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.
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.
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
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.
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Last week my daughter and I decided to get breakfast before we attended our Adobe MAX sessions. As our breakfast came to an end, the waiter walked over and said: “The gentleman at the table behind you has taken care of your meal.” He then handed me the business card shown above.
Apparently, I had missed him while sitting at our table. (No surprise since I hadn’t had any coffee yet) But appreciated his note.
“You are keeping us on our toes! Thanks, Von!” - Anubhav
Anubhav was formerly the head of the Illustrator team, and many times over the years I've talked with him about problematic functionality. He now heads up their whole product line for design, layout, and publishing.
My beef with software is just that, with software. The people behind the products (Those I’ve met in person) have always been nice individuals, and Anubhav is one of them.
I expect pro-level behavior and performance from the tools I use, and you all know my love/hate relationship with Adobe Illustrato. I’m glad the ones who develop it don’t take it personally, it’s not I’m just very passionate about what I do and when software gets in the way I get very frustrated.
That said, I’m happy to say that after nearly five years the snapping bug in Illustrator has finally been fixed with the CC 2018 version released last Wednesday at Adobe MAX.
PS: The big issue now is stability. So hopefully CC 2018 will perform better than CC 2017? We’ll see.
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.
When this happens, I go into what I call 'Mole Mode.'
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a sneak peek at what I'll be doing.
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.
If you have a project needing this type of styling let us know. And be sure to follow Savannah's twitter feed here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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