Living the Creative Life #1

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It’s been a big week at Raye Allison Creations. I worked up the courage a couple weeks ago to set a deadline and I officially launched this blog on Monday. It’s been a week of learning as I figure out what all has to be done for each post and then how to get all of that stuff done. However, I have arrived on the other side of pushing that “launch” button and am excited to see where this path takes me. And on that excited note...Happy Friday! It’s almost the weekend. As the post title said, this is the first in a post series called Living the Creative Life. Starting today, I will be doing posts every Friday that will update you on not only my creative life, but also the design world in general. I will talk about some of my favorite things from the week and some inspiring articles and news from the world of design. So grab a snack and enjoy living the creative life.

 

As the post title said, this is the first in a post series called Living the Creative Life. Starting today, I will be doing posts every Friday that will update you on not only my creative life, but also the design world in general. I will talk about some of my favorite things from the week and some inspiring articles and news from the world of design. So grab a snack and enjoy living the creative life.

 

This week on the blog I talked about how to get started on a design career path. If you haven’t read the post yet, you can check it out here. I hope it was helpful and inspired you. (If it did, you can subscribe to get my newsletter and an awesome infographic design career guide + inspirational printable freebie to go along with it!)

 

Drawing is an important skill for all designers to be working on so try out these drawing exercises to up your drawing skills.

 

Looking back to when I first started designing, if there was a single thing I could go back and tell myself, that would be to train my design eye, my ability to critique and identify good design.” -Developing your eye for design, Jonathan Z. White

 

Remember the scientific method from school science fairs? It isn’t just for science anymore. Designers can follow the method for design projects too.

 

Speaking of methods...I love seeing the design process of other artists and designers. I also love Adobe products. So when I saw this series about Artist Brian Yap and how he uses the different apps Adobe has to create some beautiful illustrations, I had to share. (part 1 & part 2)

 

It’s hard sometimes to figure out what the core of what you want to do is. To help you out, check out Braid Creative’s post about narrowing down what your dream life looks like. And then follow it with Think Creative Collective’s post on building your dream business.

 

I love to read--I am currently reading The Martian by Andy Weir--and I would love to sit and read on this adorable book couch.

 

I don’t have many game apps on my phone, but there are two that I am always going back to playing: Two Dots and Blendoku. Two Dots is beautifully designed with some great illustrations and great background music (which you apparently can buy on iTunes!) plus it is fun to play. Blendoku satisfies my love for color since it is Sudoku, but instead of getting the right numbers in the right place, it is putting the right colors in the right order based on the color wheel. A design nerd’s dream…

 

And finally…

Pixar movies teach many lessons including the lesson that pursuing your dream can be a hard path but can lead you to some unexpected yet amazing places. Bloop Animation posted a great video about the two Pixar movies that taught him about being an artist.

Do you have some favorite things from the week? Let me know in the comments below!