I went ahead and gave my typography section on the site a bit of a revamp, taking some older pieces out and adding some new ones. This section is filled with pieces that are approved logos and symbols, unused concepts, or parts of merchandise designs, just simplified for the typography portion. I'm looking to create some more custom or modified type in the future (if it fits the project) so that this area can be expanded on. Check out some of my favorites below and the entire collection here.
I have only been freelancing for the past few years, but I am starting to see the pattern during certain months of the year. Working mostly with merchandise projects for the music industry, it seems to slow down a lot directly after Thanksgiving, and moving into mid January. Already this is seeming to be true again, so this will be the time for me to unwind and lose this burnt out feeling, as the months before have been incredibly busy, both with work and my personal life. I'll still be taking work regularly as it comes in, but if the pattern holds up true, there won't be too much. Therefore, I'm going to be shifting my focus onto recharging as well as other projects that aren't client based.
One of the aspects of a design business that I haven't really pulled the trigger on yet is setting up passive income and doing other streams of income outside of client work. Some ideas that I have been tossing around are an online resource store for other designers, a brand based on my Nightwatch art series, and a typography book for my Inverted Typography series (which I'll be making another post about probably later this week).
This time of the year will be optimal for sitting down and really planning these out, so that I can begin thinking about releases over 2018. All of these ideas are subject to change though, but I know I want to do some form of them in one way or another. I have already written down a list of items for a resource store, things such as old book cover textures, glitch textures, acid wash / speciality garment mockups, various hand poses, etc. Additionally, I snagged a couple new skulls from Halloween sales that I want to turn into photo sets.
I'll keep this blog and design groups updated with anything new regarding these ideas as time goes on. Looking at my schedule, I fully believe I can make at least one resource this week and have available as well.
As a designer, texturing is one of my favorite parts when it comes to finishing a graphic. Some use one flat texture over the entire thing, whereas others have several brushes involved. This almost becomes art by itself, trying to create the correct vibe needed for the project by taking parts of the graphic away, adding some back, and repeating. This almost feels painterly at times. We can't spend too long here in our design process though, as these graphics need to get out the door, but it is cool to see what can be achieved.
Below, I wanted to showcase some of my past approved graphics with a before and after texture process. It's interesting to see how turning off one layer mask can change the entire dynamic of a design. Some of these are more subtle, others destructive, and some using several textures to create one final image.
I have been freelancing for three years now, and one of the biggest aspects that I have completely put aside was my health. Beforehand, I was working full time at CVS, either working a register and running around doing projects near the front of the store, or working full shifts of putting up stock from trucks. In short, I was moving around a lot and not so much sitting in one spot for hours and hours at a time. As a result, I have really let my health get away from me, and this week was a big reality check.
The nature of this business is generally quick turnaround times and inconsistent work. Sometimes, there is not a lot booked. Other times, I am working 16+ hour days for a week straight. Last week, was one of those weeks. I recall working a full day, just to go to sleep at 9. Back up at midnight, and working straight until 8am to meet a morning deadline. I tend to go the extra mile for my clients and meet every deadline possible, but I don't factor in my own health at times. Throw in some quick fast food, and you can assume the rest. That following night was not a solid one but I had to wake up the next morning to tackle the next set of projects and revisions.
I think I just wrote this off as 'one bad week' and I'll get over it, but the continued strain of my wrist from working all weekend came full force and this is where I really thought about this. My wrist has been a bit sore the past few weeks, but I didn't think anything of it. Recently though, this pain began to spread up into my thumb and all the way back into my elbow. My only assumption is that this is caused by the continued use of my computer for way longer than I should, but we'll find out when my doctors appointment comes around in a couple months. This really hit me hard though. I need to find the balance between meeting all my client's needs, but giving myself plenty of time to recharge, eat real meals, and exercise.
Freelancing is one of the best decisions I could have ever made, but it comes with it's own set of difficulties. If I am going to do this for the long haul, which I plan on doing, I need to reevaluate my current situation. I have to uphold my health so that I can make this career last and take care of my family.
Recently, I had worked on a large batch of P!ATD merch. While a lot of the other designs are still pending, one got picked up for Hot Topic (seen below).
A lot of my other submissions were a bit more detailed either as a design overall or with more garment hits (sleeves, all over prints, etc). For at least one, I wanted to take a more simple approach, focusing on the band's symbol with some additional elements. I added the inverted bars to make the overall imagery a bit more interesting and then the typography placement just seemed to make sense after that.