewarding! Part of our project was to make a lot of icons that were to be animated. Originally we thought another team mate was going to do them but time constraints and him being away permitted that, so of course Aiken and I to the rescue! We nailed out those icons like no body’s business. We did so many icons I even started dreaming about icons. And the best part was that the client loved them and I have now something fun to put in my portfolio that is different than my illustration work! Of course making 38 icons was much easier when pizza was involved…

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Other than that project taking up most of the week I was given some time to work on my portfolio pieces in studio so I could get feedback on how to make them look better. Carson mentioned he wanted me to give him a few pieces for his blog so the pressure is on to finish them all up!  Heres a pretty mock up I made..

After my portfolio review at brandever they suggested I put more of my illustration on products so that designers can see how my work will be applied to things. I also re-did this logo for this project as well and got my peers critique on it at work.

After my portfolio review at brandever they suggested I put more of my illustration on products so that designers can see how my work will be applied to things. I also re-did this logo for this project as well and got my peers critique on it at work.

I also helped a bit on some drawing of a mural for one of Carson’s clients. He taught me his process of how he makes his digital murals and how they are able to be blown to such a big size.

On Friday Annie came back from Hawaii as well! She is the surface and pattern designer who’s work is displayed at the front of the shop. She had an interview planned that day from some people at spoonfower - a platform that supports textile designers and lets them create their own patterned products. It was really interesting getting to meet them and seeing them set up everything for the interview. I enjoyed listening in on the questions that they asked her because most of them are questions I wanted to ask her too! 


Carson posted on his instagram snap chat story a little behind the scenes shot of the studio in full swing!

Carson posted on his instagram snap chat story a little behind the scenes shot of the studio in full swing!

I feel like I am slowly learning of all the different ways that my illustration can be applied, and that each has its own style of life with it depending on which avenue I take. With freelance client based projects it’s more of a fast pace lifestyle, with lots of deadlines and lots of critiques and networking and beyond. Maybe it’s too crazy for me? I’ve always pictured that I want to end up in a little apartment in Kauai, but doing what? The nice thing about freelance illustration is that you can do it from anywhere and your clients can be half way around the world from you! And on the other side, like Lemonni (Annie’s business) she leads a slower pace lifestyle. Making her own products and selling her designs directly or selling them online works really well for her. First thing first though is I’ve decided I’m going to work a design position in a company or agency for a while until I can pick myself up with freelance work and have enough to support myself like Carson does. Feeling so inspired. 

After the interview Carson treated us all to some very delicious ramen at a nearby restaurant. The location where we work is surrounded by delicious restaurants and it’s extremely tempting!!! It was nice to chat about things other than work - mostly about the food in Hawaii and where were all dreaming of traveling in the future. 

See you next week!

Carson said if you eat 5 bowls of ramen you could get one free one! I was unable to accept the challenge after getting so full from the first. photo creds to Aiken

Carson said if you eat 5 bowls of ramen you could get one free one! I was unable to accept the challenge after getting so full from the first. photo creds to Aiken

 

Practicum Week 1

This past week has been one to remember for sure. It was the first week of my practicum at Production Road working under the owner of Chairman Ting, Carson Ting. And wow has it ever been awesome! 

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I was welcomed so warmly on my first day on Monday, feb 25th. Right away my nerves went away and I felt like it was the right place for me to grow and learn as an illustrator and designer. I met the lovely Aiken, studio manager and just purely talented at everything super star (shes also my buddy! - and long lost sister?) Annie - who is a surface designer and has a shop set up in the front portion of the studio ( I already know I am going to loose all my money here buying her merch) and her husband Hubert Kang, an crazy talented photographer and producer. They were all so nice and excited to haveme, and I was so excited to be there. 

I added my business cards to the creator tray!

I added my business cards to the creator tray!

Production Road Studio

Production Road Studio

After settling in with Aiken and going over my list of tasks for throughout the 6-7 weeks we got started on a bunch of projects that have gone on throughout the week. Some were helping Carson while he was away on big ongoing projects, and some were like putting together promo packaging for Hubert’s future clients. 

so many promo packages!

so many promo packages!

I was assigned my first client, Frank, the owner of North Side Sign (A print shop) which installs large scale prints, hoardings, and just about everything under the sun. I got to have a client meeting with him and take point of the project under Aiken’s supervision. It was nerve wracking when he randomly showed up at the office and luckily I was all prepared to meet with him! It was a little scary, having only done a few website design projects to being thrown right into one but I enjoyed the challenge and it has given me the opportunity to expand my skillset as an illustrator and logo designer. Now when I design a logo for a client, if they ask for a website as well I am able to offer that!

I also got to work on quite a few projects for clients of Huberts and Carson’s and I was included in all the emails and back and forth communication to see how the decision making and progress of the projects were coming along. If felt great to be included in a big project and see how committed everyone was to the client and delivering a great end project.

Throughout the week I became more comfortable and Aiken and I realized how much we had in common, many laughs were exchanged, I bought a heating pad off amazon which turned out to be life changing, I brought in butter mochi for the hard workers one morning and Carson took us all out for an awesome lunch at Guu. It was so nice being able to work in close quarters to other artists where you could tilt your head and ask a question or say “What do you think about this?” And go off on a brainstorm frenzy with three crazy illustrators. 

Such a good week, looking forward to the next one. 

 

fourth and final year

Its insane how fast these four years have flown by.

Now I am in the midst of prepping to graduate and doing the necessary preparations to do so; putting my portfolio together, having our headshots taken for our grad book and website, finishing our personal portfolio websites, making our own business cards, postcards, and stickers and getting everything together for our big grad show on April 8th. My to-do list keeps expanding as things are added onto our plate to make everything perfect on the day of the show.

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At the same time I am trying to figure out what is going to be happening after graduation, and where I can see myself fitting into the real world. I know illustration is my passion, but I’ve heard most illustrators take places in design firms and do freelance on the side until they can build themselves up to enough to do that alone. I know Vancouver is filled with opportunities, so its in my hands to go and find them! Im excited and nervous to see where I end up in the end, and how my path will change over time.

Stay tuned..

Emily

 

Getting placed for my practicum

It has been a long week and I cannot believe the search is over. I have finally found the perfect place for me to spend my 8 week practicum at!

My calendar was getting very full as I had scheduled 7 interviews out of the 10 applications I sent out for my practicum. It was such a great experience getting to go around to these different creative places and meet so many different people in multiple professions and learn about the industry. It opened my eyes as to what is available to me and what people are looking for in my field.

Every experience on its own was unique and I learned so much out of each. I also learned a bit more about myself and what I wanted to get out of it as I learned what was available to me.

As a freelance illustrator and also aspiring to do that in my future I had always heard that the easier way was to be working in an agency or be the illustrator for a company. Throughout my interviews I found when I asked where they got their illustrations from most of the time the answer was “We source freelance illustrators usually from instagram”.

When I went for my 7th interview with Chairman Ting I had a really good feeling that it would be the place for me. I had previously contacted Carson (the owner) a year before asking if he would consider me for a practicum and when I emailed again with a follow up a few weeks ago him and his lovely assistant Aiken were eager to meet me and happy to accommodate me in their studio for my practicum. I felt comfortable being myself and being able to talk about what I would like to get out of the practicum. The whole creative team was so lovely and I could tell the dynamic between them was strong and that working around each other is what helped them produce amazing work. We decided right there that we wanted to work together and I left with a great feeling of accomplishment having gone through so many interviews.

Looking forward to my practicum in February!

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Applying to Practicums

Welcome to my blog

I am currently in my fourth year (and final year) at Idea School of Design at Capilano University and it is the time of year that all fourth years apply for practicums so we can embark on a eight week work experience. Yesterday was a tense day of hunching over my desk frantically sending in all my applications designed specifically for each host’s company. I am excited to go out for interviews and gain interview experience and knowledge about the industry and find a company I would like to work for. I learned theres a lot more companies looking for designers than illustrators out there but if your portfolio is good enough even an illustrator can have the same opportunities as a designer can. Im looking forward to what the future holds and where I will go!

Stay tuned..

Emily Rose

Illustrator and Designer