Lunchtime Fun: Blend Tool Experiments

I’m enjoying reading everyone’s special Valentine’s Day posts (both sad and happy). With work being thrown at me from all directions I did these up real quick. I decided to do a little refamiliarizing myself with the Adobe Illustrator’s blend tool and experiment a bit.

Two Weeks Rejected

I had a super difficult morning trying to get to work and I couldn’t even write before getting ready. Luckily, I had a friend send her husband back by my house to take me into work because the car was stuck IN MY DRIVEWAY! Yay snow! Then when I get to work it only got worse as I tried to adjust my attitude. The office staff, on in particular treats me like I’m beneath him. It was so bad in fact that my nose started bleeding and I was able to make it to my supervisor’s office before the panic attack set in.

There I told him enough was enough. I can no longer work in an environment like this, I no longer care about my job which I was once so passionate about, and I’m not in a good state of mind after a couple of weeks of everything I’ve endured here. I told him unapologetically that this is my two-week notice. And he said hold on to that because I have big plans for you. WTF! Did he not hear me? Mentally, this place is no longer good for me. My blood pressure and anxiety are through the roof.

I ignored emails and the people in the office for about 30 minutes so I could do this little vector up. Something to remind me to love myself. Why can’t I freelance from home? Oh yeah, not in this small town. It’s almost time to leave so I’m going to go home and think about what I’m going to do for my photo project tonight since we have over a foot of snow on the ground. Thanks for letting me rant.

Lunchtime Fun Continued…

I guess one good thing about the job that I loathe to work at is the downtime. I’m not that busy today and looked up another technique and style to try. You know me I love to learn new things. I’m so intrigued by the cutout appearance. I have so many ideas that I want to try out and I think I need to start making lists because I have so many ideas for the toy figures and photos I want to take. Is it just me or do the purples look like they’re moving?

Comic Week 6

I know, I know. My comics are usually posted early but with Disting tonight, errands that needed to be done, and my son getting up super early it was better for me to post later so I can focus my entire energy on it. This week I decided that I would use Adobe Illustrator rather than Photoshop and even experimented with color. I think I may be on to something with the hand-drawn elements, vectors, and colors. What do you think?

The situation that this is covering is the fact that I sat on the fence about cutting my hair. I felt so bad about myself at work that I needed a positive change. Then my anxiety ‘cat’ kicked in with all the self-doubt and worries. FYI I’m now in love with my shorter hair.

Happy Saturday Y’all!

Lunchtime Uplift: OLIVES RAWR RAWR

I have had the worst emotionally beating bad past few days. During an hour before and during lunch today I created something that made me giggle. What’s even better is the entire process made me feel like me. I forgot everything that has been going on and focused on the task at hand. I was inspired by the retro creature features from awesome days gone by. I used my palette 23 for the vector monster.

More Lunchtime Creativity

I don’t know how long I’ll be able to exercise my creative side here at work. I have work to do but thought I would go ahead and post what I’ve done from yesterday and today. This is partially becuase I no longer care about my job. Sad? Absolutely. I use to love and care about my job. It’s not the career I’ve chosen. It’s the company. But enough of the pitty party here is what I tried my hand at the past couple of days. I present some typography and Year of the Pig.

 

Lunchtime Fun

I didn’t get to post this on my lunch so I’m going to sneak it in now. I went back to basics for the animals with Adobe Illustrator and the cupcake is something I wanted to try in Adobe Photoshop. Both are simple in nature. Now I kind of want to explore children’s book illustrations and food photography. Just kidding, I have enough on my plate but I would like to entertain the ideas. Oh Oh…how cute would a comic be in the simple animal style?

Week 5 Comic: The Polar Anxiety

I enjoyed a quiet morning to myself thanks to a sleepover. I showered then drew my weekly comic. I even made myself giggle as this summed up the reason why I went to work during sub-arctic temps. So here’s my little funny for Y’all. Happy Saturday guys!

Instead of working…growth

Today, I came into work allowing myself 5 minutes to clock in before I would be considered late. Let me tell you, it felt SO good to cook an awesome lunch this morning then to ACTUALLY sit and enjoy my breakfast. I said my good mornings, made small talk when prompted and did my job (so far, the day isn’t over yet). I’m not stressed nor did I go out of my way to do all the extra things I normally do for a company that catfished me into doing a job that they never intended for me to do.

Instead of working today I found some tutorials for Adobe and have been working my way through them. It was SO FUN! And the bonus part is because I really didn’t care how well I did my job I’m not as stressed. I did and then moved on.

I’m thoroughly in LOVE with the flat and low poly art. I can’t wait until I get comfortable enough to really venture out and stretch my graphic design legs. Happy Friday guys!

Low Poly Art: Photoshop Butterfly

I wanted to do something quick before I turn off my phone and have some me time. I opted for a Photoshop low poly art butterfly. I would like my next piece to be a little more complex that would include directional lines.  This is a little out of my comfort zone with multiple and bright colors. Happy Wednesday everyone.

Low Poly Art: Photoshop Version

When I first started my graphic design degree I was an advanced Photoshop user and knew the basics of Illustrator. When I first started working where I am now, I was hired to do all the things that I was doing from my previous job as a ‘Webmaster and Graphic Designer’ but as you know; LIES! However, I can excellent at Illustrator now but my Photoshop skills are rusty. I found a Tutorial to help me figure out how to draw up a low poly art image in Photoshop. Here’s the deal, Illustrator was easy and gives a nice ‘gaming’ effect as you saw from my tree but Photoshop gives a realistic future effect. I’m torn between the two programs and think I need to do more experimenting to decided which one I like best.

Poly Art Tree

I have been IN LOVE with poly art images and it took a bit to realize that is what the geometric styled art goes by, or at least one of them. In my true Jo fashion, I Googled until I found a tutorial that wasn’t blocked (yeah I was at work so I was having to fight the IT nazi’s firewall). After getting used to the process, I’m eager to try more complex images such as a fox or a gecko. Maybe once a month because it is time-consuming but I want to know the process of completing an image even though there are plug-ins that do this in a matter of minutes. I also enjoyed the control of it. So here is my first Poly Art image. Happy Saturday everyone.

Week 4 Comic

I had a wonderful idea for my comic that woke me up. I am an OK doodler when I want to be but a horrible digital doodler. I worked on this for a couple hours this morning and realized it’s a doodle and it’s part of my new year’s goal to be creative. My little anxiety cat helped with my weigh-in this week as Y’all have already seen. This pretty much sums up what my weigh-in days feel like.

Week 3 Comic: Jo Has a Cat

I have been working on this comic here and there all day. I couldn’t nail a concept then the idea of what was going on in my character’s world kept changing. I don’t have a cat but I feel like my anxiety is like a cat sometimes and today I wanted to illustrate the stealthiness of it.

This week I ‘fleshed’ the character out a bit more and gave her hair that literally has a mind of its own. Mine has so many layers from different stylists that I may need to cut it into a short bob just to even everything out. I wanted that for the girl in the comic. This is a way for me to make light of my C-PTSD at times and I’m hoping to introduce new characters throughout. I have committed to 52 weeks (a year’s worth) of comic doodles. I don’t quite have a name for my little comic yet. Any ideas?

 

Comic Week 2

Guys! I found two of my Wacom tablets and a random pen tool with it’s tablet MIA. I tried the bigger tablet and guess what the damn thing wouldn’t work. Ok, I installed the driver and plugged the wires in and it would ONLY work if I held the wire in place. $80+ in the trash. The pen tool goes to my oldest-newest tablet and that’s GONE. I’m not getting rid of the pen just in case the tablet shows up. Then there was my first tablet trusty and clunky as ever plugged right in and worked! It took a little bit of getting used to again and all I can say is thank goodness for muscle memory and this morning a comic was born. I had so much fun even though my son thought it would be great to tap dance on my nerves before the damn rooster’s crow.

It was so easy to draw this little character of myself and my anxiety cat. I wanted to illustrate what I think my anxiety is like. It’s a cat that sees something to play with and bat around. My rollercoaster of thoughts and feelings and he is accelerating my thought process causing panic and anxiety attacks. My simple comic skills are a work in progress but I fell in love with this. If you would like to help me out (any will help or if you can’t share my comic). Enjoy the illustration of my anxiety cat playing pushing my rollercoaster and Mach 3 speeds around corners and curves.

Now…onto my next errand? Project? Who knows right now. I do know that I need to figure out why my color brushes weren’t working in PS and I think I’m going to spend a little time with my character this week possible fleshing her out more and some style sheets.

 

Week 1 Comic

I have been fooling around with an app on my phone for WAY too long. Tomorrow I will look for my bamboo stylus and pad. OR I could go with drawing traditional. Either way, I’m heading in the right direction for one of my goals. This is pretty much how I feel when I’m trying to take wonderful cell phone photos. I’m going to try and get better with my stick figure comics. Happy Saturday everyone!

Deprecation and Humor

I don’t know what I would call this? A poem? It doesn’t qualify as a limerick. It’s just a little conversational example of my thoughts through some days. But I also wanted to include what I tell myself and some of the humor in it. The past month was brutal but I was realized I made it worse for myself. I withdrew from a lot and it wasn’t really for soul searching it was for other reasons. My husband wasn’t much help but I stopped blaming him for most of the issue. I had to pull myself out of the slump. I was afraid that if I fell further into it there would be no coming out. I’m getting there and forcing myself to find time for things I like to do. I included one of my Inktober doodles for this poem. I  thought it was fitting.


I’m not normal, what is wrong with me?
-It’s ok, what is normal anyway?
I’m not society’s vision of beautiful?
-It’s ok, why do you want to be like everyone else?
I don’t make enough money.
-Are you comfortable, house, food, and a little extra for coffee?
I’m not adequate for another job.
-If you don’t try then you’ll never go anywhere?
Why do I question my own existence?
-Are you talking to me?

Monday…Already?

I only failed at one goal I had set this weekend. I beat myself up for only a bit when I realized that it’s ok. I wanted to create another video on Saturday…Sassy Saturday, trying to quickly recap the week but that didn’t happen. Those adults that actually use the weekend to relax are effing UNICORNS! Or I’m doing life all wrong. I think it’s because I waste 40 hours a week at a job. Oh, and the kids! Too good to walk ANYWHERE and always needing rides. Or the fact that NO ONE in the house can put a meal together to save their lives. This feels more like a rant…moving on. Saturday…I did adult things like errands. Oh, I also set up a payment arrangement for default student loans that I can’t afford and cried into the AWESOME ooey gooey triple chocolate brownies. If that’s not adulting at its finest I don’t know what is.

I wanted to do something to relax, a way to zone out my adult problems so I tried my hand at something new…woodburning. I saw these CUTE little Norse Yule ornaments but I couldn’t afford the prices because I wanted ALL of them. It also felt personal for me to make these. What I learned…don’t use cheap wood discs that are prepackaged at the local big box store. And that with that revelation…I needed more wooden discs! Y’all, this was so relaxing and I was so EXCITED to see that it didn’t turn out to be a HUGE fail.

I was also able to squeeze in a kindred’s book club meeting yesterday and happy that the next book is actually a free one. Perfect for my holiday budget 😁. I have some reading to do, wood to find, and a Yule Goat to make. The goat will be for another post. I’m sure after watching how-to videos it’s going to be a mess. Happy Monday everyone!

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