Now that I'm back in the game of designing and illustrating I've been taking note of what's hot and new in the design world. I'm in love with pretty much everything from Target and they are pretty good at following the crafty trends of the industry. Check out these super cute patterns! I totally want to try out a few versions of these in my next illustrations. Photos are a little crappy because they were from my camera phone and totally trying to be stealth in the journal section. haha!
I really love the look of these flowers and plants. So cute!
Patterns are an essential part of illustrating. You can't just have boring solid colors! You need texture. I bring in my love of crafting and sewing into the layering I do in design. It crosses over more than you would think! It's good to think in layers and texture.
And look at this design that uses texture in the bird and the little cloud!
The only real competition is my own mind. Always trying to do better the next time around because you KNOW you can do better. No matter what kind of project I'm doing and even if it's busy work. I will put MY BEST into it and I will use that opportunity to learn and build experience.
Something I need to be reminded of is that failures are part of success. They go hand in hand. It's hard to stomach though because when you are trying hard to reach your goals you start to find more and more failures will come your way. You deal with more problems than the average person. You start to wonder "Why is my life so hard?" and "Why does this have to be so damn difficult?". It's because you are trying to be something bigger than you are. This pain is part of growth. You learn through your mistakes. Those with success didn't just have it handed to them. They EARNED IT. You will earn it too every time you pick yourself up and try again. It's that spark in you that won't give up. It's that spark that will guarantee success because eventually you WILL SUCCEED. It's the one that doesn't give up that gets what they want. It's when you keep on going when everyone else has wussed out.
Don't worry about your competition. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing. Keep your eyes on your goal and learn through your failures. This is where you learn to be humble. This is when you learn that you are forever a student of life and you will always have something else to learn. You NEVER stop learning and growing.
Denis Waitley is one of the great motivational speakers. This little interview is full of motivational GOLD.
"Problems are a normal part of change and because we are changing we are going to be dealing with a lot of problems. "
"Turn that stumbling block into a stepping stone."
For all the design geeks out there. Doesn't this just make you squirm with the cuteness? I wish I had saved some of my old pantone chips from previous jobs. There are so many old versions around that you can probably scavange if you look hard enough.
Then someone took it to the next level and made tiny polaroid magnets! Using the same technique and DIY skills. This is a great idea for a Christmas gift or birthday present. Maybe even a super cute anniversary gift to a significant other?