I effing hate purses. I like the concept of a bag that has all the things you need in it at any point in time, but purses never appealed to me. I like backpacks and messenger bags (read all about that insanity when I wrote about my Pilot) and pockets, but unfortunately clothing manufacturers and fashionistas still can’t seem to grasp that there are women who would rather put all their stuff on their person than in a clutch. Especially one that looks like it came directly out of a bubblegum factory.
So for my birthday recently I received a Tom Bihn bag, a Pilot. And I love it. I was never a “bag” person; I mean, I always had one and I always had stuff in it, but was more about convenience than it was about fashion or utility. I had shit to carry, I needed something to carry it it. My bags could have been grocery bags and it didn’t matter.
Until it did.
So for my birthday recently I got a Tom Bihn bag, a Pilot. I’m going to write a longer post about it and other Tom Bihn purchases later, but the last time I ordered from them I requested a sketch of something and promised that I would draw them something back. They drew me a sweet fucking T-rex with a wizard hat, which was hard to beat, I admit. The husband has been playing a lot of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and watching just how much shit is in your inventory, it occurred to me that Link could only carry one brand of bag. Then the rest of the sketch was easy.
When I saw the Stranger Things season 2 trailer with the boys wearing Ghostbusters costumes, I knew I had to make it into an illustration. It was a bit harder than I imagined, and honestly there are still things I want to tweak on it, but I think it’s good enough for now. I’m really pleased with the colors and the shadow (the new perspective tool in Illustrator CC is…different).
This is also posted over on my freelance design site.
Playing around with color palettes and lighting different scenes. I really like the sky of the day version, even though none of those colors are among my favorites in real life. Something about the gradient really screams sunrise to me though.
North of Springfield, Missouri (in the SW of the state) is The Albino Farm. Some say that the farm was actually a group home for albinos and other social “outcasts”, others say it was a hospital for the same, while still others say there was an albino caretaker who used to threaten trespassers with a shotgun. The version of the story that I enjoy the most was told to me by old friends. I’m no storyteller, but here goes!
I’m putting the final touches on my freelance website. Design-wise, it’s simple, and it will definitely change over time (and much more quickly at least in the first year or so), and content-wise it’s a duplicate of my many portfolios around the web, but hopefully will serve as a single repository for my best work that should land me more work.
Speaking of work, if you or anyone you know is in need of a small website or in website design, or if you need a front-end designer on a contractual basis, get in touch with me! When working freelance, I specialize in small businesses (typically agricultural) and brochure websites, also known as informational websites, landing pages, or one-page websites. Looking forward to hearing from you!
I’ve been trying to network more, because I dislike doing so. Part of it is a dislike of socialization, especially pointless or random socialization, and part of it is a genuine anxiety that I’ll be judged harshly by my peers. Of course, everyone has this problem, but it seems like a worse problem for some than others, or some are just better at pushing past it.
Part of it stems from the fact that I’m not very conventional: I have blue hair, I have an usual name, I curse like a sailor, and I don’t really pull punches. I’m brutally honest nearly all the time (something I’ve had to work on since having a kid), and I often say that life is too short to beat around the bushes. That being said, I’m not going to try to hurt people’s feelings on purpose, but if someone asks me my opinion I’ll be honest, often regardless of the consequences. Freedom self-imposed, if you will.
Cat head in a jar illustration I did. I dunno why. I just like drawing weird shit.