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!
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.
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.
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.