INCH x INCH Button Pack

My button pack for INCH x INCH is now available. They raise money for good causes and I consider this a design for good project and was happy to create this set of three buttons.

Techy, Crafty, and Wisely

Techy, Crafty, and Wisely

You can purchase this button pack and support a good cause here.

My Mom Regrets Following You

One of my first design jobs after art school was working at a company called Sun Sportswear in Seattle. We created entire apparel lines for Target, Walmart, Nordstroms, Kmart, Bon Marche, etc.

I was the ninth artist hired for their in-house art department. As the company continued to grow, I started recommending fellow artists I had gone to school with and over a three year period seven of my creative friends were working with me on a daily basis.

To this day it remains one of the funniest times in my career. Lots of goofing around, and laughs. I still keep in touch with most of them to this day and a week or so ago three of us managed to get together and have dinner. We reminisced about our Sun days and caught up on what each of us is doing now. 

From Left: John Anderle, John Nissen and myself.

From Left: John Anderle, John Nissen and myself.

John Nissen is one of my closest friends, and we were each other's best man at our weddings. And John Anderle and his wife sang at my wedding. I know the Nissen family very well, and in the midst of dinner I remembered something and told John:

"Hey, I noticed your mom started following me on Instagram. So I followed her back."

John started to smirk, and I said furrowing my brow "What?"

"Yeah, I forgot to tell you that my mom said she regrets following you." He said as he started to chuckle.

"Why? What did I do?"

"She said she was disappointed in one of your drawings. It was flipping the bird."

"Seriously? That's it?" Then I started to laugh as I looked the image up on my iPhone and showed everyone.

'The Bird' loathed by my best friends mom.

'The Bird' loathed by my best friends mom.

I said "Well now I feel bad. Not really." and we laughed some more.

Before we left that night we took a group photo, as shown above, then I suggested we take another one for Johns mom, as shown below. LOL

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Just kidding. We'd never do that to Mrs. Nissen even though she's probably blocked me too?

Seriously though Mrs. Nissen, if you read this I meant no offense. I was just illustrating a pun. I don't even think an eagle could do that with their wing? If they didn't like something, they'd probably just fly over it and crap on it instead.

I tell you what, if you suggest a topic I'll draw it for you and post that on my Instagram page.

Mole Mode

Digital noise
Working and living a digital lifestyle has many benefits, but it also has its risks as well. It's way too easy through our willing acceptance of prevailing trends, and new technology to let the noise of it all permeate our workflow to such a degree that it leaves the realm of an asset, and quickly becomes debilitating to our productivity and ability to properly focus.

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When this happens, I go into what I call 'Mole Mode.'

Creative Focus
An essential for any artist is the ability to focus our creative energy and get work done efficiently. It is hard enough to do in the context of real-world deadlines and demanding clients, but when you compound it with the onslaught of digital noise from a multitude of sources vying for our immediate attention, it can be downright unbearable at times.

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Other than the metaphoric name I've given it, my method for time management isn't anything distinctly unique. I call it Mole Mode because a mole digs deep and buries himself in his work. A mole is fully immersed in their task of digging through the dirt looking for tasty insects and roots to consume.

BTW, the latin in the logo above 'Cavo Profundus' means to dig deep.

Mole Mode Methods:

- Shut Down Email
- Turn Off Cell Phone
- Unplug Land Lines
- Logout of Twitter
- Logout of Facebook
- Close My Studio Door
- Put on Noise Canceling Headphones
- Listen to Music or an Audio Book
- Do the Full-Tilt Creative Boogie

(If you're self-employed you may have other noise creators I didn't list like a TV for example.)

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Dig Deep
Don't get me wrong, I love technology, and I thoroughly enjoy social media. That said it's vital for me to have a strategy in place so when I start to feel that level of noise reach a crescendo, and I begin to be pulled in multiple directions not being able to adequately focus on my task at hand I can appropriately deal with it and implement Mole Mode.

When I'm in Mole Mode, I dig deep and avoid the noise. Doing this allows me to optimize my productivity and gets me into that creative zone that facilitates ideation. This, of course, is far more important when I have project requirements that demand focused attention free from distraction, so I've made it an essential part of my workflow.

I encourage you to know your limits, have a plan of action figured out ahead of time, and when necessary embrace Mole Mode! Download the official Mole Mode print so you can let others know when you dig deep.

So the next time you see my post on Twitter that I'm in Mole Mode, you'll know what I mean.

Inktober

Each year in October an annual creative event takes place called Inktober. Artist from across multiple industries grab a pen and start drawing on a daily basis. If you follow the hashtag #inktober or specifically #inktober2017, you can see what everyone is creating.

Riled Rover, Beast, Bonehead, and Slither

Riled Rover, Beast, Bonehead, and Slither

This year I decided to commit to drawing at least one piece of art each day of the month. But based on my pencil sketches so far I’ll end up doing more. The above sampling shows four drawings I’ve done.

Since I posted all of my drawings primarily on my Instagram account, I kept the proportion squarish.

Update: Now that Inktober is officially over you can view all of them on our site here.

Creatively Commenting

When I post on social media I, of course, like to share visuals of my work, but I also look at it as an opportunity to do some creative writing as well. For example, I recently saw a poorly handled brand logo within a post from an account that really should know better. I could have just ignored it and moved along, but I view these social interludes as an opportunity to engage an audience regarding the importance of design in all it's various forms.

Creatively commenting on a Sharks post.

Creatively commenting on a Sharks post.

After commenting on the Sharks post, I received a notification of someone liking my comment and posting their own. So I revised the thread and was reading through it and discovered the above comment that took my information and re-worded a few things and posted it as their own. 

I've never run into this type of comment plagiarism before? I find it odd that someone would do this within the same thread of comments as mine? I'm going to call it as I see it, joke stealing.

But my offer to Robert Herjavec stands, I'd love to show him how this could be improved upon.

AdobeLive

On October 26th I'm doing a live broadcast with AdobeLive. I'll be showcasing some digital inking in illustrator with a Wacom Cintiq Pro and will be fielding questions posed by the audience and the host.

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Here is a sneak peek at what I'll be doing.

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Once I have the exact time and URL I'll share it on Facebag and Twitter.

Savannah's Personal Artwork

Savannah is my daughter and creative collaborator here at Glitschka Studios. She loves to create and her illustrations are based on a variety of manga and anime inspired styles, as well as her own personal style which she has been developing for an online comic she will be producing.

Below are several examples of her work.

Twitter Avatar Commission.

Twitter Avatar Commission.

Angelic Forest Mascot

Angelic Forest Mascot

Final Fantasy Character

Final Fantasy Character

Sakuracon Mascot Design

Sakuracon Mascot Design

If you have a project needing this type of styling let us know. And be sure to follow Savannah's twitter feed here.

ADOBE MAX

The mad scientist of creativity and the creative director of Adobe Russell Brown has invited me to speak at his Adobe MAX pre-conference workshop. It's an intense 3-Day creative adventure full of amazing artists, speakers, and vendors on site allowing you to produce actual products you're creating in the workshop.

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Here is a sneak peek of my artwork which I'll take the class through from concept to final art. After MAX I'll be releasing it publicly through People Love Process.

Can't wait for this event and the conference. Adobe does an outstanding job creating an inspiring environment with engaging speakers and this year it's taking place in Las Vegas so that will only compound the creative impact.

Update: Now that MAX is over I have posted this project on our site here.

Monster Drawing Workshop

I'll be putting on another 'Monster Drawing Workshop' in Portland, Oregon at the 'Devsigner Conference'. This is a localized version of my Lynda.com course of the same name. It's a two hour creative exercise anyone can do and it's a lot of fun seeing what people come up with.

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Whether you're a CEO, marketing director, custodial artist, or a secretary this creative paper craft workshop is something anyone can do. So embrace your inner creative monster and give it a try. 

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Contact me if you'd like to host one for you local creative group or in-house team. It's a great way to pursue creativity and support team building. Contact me above for more information.

People Love Process

Our new creative venture 'People Love Process' is now live. The site is focused on demystifying the creative process and showcasing how artists and designers go about creating their work.

We'll continue to add more original content from a diverse range of creatives moving forward, and the site is accessible to anyone and is subscription-free.

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Inspiration and creativity shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg so we've priced our content so that anyone can get access to HD videos, source files and other content like textures and brushes for one flat rate fee that is as we say less than a latte.

We invite you to step inside the studios of working creative professionals as they pull back the veil and show you how they create their design and artwork.

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Just visit www.pplluv.com and use this code 'FRIENDSOFPPLLUV' when you purchase any of our content and receive a discount. People love process and we think you'll love it too.