Saturday, February 21, 2009

Inspiration: Embroidery

I saw these while cruising etsy today. Embroidery + Paper = Love. Great work from King Popcorn.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hello hello helloo

I've been incredibly busy as well as incredibly lazy this past week. I've mostly been working on freelance graphic design work as well as new items for my etsy shop and haven't had a moment's peace! So here are some of the new items for the shop!

Rainbow Brooch
Rainbow Brooch!

Smiling Strawberry Brooch
Strawberry Brooch!

Slap Happy Birthday Printable Collage Set
Printable Birthday-Themed Collage Set!

Printable Funky Octopus Stationery
Printable Octopus Stationery Set!

Printable Yoyo Stationery
Printable Yoyo Stationery Set!

I'm introducing brooches to the collection! They're so much fun to make! I've been pinning all sorts of things on myself. :P I'm also working on something I call Felt Art Patches... but more on that next week!

Besides working on some new projects for the etsy shop and my design clients, I've also recently signed a contract with Juna Studio. I'll be designing all sorts of pattern designs and graphics to be sold to retail markets and buyers. I hope it works out well. I'll be busting my ass around here trying to submit enough designs every month. Wish me luck! 

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Awkward young designer...

Today is my 23rd birthday. I remember when turning 20 was a big deal and both my dorm-mate and I felt like things were gonna change dramatically between being a teenager to being a 20-something. Whether or not I feel dramatically different... I don't know. I think being an early 20-something in this day and age is really quite similar to being a teenybopper. You're still confused as hell. You're still running around wondering what you should be doing.

If I was born a few generations back, I would most likely have some kind of stable career choice in mind or at least working full-time by my age. I might even be married and already have a baby on my arm. Adulthood came fast for my parents' generation, but it doesn't seem the same for my generation. That period of feeling unsettled, unsure, and (for my current situation) unemployed seems to drone on...

I'm not very happy about my birthday actually. Because it only reminds me that another year has passed and I still haven't felt like I've grown up into adulthood. I still live with my parents. I can barely drive on my own (I'm a terrible driver). I still don't have a real job nor do I even know how to properly search for one. And for the most part, people take care of me. I'm still baby Van.

This has caused me quite a bit of stress after I graduated college in the summer of 2008. Its usually expected that I run out of the classroom and straight into the office. Straight into my line of work where I get a nice cushy salary and health insurance. Where I can finally watch all my time spent getting my degree actually pay off. I guess its these expectations that are really bogging me down more than anything. Do I want a job like that? Do I have to be like everybody else in my graduating class who ran out for internships and open slots at fancy design studios? I'm just intimidated by all of that.

Don't get me wrong. I like my degree in Graphic Design, but the thought of spending every day in the office staring at computer screens moving pixels around... it kind of bothers me. I guess I've been sort of hesitant about jumping into the workforce because I'm afraid I'll get sucked into that 9-5 soul-sucking kind of job. I dunno. I think I'm just at a stand-still right now. I really don't know which direction to move forward that will make me happy.

On the bright side, I do like my etsy shop, and I do like the freelance gigs that I've been doing to keep myself afloat these past months. I've even been given an opportunity to be a freelance illustrator for a NYC-based print studio just a few days ago. So... I know that my talent is being wasted. I know that I like being creative and I love to make things. So I wonder if this would be the right career path for me. Somebody self-employed. Would it be successful? Could I live off of what I make on my own? The prospect at least seems exciting to me, but I do have my never-ending string of doubts about self-employment and failure. I just wish I had a cohesive plan.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Milk Dud

Milk Dud

You can find my older webcomics here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Rain rain go away...

I saw this in an etsy listing. I wish I could find the original link. I thought it was just too darn cool not to share with others. I wish I had a tree like this infront of my house. :P

Monday, February 2, 2009

Love is in the air...

Its finally February! The month of my birthday. The second month of the year. Hopefully it will be a good month! 

Today I worked on some more Valentines stuff for my etsy. It feels like this past month has been nothing but Valentines stuff, so hopefully after this holiday I can move on with other less thematic stuff. Hahaha. I'm not all hearts and roses all the time. :P Anyway, I designed some printable collage images today. Great for decorating those Valentines day cards and envelopes, letters, and scrapbooking. :) They should be on my etsy by tomorrow.