New Year, New Goals

 

As each year comes to an end, I often find myself reviewing the past year and thinking about all the things I'd like to do in the coming year. My ideas and thoughts range from exercising more, eating less sugar, trying new foods, to exploring different places, meeting new people and pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone. 

As the business of the Christmas holidays filled my day to day life, my thoughts often turned to my personal art and design, and how I would nurture it in 2015. As shared in an earlier post, it's no secret that I have found myself where I am now because of a pure love for art and creation. That's where it started and has since morphed into a passion for all things design and visual art. 

Through my review of 2014 I realized that much of my design and art is for other people; family, friends, and clients, but never for myself. I enjoy the work that I do for others, but I think growth can also be measured by the things we do for ourselves. That being said, I've decided that 2015 is about my personal artistic growth. I have a lot of dreams, hopes, aspirations, and goals – often pinned to a Pinterest board as a reminder to try that one thing with watercolours – but often can't find the time or worse the motivation to accomplish these goals and ideas. 

So here I am, with one hand on my heart – the other awkwardly typing out this sentence – promising that 2015 is the year of less procrastination and more doing. Less neglect and more nurturing. Less fear of failing and more experimenting and embracing the fall. 

Number one on my list is typography. I've always had an interest in typography, but never really gave it the attention it needed. I love how a story can be told, wordlessly, in the way that a letter is formed. So much emotion and personality can be evoked simply through the different levels of detail, like the picture above.

It's quite amazing, I think!

I'm really excited to see what I can push myself to create in 2015. I hope you will check back for more typography projects, – like the one below– and other doodles, ideas and what not.

I LOVE by Laurelle Armet

I LOVE by Laurelle Armet

Nailed It

 
Human Resources

Human Resources

Spanish artist, Luis Quiles, also known as Gunsmithcat on DeviantArt.com portrays the uglier sides of our society in his latest project. In this series Quiles challenges a range of controversial issues varying from censorship, corruption, sexism, homophobia, vanity and violence. His edgy and bold style, relatable subjects, paired with his artistic talents and daring nerve make you question our modern world.

Below are just a few exerts from his expansive series. Whether it's force feeding our youth with cheap fast food, the social media craze, financial money sharks, or the inability to voice ones opinion without consequence, each one targets a specific theme within society. The messages can't be ignored and each is raw, honest and scandalous.

It's hard to look at each illustration and not reflect on our current society. It's even harder to not become inspired and motivated to not contributes to these themes within society through one's own art and design. Why add to the garbage that floats around this world. Why tell our children that it's okay to pay $1.50 for deep fried crap? Why should we tell girls to use their bodies to get what they want? Why would I want future generations to be attached to their mobile devices and their reflections?

I don't.

Luis Quiles' project is a nice, fresh breath of honest air. We all know these problems and themes exist but it's refreshing when someone slaps you in the face with the cold truth, forcing your eyes open to the darker sides of humankind.

I think he #NAILEDIT

Fast Food Initiation

Fast Food Initiation

Censure Killed The Meaning Of Art

Censure Killed The Meaning Of Art

The I-Phonekkake

The I-Phonekkake

The Exhibitionist

The Exhibitionist

Kid Soldier

Kid Soldier

Big Fish

Big Fish

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

 

I was simply having a wonderful Christmas time as I conquered my latest Christmas themed goal! Greetings cards. For quite some time I have wanted to make cards. But like many other things, birthdays and holidays come and they went. Again and again I found myself at Walmart or Halmark picking out cards. Why? I asked myself. I am a creative person. I have the tools and knowledge to create some fun designs. Why haven't I attempted this yet?

For one, quickly zipping to the store and grabbing an already made card is a lot quicker than conceptualizing a design, getting it printed and them delivering it to the recipient. This year, regardless of the time it took to get it done, I was determined. And succeed.

I'm very happy with how they turned out and am even inspired to keep the ball rolling and make my own birthday cards! It may be cheaper to get store bought cards. But I think its the thought and effort that counts with homemade cards. Stay tuned for more cards and have yourself a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!