On Integrity in Creativity

As I expand and explore the creative world of art, illustration, and graphic design, I realize so much more the horrible cost a rip-off product or using uncredited inspiration or source material can have on its original creator. So many times, especially recently, huge corporations (ie. Zara, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Cody Foster to name a few) have come under fire for directly stealing the work of smaller, independent artists and designers, and selling them in mass amounts, making bank on someone else's idea.

Exploring 2017

Honestly, I can say I'm pretty psyched for 2017. I started off this year coming home to a new apartment in St. Louis that finally felt like home, beginning some incredibly interesting classes at school that are putting a huge spike in my creative juices, and gearing up for my last year of college. That's some pretty exciting stuff! I've decided to take all of this positive energy and make a list of all of the things I'm grateful for, excited for, and hoping to explore in the coming year.

In Search of Positive Vibes

We all know the feeling - everything is going great, fantastic, just how it should be, and then it just isn't. Now you're stuck in a rut and majorly in need of some uplifting words. The cold weather always gets me that way, some years worse than others. This year wasn't particularly tough, but I still felt the shift into positivity and energy once the 70-degree spring weather rolled around.

I know hearing what others do to fix this problem or that can often be helpful for me to figure out how to deal with challenges that I'm having, so I'd like to share with you this little collection of things that help me get out of the slump, or just generally perk me up.

European Countryside from the Rails

Upon finding my travel journal full of unpublished entries and remembering my heaps upon heaps of travel photos from some of my most favorite places I've ever been, I've decided to do something really absurd: talk about the traveling I did, using text I wrote as it was happening, over a year later. I wish so much that I'd kept up with posting these entries in-time with my study abroad experience, but I figure late is better than never! 

Finding my Design Flow

I'm slowly figuring out my rhythm for design. I'm always one of those people who spends endless amounts of hours planning and dreaming, but rushes the night before to pull what seems like a flowering forest of ideas in my head into reality. And it never quite turns out right.

To my surprise, I had a concept for this piece right away. I didn't force the process, like I usually do - I just let it come and go. In doing this, I was done days earlier than my deadline and had time to relax, do other work, and even sleep!

For years, Corina Nika has inspired me with her design work. I decided to take some inspiration from her (& others') scanography and put a slightly darker twist on it. I love the beautiful, experimental vibes from Corina's work, but I was feeling something a little more classic, more dark.