Day one quick sketch was actually finished on day three. Mimi is not happy with the focal point (there is none). Mimi is using a Pen Sketcher’s Book from Bee Paper Company: Professional Series size 5.5″ x 8.5 ” 70lb. 114gsm paper. She really likes the smooth finish and bright whitness of the paper.
“Adventures in Design” is taking an adventure.
It is Spring break here in Oregon and what better way to celebrate than to paint flowers. With extra time on her hands (Courtney, not me), I wanted to inspire her to paint. She loves art. Our quick sketch idea turned into quite an ordeal—five hours. First we looked for inspiration at morgue.com—a great site of royalty free photos by creatives for creatives. We picked a flower we both liked and sent it to the printer. Easy, right?… No. The printer was not going to cooperate. An hour later, with printer “woman handled” (ugh), we had our inspiration printed out.
Keeping my brain exercised while I’m waiting for work is always good. I get bored and want to try something new, this time it is a five week watercolor class. So I finally picked out one of my photos to paint. I used a grid to transfer in onto watercolor paper, and it sat for a whole week. Finally, tonight the background is started. Hopefully, it will inspire you to try something new. Take a peek.
So what happens when a small town designer hits the city with her son to explore his education opportunities? For one, I remembered that there are buildings taller than two stories. Another, that book stores exist that cover the same square footage as our entire downtown. And finally, that I am a very small part of a much larger world. As a creative person it is so important to get out of your environment and see what others are doing, what’s current, and look for inspiration. It can come from anything—buildings, bridges, trees, sky, clothing, books, signage—man made or God made use it all. Get out and refuel. Go somewhere new, or go to your favorite spot and clear your mind so you will have room for some new fresh ideas.
Within the last year I have designed one logo that especially excites me. SOGA, the Southern Oregon Gymnastics Academy has a team that is really thriving. Before this logo, their identity was lost in a sea of generic images. Now, the team wears the mark proudly on the back of their jackets. The gymnasts have been working hard and have been competing better than ever. The gym is becoming quite well known in the western region of the US. I am proud to see the logo displayed in their gym, in flyers and on the team uniforms. I consider this one a success. See the photo below showing the logo applied to the team jacket.