Day 358: The numbers keep getting smaller

Wow…In just four more days, we’ll be at the very end of 2014 and this design challenge.

I can’t believe how fast this month is flying by!

It’s like someone hit the fast forward button because the days are flying by so fast they are running together.

Anyhow, with everything moving so fast, that means I only have a few more Thank You cards to design until this design challenge is over.

Woo Hoo!!!

I’m just ready for a much needed break and change of pace.

Okay, let’s move onto today’s Thank You card which is inspired by a tutorial.

I’ve been using Illustrator for years, and use it on a daily basis, so I’m pretty familiar with the software and it’s capabilities until I found a new tutorial for something that I’ve never done, wrap text in a shape. Now, I can put text in a shape, but I’ve never needed to know how to wrap the text in a shape for a client’s project. However, I found a tutorial on it, so I decided to put it to the test.

Let me know what you think.

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“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

12.27.14 Inspired by a tutorial © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.27.14 Inspired by a tutorial
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 356: Find peace and strength in others

Today is Christmas, and since I don’t celebrate the holiday (I never have or never will) I spent part of my day at the movies.

Up first on my list was Night at the Museum because I had already seen the first two when they were released in theaters.

I like the movie, and it gave me some laughs to put me in a good mood. However, I prefer the original one the best.

Afterwards, I saw a second movie, Big Eyes staring Amy Adams who portrayed artist Margaret Keane, most known for her work in depicting children with big eyes. The movie was inspired by true events in Keane’s career as an artist when her second husband, Walter Keane, claimed to be an artist and took credit for her artwork for 10 years.

It was a powerful and beautiful movie.

I connected with Keane because I am an artist, and I know how hard it is to make a career out of painting and have your work not only recognized and see by people, but also buy it. People have seen my artwork online, and in various shows in Los Angeles and the Northern Kentucky markets. I have sold a few pieces and was even commissioned to paint two images. Unfortunately, my career as an artist is not an easy one because I haven’t been able to live off what I earn, so graphic and website design is where I find a way to earn a living as well as working at the store.

It’s not an easy path to take to make it as an artist, but Keane’s fame to her work came with the lies her husband spewed when he claimed her artwork as his own. It was so heartbreaking to see someone else taking credit for art.

However, there is another reason why I connected with Keane, but I won’t reveal that right now because I don’t want to spoil the plot of the movie for you.

So, today’s Thank You card is inspired by Margaret Keane. This is my version of ‘big eyes’ created in Illustrator as opposed to canvas and acrylic paint.

Let me know what you think.

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Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

12.25.14 Inspired by Margaret Keane © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.25.14 Inspired by Margaret Keane
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 344: I’m running out of things to say

It’s very unusual, but I am running out of things to say for today’s post.

I am tired, I have to work later, and I’m ready for this year to be over with. Actually, I’m ready for winter to be over with and it hasn’t even started yet!

Okay, let’s just move onto today’s Thank You card which is inspired by Busk’s album cover. I have no idea what genre of music Busk is, nor did I look it online. I just like the fact that their album cover has big, bold colorful graphical shapes that created an interesting design. So, I recreated it into a Thank You card and put my own slight twist on it.

Here it is.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

12.13.14 Inspired by Busk's album cover © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.13.14 Inspired by Busk’s album cover
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 333: Keep moving forward as deadline appears

My deadline for this Thank You card design challenge is appearing to be a lot closer than it was yesterday, but I determined to keep moving forward until the very end.

I wish it was today because there are other creative projects I want to focus my attention on.

I’m addicted to knitting, and someone told she made an infinity scarf in an hour last night while watching T.V.. So, now I can’t wait to get paid again and drop some money at one of the three craft stores near my house to pick up more yarn, beads, and of course, ribbon so I can finish my necklaces.

Lately, I’ve been in a crafting kind of mood.

I still love graphic and website design, but I’m just ready to rotate my creative juices around so I can remain inspired for the next design project when it comes my way.

Anyhow, I do have a Thank You card finished for today and it’s inspired by an outfit, specifically a top and skirt. I loved the color palate and just turned the outfit into a card.

Here it is.

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Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

12.02.14 Inspired by an outfit © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.02.14 Inspired by an outfit
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 329: Black Friday kicked my butt

I am physically exhausted from Black Friday, and I didn’t even go shopping.

I went grocery shopping this morning, but that doesn’t count.

Today is the busiest shopping day of the year, and I had to work.

We weren’t as busy as I expected the store to be, but I think we’ll get a rush of shoppers over the weekend. However, I was busy and ended up getting off of work one hour later.

I left work physically tired. I have never felt that way before.

So before I crash on the couch in front of the T.V. because I am too tired to do anything else, I wanted to make sure that I created a Thank You card. It’s inspired by Black Friday.

Good Night.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

11.28.14 Inspired by Black Friday © 2014 Stacy Schilling

11.28.14 Inspired by Black Friday
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 323: Drained but still determined

I am so drained right now that I’m about to head to bed.

I woke up tired and had a headache all afternoon and evening, and I’ve taken aspirin to relieve it. However, it hasn’t helped.

Although I am drained, I am still determined to create a Thank You card which is inspired by a stop sign light.

I need sleep. Good Night.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

11.22.14 Inspired by a stop light sign © 2014 Stacy Schilling

11.22.14 Inspired by a stop light sign
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 307: The fog is gone and I’m back to normal

I woke up today feeling great!

No fog or tiredness, and I took advantage of all the energy I had and got so many things accomplished today! 🙂

I was planning to have a Thank You card created earlier today, but I got sidetracked with a couple of projects. So, I managed to finish it at the end of the day when I should be in bed right now because I am tired.

So here it goes. Today’s card is inspired by a WordPress website and it’s kind of plain and simple, but I think makes a statement.

Good Night.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

11.06.14 Inspired by a WordPress website © 2014 Stacy Schilling

11.06.14 Inspired by a WordPress website
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 297: The days are getting shorter

Today we had an Indian summer here all while the leaves were turning beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow and brown.

By the end of the week, the temperature around here will be half of what is was today, daylight savings gives us an extra hour of sleep but robs us of more sunshine, and I’ll be that much closer to finishing this design challenge.

I have exactly 65 days left! 🙂

It’s not that I haven’t had fun with this design challenge, but I’m ready to spend time doing something else. I’m just not sure what yet.

Anyhow, today’s card is inspired by another designer. The design reminded me of a mix between Pop Art and a newspaper printing.

Alright, I’m too tired to say anything else about my card so here it is.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

10.27.14 Inspired by another designer © 2014 Stacy Schilling

10.27.14 Inspired by another designer
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 294: Get outside and see the world

I did not, I repeat, I did not forgot to create a card yesterday.

After nine hours with no food in my body, I became pale, sick and gotten a horrible headache. When I finally had a chance to eat something, I did feel a little better, but my body had gotten so tired that I had to cancel my evening plans. I was in bed at 7:30 p.m., and way too tired to design a card.

I woke up feeling much better, and the headache was gone. So, today I spent some time outside and experienced the beautiful warm weather and saw the trees covered in leaves changing colors. There were lots of trees that still had green leaves on them, but many trees had leaves that turned shades of red, orange and yellow. You should have seen some of trees with yellow leaves. They were gorgeous! That’s probably the best part about fall I enjoy. After that, it’s all downhill.

So, I have two cards to share with you today. The first is from yesterday and it’s inspired by branding, and today’s card is an abstract inspired by fall.

I hope you like them.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

10.23.14 Inspired by branding © 2014 Stacy Schilling

10.23.14 Inspired by branding
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

10.24.14 Inspired by fall © 2014 Stacy Schilling

10.24.14 Inspired by fall
© 2014 Stacy Schilling