Wednesday, June 4, 2014

holy crap, a busy 10 months

Yes the blog title says it all. Holy Crap, it HAS been a busy 10 months. I know my last post from February noted the 6 months of crazy preceding, well other than that one day in February, I have been buried yet again. NOT complaining!

First, I have been swamped with regular work from my steady list of regular clients. I also have had the great fortune to work on some wonderful new projects.

One of my favorites has been working with a local packaging designer, Jeff Menzel. Jeff had me illustrate the label for a local company that makes the MOST delicious apple chips, 'Sisters Fruit Company Apple Chips'. I painted the two sisters in Photoshop which I love to do, and rarely get the opportunity. Then just last week while grocery shopping I met one of the sisters as she was demonstrating the apple chips. One of the fun perks of working for local folks.

Another big project was working with Dan Pred on five videos for McAfee and Intel. I created approximately 150 illustrations and then animated them for inclusion into the videos. Dan is a great collaborator and our client was very accommodating with a great sense of humor and style. Animation takes my illustrations to a whole new level and I loved getting to bring them to life.

There have been many other projects during the last 10 months that have reinforced for me why I am the luckiest person I know. Doing Illustration as a profession has been my life long dream and it really brings me joy knowing I have had the luxury to do this year after year. I sincerely am grateful for all the gigs I get, little to big, and the range of work to the variety of clients and personalities.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

finally a break

Unbelievably today is the first day in over 6 months where I do NOT have a project that requires my attention. Yes, since last August I have been buried, swamped, overwhelmed and thrilled to have so much work that a lunch break was a luxury. Now what?

Now is when the busy work comes, the accounting, the web updates, the portfolio modifications, and blog posts.

What have I been doing? It seems a blur, but here are a few items:
1) New illustrations for the Idaho motorcycle safety course. This project was especially fun for me because I attended the Oregon version two years ago and received my motorcycle endorsement. All the illustrations were familiar to me situationally, and I was able to improve them through my own experience with the program and as a rider.
2) More illustrations for Total Gym. Yes Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley are still making new exercise machines and I get to do the 'how to' illustrations. I enjoy the project and am always happy when it comes back around.
3) Lots of logos. I don't even know for whom, but I know I have a list of logos that have flown out of my office.
4) The 2013 Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt flash holiday card. This is an annual favorite and this year was no exception. Truly fun and creative.

Big sigh. The last 5 years have been brutal from a freelancer perspective. Seriously. There were times I didn't know if I would make it. Work was so scant that cruising Craig's List for any creative gig was an obsessive disorder. But thankfully, I managed to hang on, and grow in spite of the downturn. My perspective is that the economy is ticking upward, it isn't in 'fully stocked refrigerator' mode, but some of the good times from the 90's are starting to return.

Here's to weathering the storm. Finger's crossed for smooth sailing for a nice long while.