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.

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.”

12.27.14 Inspired by a tutorial © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.27.14 Inspired by a tutorial
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

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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.

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.”

12.25.14 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.

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.”

12.02.14 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