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Weekday Warrior

June 21, 2017     Like This Post!

Weekday Warrior Illustration

This year, I’ve been trying to expand outside of my 9-6 job and do some freelance work/side project fun. One thing that is a “practice what you preach” for me involves sending out emails to people and/or companies and inquire about any sort of freelance or submissions. At the end of the day, what do you have to lose? It never hurts asking even if these people and companies aren’t looking for extra or outside help.

So I came across a “help wanted” Insta post for a pin company and I thought, “hey, yolo”. After some back and forth and some test designs, it ended up being a bust which is a bummer, but these things happen. Companies knows their aesthetic and what their customer wants. I guess I was right at the border but couldn’t fully cross over the line to what they were looking for.

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This Is Jamaica, Queens

April 29, 2017     Like This Post!

Back in December, I was commissioned to do artwork for a local magazine called Edible Queens for their Winter 2017 issue.

My artwork was featured on this piece called “This Is My Queens” which was written about Melinda Katz. She’s currently the Queens Borough President, and is working hard to fix up Jamaica, Queens. She grew up in Jamaica and knows of the potential it has to become a great neighborhood. The piece was written about her experience and thoughts about Jamaica.

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Rain Gear Set

April 6, 2017     Like This Post!

I’ve been quite a busy bee and I’m happy I finally get to share projects I’ve been working on. I don’t talk about my 9-5 life too much. I like to keep work thoughts at work and I stop thinking about work as soon as I leave the building.

But, when exciting things happen then I’m cool to talk about it. I work for a small shoe company. We make affordable footwear, mostly in kid sizes appealing to lower income families and parents who need something cheap since they watch their children grow out of their shoes in the blink of an eye. For now, I’m the only designer which has plenty of tough and busy moments, but is also rewarding when I see some of our products in stores.

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Illustrated Women In History

April 4, 2017     Like This Post!

I’ve been busy the past few months working on a bunch of stuff on the ~dl~. At the same time I’ve been getting reacquainted with drawing and illustrating. I went to school for illustration, so I feel a little shameful when I say I’m a bit rusty. I’ve been loaded with personal crafty and sewing projects that it felt weird focusing on drawing everyday.

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Riso Printing Crash Course Attendee

February 17, 2017     Like This Post!

Last weekend, I took a crash course in riso printing. I like taking the occasional class, be it a crash course, or semester-long class. Besides learning something new, it gives me something to do and something to look forward to after a long day at work. Trying something new was also a goal for this year, so I’m feeling pretty accomplished so far.

There’s this local studio, actually a few blocks away from my job that offers classes and a membership in which you can use their facilities. My plan was to take the risograph class and hopefully after feeling comfortable enough to use it, I’d sign up for a membership.

So the risograph is a Japanese duplicator machine. It’s kinda living in the underground right now because there’s not much information about it out there. It’s intended for just making copies, not making art. But there’s something about it that gives artist a creative freedom to print in bulk. It’s not like your standard copy machine where it prints colors all at once. You have to manually take out the one ink drum and put in another one. It mimics a lot of qualities of screenprinting but it’s strictly for paper. You kinda should make sure you’re educated in the color wheel before taking on riso, especially when colors overlap. It’s pretty darn cool in that sense.

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Redbubble Update

January 24, 2016     Like This Post!

I feel that these days have been more about me sharing and keeping everyone updated with my shops. But truth is, that’s all I work on when I get home from my job, so that’s become my main topic of conversation on here. I spend my weekends weaving which eats up so much of my time that I find I never get around to working on any other fun craft side projects. I have so many things in mind but I just haven’t started them yet. I also realize a lot of my last few posts are me saying this same thing over and over, but I do feel guilty not doing anything else. I know I shouldn’t feel guilty for not having time and energy at the end of a long day to work on crafts and post about them, but I do. I started this blog in the middle of my unemployment period, and I was able to focus on this blog so much when I was unemployed. Even though I didn’t talk about it, I job searched till no end, and I knew that this would eventually happen – lack of time and blog devotion after I found a job. It disappoints me, but my priorities have always been full time employment. I’m appreciative of the free time I had to work on so many fun crafty projects, and I do miss it. I keep telling myself, a new year is here. Go big or go home. But like everyone else in the world, I have my good energetic motivated days, and I have my bad lazy days.

But I originally had the intention to talk about something else today, so I’ll end my rant and go off in in the direction I intended to talk about.

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Arte De Los Muertos

November 1, 2015     Like This Post!

Day Of The Dead is here! I’ve always had an appreciation for this Mexican holiday, but what really drew me in was the traditional Mexican folk art and decorative sugar skulls.

I made this postcard design about four years ago for a school assignment. Around this time Mexican folk art really influenced the kind of work I did while I was in school, and continues to influence me today with personal projects that I take on. The colors and designs really fit my aesthetic, and that’s one big reason why I appreciate the visuals of Dia De Los Muertos. The colors, shapes, curlicues, and flowers are combined and executed in ways that are just so appealing.

So let’s use today to remember and honor those whom are no longer with us. Go paint your faces, visit your departed, bring them some marigolds, and don’t forget to turn back your clocks!

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