Trying to find that perfect design placement, internship or career boost is really difficult. Since my redundancy I have been searching, interviewed and coming so close yet no cigar for months now.
Every piece of feedback has been useful and given me the confidence to keep going. The latest from Something Big, to practice my skills to get faster and better as well as to have more ‘image & text’ based designs in my portfolio. Also to not give up. This was the most valuable and helpful piece of advice I have received so far. It’s made me realise where I can improve.
(The trouble is just getting round to doing it.)
A new venture has also started, it’s just getting on to it’s feet; this venture is called ‘Off The Grid, Design & Marketing’. A group of designers and freelancers available to take on any brief! I have been a part of the branding and naming of the group, which was really enjoyable. It gave me something to do, as well as to collaborate with one of my friends whose been in the industry for 20 + years.
I’m hoping it works out!
Alrighty, since my last post, January is at it’s end and February is just about to begin.
Now I know what you’re all thinking….. where the hell did January go?
For me, working at OMM has had it’s ups and downs, but it’s still experience and I’m not going to waste this opportunity. Recently I have been working on yet another Squarespace built website.. having finished OMM Photography, just in the first week handing it over, to my colleagues. Then… came the matter of producing a Van wrap which gave out mixed reactions.
However… I have recently joined a gym, and have been going for a number of 5 days now. I actually enjoy it… surprisingly. It wakes me up for the afternoon and my productivity does become a little more productive. And I feel better inside, with just sitting on my arse all day.
The other thing, outside of work is, I have started to learn to drive …. Uh-OH!
Yep… I’ll be on the road quicker than one may think… hopefully
Following on from my last ‘Update’ post…
I’ve received an offer…
I have accepted!
Soon I will finally kick-start my career as a Junior Designer, after three months of hunting and applications I am feeling relieved, excited and… maybe a little terrified (but that will diminish before long).
To say the least I am looking forward to it greatly, and I will continue to grow and learn as well as to aspire in my own skills.
Still, keeping up with my own personal projects along the side, hoping to continue on with the Magpie series of posters, maybe turn them into other things such as stationary, cases, maybe even diary covers. The potential here is ambitious and maybe I could improve them enough to become more than what they are. A transformation one might say.
Well, let’s see in due course!
So, I got a bit bored of waiting for my house / course mate to finish his course work (as I had already finished mine for the day), I decided to draw a feather on my arm along with a second. Now, following on from my previous feather post, I think TWO of those, in this exact position would make a mighty fine tattoo design indeed. I also now have ideas to extend it, with the most cliché of all things…… birds flying out and up, towards my shoulder, to make a full blown sleeve. The colours, would still be watercolour / muted with pen and ink style mixed into the design. I can extend it gradually, if I so desire OR get the full blown thing. Lots and lots of decisions to make here. Obviously the tattoo artists will help me out, big time as to what to do.
Recently I applied for a volunteering position at a local gallery here in Portsmouth. It is my third week now and I have enjoyed it so far. The gallery is a small but quirky place hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Gunwarf Quays, in an old naval stock room. The brick work is warn, but the character still remains with the tall ceilings and big rooms. Aspex specialise in showing off the works of up and coming artists and craft makers, the work is indeed contemporary and modern.
Volunteering here does have it’s benefits. I meet new people, occasionally speak to other artists that come in, I can bring in work to do if I need to. Other times I just sit and draw in my new found sketchbook. The gifts and items available are quirky. The cards have humour and are well designed. They also sell the design magazines such as Creative Review, Eye, and Wire as well as others. I see this as an opportunity to gain a little experience in a creative environment, even if it is manning the front desk and being a friendly, welcoming face.