Spot Illustration for an Article About Wildfires

August 18, 2014

medium: handmade stamps, pencil, pen & ink

Had a blast making this spot illustration for an article on wildfires and their benefits.

The article talks about how a guy hiked through an area where wildfires scorched the earth, but flowers had started growing in the dead brush. Lovely article about nature being renewed.

Creative Leak: Embracing the Adventure Ahead

August 12, 2014

Road to Nohere by Martin

As I turn a corner for a new adventure in my artist career. It's overwhelming and exciting to think what will happen.

As you might have noticed in the last couple months the website navigation has changed a bit. There is now a "giving" tab where I explain that 10% of my profits are given away to people, as well as, a "work with me" tab. It's been a crazy last couple months as I re-write my business to be a for-profit non-profit. Everything is still under construction, but I am overwhelmed by support.

So I thought I would talk about my struggle to overcome what I really want to do compare to where I am. It's been hard and a huge huge en-devour to set out on my own dream. At first, I thought I had to be something I wasn't to be successful as an artist. But after coming face to face with a disease that could cut my life short, I had to stop and ask myself:

If I had the choice, would this be what I want right here right now?

Very odd question, but if it all ended would I be happy with my life. And that is how my new adventure began as I change my business and career to be what I want it to be. The more I find myself coming up with crazy things I want to do and so can you!

embrace your crazy dreams I have crazy dreams all the time. And yet I never write them down or try to figure out how I can make them possible. Your dream might be owning a business or maybe it's you want more time to do what you love. Embrace it.

spend 10 minutes a day Take 10 minutes a day to work towards your dream. Clear a time to sit down, maybe when the kids go to sleep or first thing in the morning. It helps a lot and sooner or later you'll crave more time.

talk about it to everyone One of the hardest things to do is just talk about your big dream. Don't be afraid of people trying to copy you, they most likely don't have the time to try it. Just talk, the more you talk the more ideas will come and form into something that makes sense.

be alright with being different As you embrace your dreams you'll began to feel different and people will began to see you differently. It's ok it's normal. It's a vast struggle to get over.

What are your dreams? What do you want to do with your life? What is holding you back? As I start my journey to try to mold my dream into something. I hope you will start your journey too.

Inspired By: Handmade Leather by Sara Barner

August 7, 2014

I first discovered Sara Barner's handmade bag through a friend of mine. I was looking for a modern looking bag that was cute and simple. My friend e-mailed me a couple links and the top bag caught my eye.

Sadly, it was out of my price range so I complete forgot about the bag. Until it came up on my pinterest feed a couple days ago! I am so excited I ran across it again.

Moodboard: Dancing Through the Grass

August 6, 2014

A moodboard for my current client who wanted something colorful and green. He made some personal notes about the project that has made me super excited.

I am still trying to get use to using the questionnaire I make my clients fill out. I sometimes forget to give it to them and I have to later backtrack. I am starting to see some questions that need to be changed or re-worked to make sense. But I am really enjoying this hands on learning of running your own business.

Back on Schedule

August 4, 2014

After a long break of a couple weeks, I'll be updating the blog regularly. I am super excited. I have a ton of projects and ideas to show you guys. Also you'll be seeing my work regularly as I move forward. It's a bit new to me to show off my work, but I'll try. I look forward to posting again.

By the way I love this picture, it's from Amy Merrick's Blog.