25 8 / 2014
Does anyone know of companies that hire/are hiring textile/surface designers?
24 8 / 2014
So one of the things that I’m always saying to people on this blog is to write, write, and write some more. Getting thoughts organized and down on paper helps articulate your understanding of your own practice, and also preserves it for a later date. I don’t offer a lot of writing specifics because I think everyone has their own way of approaching things, but here’s one format that I’ve picked up:
John’s posts are always insightful and inspiring! I can honestly say that I picked up the practice of writing from an incredibly inspirational post that he made a while back about what to do when you’re stuck (can’t find the link, will look later). Basically I think he just talked about how you should just start out with a stream of consciousness flow of writing and go from there.
Taking this advice to heart has really helped me grow in times my are wheels spinning - not only does it help me avoid getting stuck in a rut, but helps me make something useful of a potentially gridlocking and definitely frustrating situation. Even if I don’t know what to write, (and this usually happens, because when I get stuck I get stuck HARD), I just start with something as simple as “what do I write?” and I try to answer that question. Maybe with one word answers or with more questions. But what always starts out as the worst read ever turns into, well, not exactly novel quality, but a very useful 3-4 pages of self-exploration which usually evolves into lists, which make their way into to-do’s, which make their way into sketches, which turn into illustrations or patterns or just brain junk in a sketchbook that I can save for later.
Basically, the idea is that great illustration comes from great ideas and concepts and that the best way to find those is to write. And when faced with a blank page, fill it with words. And then the words will help you fill the blank canvas with images.
Moral of the story: this guy has great advice and is a great illustrator to boot, so hit that follow button.