These monsters looked hungry for some cereal, so I made them breakfast cereal mascots.
I got nothing.
It happens every now and again. You feel it starting to take hold. You try to resist but once it sets in, it leaves you with nothing.
I started this blog not only to inspire others but to keep me creatively sharp. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted and that can only mean one thing. I am suffering from creative block. Apparently there is no known cure. It’s one of those “ride-it-out” things.
I haven’t posted a Free Inspiration in almost 3 months. Honestly, I haven’t been inspired by the free photos that Shutterstock has been giving away. It’s not their fault.
A trickle of creativity hit me last week with this free photo.
I felt it was unworthy of its own post, but it made me laugh.
I can not stand this client. He know’s exactly what he wants but can’t put it on paper. He is demanding, impatient and belittling when it comes to my work. Did I mention he is also me.
I’ve always believed that the hardest client to please is yourself. I mean, I couldn’t even design my wedding invitations that my wife asked me to do. I was lucky that one of my designer friends was more than happy to do them for us.
Sitting down to design something for myself includes: procrastination, tons of revisions, beating myself up because, “it’s not good enough,” and eventually compromising by creating what I think is mediocre work.
I know the reason I do this is because when I design something for myself it will represent me. It’s just like when you want to look your best when you go out. I think this is a never-ending battle and it just comes with the territory of being an artist.
In all the years I’ve been doing graphic design I can only think of two projects that I designed to promote myself (with the exception of this blog heading). That’s right, two. These are just the finished projects. There are several more that I deemed to horrible to be viewed by the human eye.
Final thought: designing for yourself is torture.
I got the chance to design a shirt for the 3rd annual Amigo’s Car Show. A quick google search will show several shirts featuring flames, metallic letters and multi-colored cars. Thats not exactly my style and I tried to get away from that.
The challenge what to design the shirt using only one color. So I went retro and tried to rise above all of the auto show design chaos.
Here is your Free Inspiration of the week. My company has been working on the yearly Amarillo Symphony program so it was hard to get music and notes out of my head. Hope you enjoy!