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  1. Case Study: Custom Portrait Gift for a CEO

    I was approached by my friend James who works at Intuit. Their beloved CEO, Jeff Cates had just announced that he was leaving for a new position at another company. To honour this man their team was scrambling to get him the perfect gift. Something that would sum up all…

  2. Shoot your own flat lay for a professional look

    A great way to provide context for your artwork is to set up a professional looking flat lay shoot. What the heck is a flat lay? It simply means arranging items and then shooting them from above, usually flat or slightly angled. This type of shoot is especially great when…

  3. You Have Survived All Your Darkest Days

    A reminder to anyone out there who is struggling through something challenging. Maybe you’re starting a new business and it’s moving slower than anticipated. Maybe you’re a new parent who is dealing with sleepless nights and constant cries. Maybe you’re struggling with depression and anxiety and trying to find your…

  4. Aim for Self Love this Valentine’s Day

    Emo post ahead. I was reflecting back to Valentines Day a year ago. I was in a terrible state at the time but didn’t fully realize it. I booked the day off work and decided to take a me day. I hit the waters at a spa and tried to…

  5. Best podcasts for creative freelancers

    I’m a big fan of podcasts. I started listening to audio books while I freelanced at home. I found they put me in an almost meditative state, where my hand was still drawing, but my mind was listening to the book. When I transitioned to a full time office job I discovered…

  6. Oh Mom Guilt - Handling Screen Time with Kids

    Oh, Mom guilt! Here’s a new take on the popular acronym OMG. I’ve got total Mom guilt over letting my two boys have too much screen time. How do you handle screen time in your house?This was my first summer being home with the kids since leaving my full time…

  7. How to Stop Social Media Addiction

    Modern marketing for creatives is all about social media. You have to interact with people to create a community and audience that cares about you and your work. You have to be emotionally involved in your work and interactions. I definitely think it’s necessary to be active on Instagram and Facebook since they are…

  8. Goals for 2019

    My 2019 goals. I had plans to write them out for myself but when @goodtype made this week’s challenge to letter your goals for #goodtypetuesday I jumped on-board.⠀ I want to focus on building my illustration career. I want to reach out and get my work in front of more publishers, art directors and…

  9. Chalk drawing tips

    I love creating artwork with chalk. There’s something about the high contrast look and the texture. Plus you can’t get any more hand drawn and real than this. Executing chalk boards is a nice break from digital screens, although I do still use them to prepare the image and template I…

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