I’ve heard many designers and artists say they have Artist’s Block which I guess is the equivalent to Writer’s Block. Those moments when your mind goes blank and you don’t know what to draw or design. In my opinion, artist block shouldn’t be used as an excuse for not designing. There’s so much around us and a ton of subject matter that should help to inspire us.
Read a book, look out a window, take a walk and look around or simply look in front of you and design something based on the first thing you see. I like doing practice designs in between jobs to stay fresh.
Below are a number of “practice” designs sketches I did. The first was based around a pencil sitting on my desk. I made up a company name which happens to be my father’s middle name along with the year he was born and then added a catchy sub-line. Then I spent a little while designing a few brand looks.
The others are from the book of Judges in the Bible. I chose four men, designed some images that represented their tales, and used things like chapter numbers and years they ruled as Judges. I then decided to clean up those designs a bit.
A friend of mine had somehow become the caretaker of a honey bee hive. That venture unfortunately was short lived for him, but it gave me great subject matter to develop some designs for him, YAY!
Here you can see a number of sketches and a few finished versions. My first attempt was just a bee drawing and then I thought, some sucker needs to ride that beast of a bee and wrangle it! Thus “The Honey Bee Wrangler” was born.
In case you’re interested, my friend is a great seasoned designer and photographer himself and if you get a chance, go check out his work at The Matt Novak
I love developing and hand making self promotion items. I could spend the money having them printed and bound and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I like it when an artist gives his or her personal touch to promo pieces.
Case in point, this hand made small booklet featuring some of my hand lettering & design. Below are a few sample spreads and a poster idea I had. I will be making this as a pdf download in case anyone would like to have it. I’m also hoping to make a a short run of them for those that might actually want a hard copy of it. Stay tuned.
A labor of love. The book of James in the Bible is perhaps one my favorite books. It speaks of practical hard hitting truths for the reader giving him insight into how God would have him conduct his life ultimately becoming for like Jesus.
I decided a while ago to create a type treatment for each verse in order to help me practice my hand lettering. Not an easy task considering there are 108 verses, but I guess it could be worse, I could have chosen the gospel of Luke which has well over 1000 verses.
Below are a few samples of my early attempts.
The handmade patch. Raw and wonderful. As a kid, I used to love getting patches on family trips and ask my mother to sew them on my favorite jacket so I could show them off. Not sure why, but I decided to design and hand paint a few patches of my own. I must say, it’s therapeutic.
Below you can see some I’ve recently done in various stages. All are Acrylic on canvas, with hand stitching.