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