It can be a little overwhelming at times, but don't get me wrong, I love what I do for a living. It really is a privilege to design and illustrate for others. They're placing their trust in you to tell their story. But today (11.11.10) I woke up to some great news. Sneh Roy, co-founder of LBOI (Little Box of Ideas), a design studio in beautiful Sydney, Australia held a giveaway where the winner would become the recipient of a hard-to-get Dribble Invitation. All you had to do was submit a piece of work you love. In case any of you are not familiar, Dribble is "essentially a visual twitter for designers" and it's extremely difficult to get an invitation to join this fine community of designers. Well, the kind and beautiful Sneh Roy picked my work. It might look familiar to you.
As you can imagine I was ecstatic and so appreciative, but I looked at my yellow pad and realized how much I had to do today. It's then that I remembered a blog post by another fine Australian lady, Susan Oakes, marketing professional at M4B Marketing. The post was named The Benefits of Chilling Out From Marketing. In it, she explains how we simply need to relax before we burn ourselves out. So I decided I would take care of what needed taking care of, but I would then take the rest of the day off (which here in the States is Veteran's Day) and sketch and draw. So I broke out my pencils, pens, brushes and watercolors and I did. Attached is the result of such a day. This watercolor painting stars a character of mine named Octo-Puss whose origin is shrouded in mystery.
I just want to give these two ladies a warm and hearty 'Thank you" for inspiring me today. I really needed it. Everyone have a great weekend!