Imagination, Not-Imagination

“What do you think is going to happen?!” my daughter asks me when I express anxiety about her traveling alone in Europe.

“I’m not even going to begin to tell you the things my imagination can come up with, ” I answer.

Today I have changed my mind. It is not my imagination that provides terrifying scenarios. It is the news, movies I’ve seen, fears expressed by other people. These things fill my head when I start to worry.

Imagination, on the other hand, is a positive. It’s what creates solutions to problems. When fears make your heart thump, your shoulders stiffen and your breath stop, a little imagination can ease the pain. First, you imagine angels and allies all around. You imagine everyone safe and sound. If you must, you imagine heroic and clever escapes. You imagine the day you see each other at the airport after months apart. You imagine eating breakfast together when you’re 10 years older.

Imagination, Not-Imagination

Not-cute Faces with Adobe Draw

At work I saw that my coworker was creating some graphics of people, but they were a little too cute for the audience. With my new Apple pencil and an iPad, I thought I’d see what I could come up with. So keep in mind: I’m new to drawing on the iPad, and new to Adobe Draw. Here are two beginnings I made, not in any way cleaned up. Adobe Draw is quite fun! And sharing it to Illustrator…oh my gosh! It’s fast and amazing! My jaw dropped. Seriously.

New Year, New Fun

Photohop Shape and Texture Experiment

It’s a new year, and I’ve been thinking about resolutions, although I haven’t committed to any one. There are so many good resolutions to make. Take play, for example. That’s a great resolution. Play every day. For today, at least, that will be my resolution. Of course, today is almost over, but then, I’ve already had lots of play time. I think I’ll make it a resolution for tomorrow, too. Join me?

Photoshop painting

It’s hard to know how to even get started with software as powerful as Photoshop, but I’m determined to learn how to paint with it. I’ve been working in Illustrator so much that I’m having trouble remembering Photoshop again. It’s time to refresh my memory.

Here is a drawing I did (digitally) in October. I just added a new layer of color to it. I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m having fun as I go.

 

Hours of writing

Okay, “hours” might be an exaggeration, but seriously. Have you ever written and re-written something, trying to make it look really good, but definitely hand-written? I thought I’d throw together a little quote poster. I saw one in a book I was given recently: Fifty Years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts. It was by artist/illustrator Robert Massin. It intrigued me. (I started searching for it online so I could share, but it’s not coming up immediately and I don’t have the time to keep looking right now.) Anyway, I wrote the text over and over and over and was never satisfied. In fact, I gave up and then tried again days later, er… today that would be. So finally, in frustration, I just wrote and scribbled and wrote and scribbled. Not sure if it’s a look I’ll go for in the future, but it certainly is a breath of fresh air after what I’d been aiming for.

Typography graphic

I’ve been watching Graphic Design Tips & Tricks by John McWade on lynda.com. It’s pretty cool to hear him talk about what works and what doesn’t and why. Inspired by his video on just using typography, I made this for my daughter whose show choir, Amplitude, was going to their first competition this past weekend.

I printed it on card stock and stuck the postcard-sized message along with a personal note inside her shoe so she’d get it just before they performed. It looked so good, neither of my daughters guessed that I was the designer. They thought I just happened to find the perfect postcard in the store for the occasion!

Design Practice

For a little practice, I decided to design a new book cover for my all-time favorite book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Here’s what I came up with, after many ideas that quickly became too busy and complicated.

To be honest, I just changed it again after seeing how it looked on my blog. I’ve found that it’s very helpful to see it in different sizes and contexts.

More photo interpretation

I’m playing around a little more with interpreting the photos I’ve taken. It’s an interesting exercise in letting go of what you envisioned and just going with what you discover along the way. In art classes they always warned us away from working from photos, but I think there are some good things to learn from them.

This needs more work, but I have a goal of posting each Sunday night, so I will go with less than perfect tonight.