Tropical Inspiration for you from the Big Island

Very happy to be on the Big island of Hawaii again and very happy to report that life is still better at the beach.

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It’s still 83F, sunny with cloudy periods,possible showers, an earthquake or two and the possibility of a tsunami. The lava is still flowing but, last I read, all is well. With 8 different ecosystems, mother nature is always up to something here!

For us, as a family, it is time to recharge and get inspired after the winter season in the mountains.

Tropical Foliage - {artistically afflicted blog }I love discovering new shapes, colours and textures over here. The flora and fauna is so unique and special to the Big Island.I am amazed to still be discovering new buds,seeds and pods after all of my years visiting here.

Always thankful for my big straw hat that spends more time carrying my finds,than on my head. I find it hard to go for a walk or run without picking something up.Tropical Foliage - {artistically afflicted blog }

Some tropical foliage for your drawing inspiration. Tropical is trending right now. Pineapples, flamingos and large-scale tropical leaves are everywhere.

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I have a love on for large tropical leaves. I love any kind of leaf, seed or pod but the more unusual and the bigger, the better.

Sharing some of my favs with you all the way from the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
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Tropical Foliage ~ Julie Hamilton Designs  {artistically afflicted blog}

Beach time sketching..
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ONE of these things I will not be using for drawing inspiration. Centipedes, ants and the occasional flying cockroach seem to go hand in hand with the tropics.

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Sending some Aloha your way!

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The Art of the Start..a.k.a potato stamping

I have had a very busy week finishing up artwork for a project and today was the first day I had to just sit back and do my own thing. I wanted to paint.

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I sat down with my sketchbook. I looked at some drawings I had planned to paint. I thought abstract, but then dismissed it for floral. I thought collage, but I wasn’t sure I felt like paper cutting. I thought green, no, coral.

I was getting nowhere fast. I just needed to Start.

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Who would have thought? Potato stamps.Yes, a potato from my kitchen.. Having flashbacks to grade school art class?

Having lost by painting mojo with all of my indecision I ended up cruising through my inbox and stumbled upon yesterdays Design Sponge blog post here. Well, it looked pretty cool in the pictures so I had to try.

In my desperate attempt to make cool marks, I have tried many a thing from cellophane wrap to feathers. Some successful for making a good mark, some not. The potato wasn’t all that bad.

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I doubt I will be making wrapping paper even though theirs looks great. Mine looks,well, not so great.  The lesson here for me was ~ just do whatever it takes. In my my art world that usually means trying something new.

I painted for  a number of hours with nothing finished to  show. I tried some new shapes, more charcoal and ink and some scratchy scraffito. Lots of new ideas and most importantly moments of calm and satisfaction along the way.

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How often do you get to paint with no game plan? Mark making just for the sake of it. Trying new colours. Playing.

I can’t even remember the last time I just played with no plan for its outcome.

A goal for 2015- more art journalling? I hope so!

Below is a journal page I did some time back. I think it was probably 2 years ago now. It has been sitting in a basket along with many other finished and unfinished journal pages. Lots of experimentation going on in that basket.

Guess what?

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Yesterday it got licensed. (along with 8 other pieces!) More on all that later, but needless to say I am pretty happy.

Another gentle reminder to just keep at it. No artwork is ever wasted.

Feeling inspired,

Lessons Learned in my Creative Life ~ 2014

Happy New Year Illustration and Greeting

Sitting here surrounded by paper.Step by step instructions on how to improve Me. Things I have accomplished.Things I want to accomplish, Things I need to change. Things I need to do..

I love this process of delving deep into my life and assessing what needs to change in order to move forward. I am very good at assessing, not so good at doing. I cannot lie..change is exhausting.

When I look back at 2014 in all its glory..and failures, I can’t help but notice that a lot of my behaviour is still the same. I still need to change my daily habits in order to move forward.

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In a nutshell – I think I need to get out of my comfort zone.

Oh, how I love my comfort zone…Nothing that a few glasses of wine can’t tell you.

It will take more than one sitting to figure out my plan of action. I have been jotting things down over the past months, but a plan needs to be formulated in order to execute.

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Today, instead of sharing my deepest, darkest fears, I will share some lessons learned in 2014.

Lessons learned..

1. Learning – I love learning, I love new things and I love starting. Unfortunately, while these are all positive, they sometimes lead me astray. I need to focus on one thing at a time. I have too many ideas and I want to get them all down at once. I end up doing a lot of everything. I am good at lots of things, I am not great at one thing. I need to be great at one thing.

2. Focus – explore a theme in its entirety. Make a game plan and follow it through. In art and In life.No more willy nilly half efforts trying to learn handlettering or skate skiing. A commitment is in order.

3. Art – Motifs need to be clean and concise. They need to be read well. All of your art needs to come across loud and clear. Your style, your colours and your brand. In the world of art licensing this art also needs to be commercial. So while I have my style and some quirkiness mixed in, I still need it to be sellable.

4. Opportunity – Sitting here and waiting for people to knock on my door will not have people knocking down my door. I need to be proactive, show my work and actually do some of my own door knocking.

5. Show up everyday – show up, start, create. It may not be great, but all work leads to something. No art is ever wasted. Practice makes better. recognize when rest is needed, but otherwise forge onwards.

6. Time – there is enough time in the day to do it all, it just takes some planning. Map out your day and divide your work into do-able time slots. Concentrate on one task. Prioritize what is most important – do it. Then move onto the next task with a feeling of accomplishment.

7. Uninterrupted workflow – My best work comes with no distractions. Blocks of time creating with no pings, tweets or wandering thoughts. I have tried the Pomodoro technique, tweaking it to be my own. I find these small segments of time useful for starting projects that I am feeling a bit stuck in.

8.  Personal projects – A fun, personal project, be it a daily sketch or a painting a day, with the right hash tag, can get you lots of leverage.Share your work!

9. Agent – I think this was the best decision for me this year. I love the challenge of working to a brief. I love the feedback and  love  the variety of creating from home decor down to digital greetings. They also introduced my work to a whole cast of others that I wouldn’t have had the time to search out. Art licensing is a slow process, but I have faith that it works for those who persevere.

10. Website/blog – keep it updated. I cringe when I look up and know that mine is so out of date. It is YOU! It is your story. Keep it current. (sorry…promise to prioritize this one..)

So, here I sit mapping out my game plan. I have my fingers crossed that I am working in the right direction and doing the right thing. Feeling a wee bit nervous, but knowing in my heart that it is time to move up and onwards.

I have included a few online resources which I pop in to help me on my way. I take what works for me from both and combine them to make it my own.

Christine Kane   Word Of The Year

Do What You Love  New Years Revolution

Write everything down. Share it with your friends and creative partners. Shout it out loud!

Nothing like the world holding you accountable for it all.

Be honest. Have fun.

Finding Inspiration in the Leaves of Autumn

Inspired by the abundance of leaves in my  autumn backyard. So many shades of red, yellow and green. Berry branches, old seed heads and a token mushroom or two make my garden a rather special place at this time of year..

A snapshot of what fall looks like around here…minus the never-ending rain.

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I know they should all be raked up and my garden put to bed, but I like to think of it as ground cover for the long winter ahead.

I aspire to be a gardener, but while I love everything in the garden, I don’t like the time and energy it takes to deal with my garden. Long ornamental grasses, big rocks and flowering bushes are fine with me for now. I am hoping in time that my feelings may change and I will be motivated to embrace everything it has to offer.

 

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Collected on a morning run.

Leaves in my sketchbook.

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I have one garden leaf in particular that I love.

I love the shape and changing colour of this leaf as the season progresses.I know I should know what type of bush this belongs to, but I am  sorry, I don’t.

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Finding a bit of inspiration from its shape and colours to be used in some surface pattern design.

The beginning of the Bayberry collection – coming soon!

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May the sun be shining bright where you live. I am sending all of our rain to California where it is needed most.

Finding Inspiration ~ From Shadow to Surface Pattern

BlogHop - {artistically afflicted blog} surface pattern design, inspiration,

Welcome to the Surface Pattern Design by Scratch Bloghop hosted by Bonnie Christine of the Going Home to Roost tribe.

Bonnie recently introduced her new Creative Live course Design Surface Patterns from Scratch.
It offers an in-depth view of Adobe illustrator and is packed with information to help  you  bring your drawings to life.
Have you ever imagined your work on stationery, fabric or digital media? This is a great place to start.

I picked up many illustrator tips and tricks that have helped me on my way to expressing myself digitally.
For todays bloghop, I thought I would share an unexpected source of inspiration for me.
Shadows.

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This photo makes me smile. It gives you a pretty good idea of what I was up to. I received many an odd look from others as I took photos of the pavement.

My ride was littered with beautiful shapes and patterns. Needless to say, I was promptly ditched by my riding partners.

They should really know better by now…

{artistically afflicted blog} Inspired by shadows, art, inspirationMany, very many, photos later, I now have quite a collection of organic, leafy shapes to play with in my art and design.
Bonnie talks extensively in her class about Live Trace. It is my number #1 tool in Illustrator that I use daily. I simply brought these images into Illustrator and live traced them, playing with the settings to obtain different results. From there, with a bit of help from the blob brush and eraser tool, I ended up with a pretty assortment of shapes and textures that I then incorporated into some patterns.

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Many of these shapes have also ended up in my drawings and paper collage work.

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Pattern play with a hit of some leafy greens and blues inspired by road riding on the Big Island of Hawaii. Who would have thought!?

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Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

For more inspiration and a chance to pick up some other tips and tricks ,click back to the starting page here to begin. This hop has been going on daily for 6 weeks now so there is lots of reading entertainment.
Bonnie has also kindly offered up a free month to her Going home to Roost tribe where you can meet others within the Surface Pattern community and learn more about the world of surface design. Go here for more details.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit my bloghop partners,please pop by and visit Emily Truong of EmilyAnn Studio and Nika Martinez!

Thanks for dropping by!

Seeds,pods and a succulent or two

Bringing a little Aloha to you.

Most believe Aloha is just a greeting, but the word is a way of life for most living here on the islands. Here, Aloha is an attitude, guidance towards living  a certain way of life ~ the Aloha spirit.

A, ala, watchful, alertness
L, lokahi, working with unity
O, oia’i’o, truthful honesty
H, ha’aha’a, humility
A, ahonui, patient perseverance

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I have written many times about the Big Island of Hawaii. It is one of my favorite places~ a place not too far from home  that has come to be my home away from home.Hawaii makes me feel alive –  a place that feeds the senses and the soul.

Sweeping coastlines, fields of black lava interspersed with green grasses and wonderful flowering trees, sand and sea. Lots of delicious fruit from the tree. The sound of birds.. at all hours of the day and night.Coconut M&M’s.

Island life is good!

One of my favorite pastimes here is early morning runs, camera in hand.These runs are sporadic with many stops along the way  to take a picture or pick up a pod..or two. I often arrive home my hands and  hat full of goodness.
Julie Hamilton Designs -seed and pod inspiration {artistically afflicted blog}I don’t usually get a lot of creative time here, as life is busy with family and friends, so sometimes a little floral arranging has to be sufficient to feed my fix.
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Mother nature has a very humorous side to her on the island. She is quirky and fun-loving. She has created the oddest assortment of seeds and pods to date.
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I havent a clue what half of these are called, but you will be happy to know that I finally have a book. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to open it. Next time…

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I have yet to figure out the “seasons’ here, but there is definitely lots of changes in between my visits. While one tree is flowering the next is on its way to hibernation.

This island is so diverse with all of its different ecosystems. I am slowly learning more about it everyday. It’s just so mysterious I keep wanting to come back for more!
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Beautiful colors, shapes and textures.Actually, thinking out loud here, I should do a post on all the textures and patterns in nature found here.
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Succulents grow very well on the Big island and are in nice contrast to flowering blooms.
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Julie Hamilton Designs -seed and pod inspiration {artistically afflicted blog}
I really do love my little bounty. I wish I could bring it all home and share with you…

Signing off with a sunset.Wish you were here!
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Finding inspiration~Back to basics!

Every once in a while I sit down to a fresh piece of white paper and my mind goes blank. I feel like there  are no original ideas left! It has all been done before.
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At times like these when my  rosy outlook takes a little detour I usually come back to basics – simple geometric shapes and marks. No color.. just black and white.

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It is my hope that the wonderful combination of all these shapes will eventually come together and find their place somewhere in my surface pattern design.

The days have been busy here. The ski season is slowly coming to an end, but the competitions are still on. Travel to other mountains, school trips and spring break have left me with little time to sit uninterrupted to create. I have been trying to change my ways and create in clumps of time, but I still find that my best time is when I have nothing pressing or beckoning me away from my work.

There really is nothing better than a long stretch of uninterrupted time to sit and create. I think most of us can agree on that!

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I am (slowly) working  on my next collection for Modern Yardage – MeadowBlush. Taking inspiration from my geometrics, I enjoyed combining different geometric shapes to make up the flowers and other elements involved in this design.

I can imagine them on outdoor pillows, children’s bedding, a sweet little summer dress…

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I think some ladybugs are also in order for spring. I may  also throw in some butterflies and I don’t doubt that some seeds and pods will also end up in the collection. They seen to end up in all my work.

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My MeadowBlush fabric collection will be coming to Modern Yardage month end, right in time for spring.

MeadowBlush Collection - Julie Hamilton Designs for Modern Yardage

Have you had a look at my 101 projects to make with one yard of fabric pinboard? You can find it on Pinterest here
If you are like me and finding it hard to find long hours of uninterrupted time then this might be the answer to your sewing and crafting creations.

I am heading off today to one of my favorite places – the Big Island of Hawaii. Time to feed the soul and the senses. Pop back next week for some visual inspiration, or if you just need a hit of sunshine!

xox

Inspired by the mushroom season

The forest is alive with mushrooms. Everywhere you look mushrooms are sprouting up in every different size, shape and color. I keep expecting little gnomes to jump out at me. I have caught myself shoulder checking more than once.

Today I kept hearing voices and my imagination got the best of me. I realized part way through my walk that the woods were alive with pickers. I could hear them, but just couldn’t see them. One day I will learn the difference between edible and not so edible.

For now, I will stick with pictures ~ lots of pictures. My poor Instagram friends are probably starting to think I have become a bit mad, or at least found the magic in it all. Ha!

Today we have mushrooms for you in all shapes and sizes. I put a shout out to my artist friends asking for their mushroom inspiration. I love what I received and am happy to be able to share them with you.We have  mushrooms doodled, sketched, painted, in pattern and even in character!

Here are a few of mine doodled out in black and white. I am not sure what I am going to do with these, but I have a couple of ideas percolating!

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Have a  look at these beautiful representations of mushrooms by Cheryl Bakke Martin.So natural in color and line. I love the sketchy feel of them.


Petra is also lucky enough to be surrounded by mushrooms. She has many a blogpost about her mushroom inspiration.She has a czech mother crazy for mushroom picking. Have a visit to her blog for many a good story. I was just recently introduced to her blog and it is fun and fresh. Petra has a very good sense of humour and her posts bring a smile to my face.
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How about some mushrooms in pattern? I love Lindsay Bucks use of color,shape and texture in her first piece Fantastic Funghi. There is so much to look at. Lindsay has lots more on her blog– her latest post on conkers still has me trying to guess what a conker is!?
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Andrea Rincon also placed hers in pattern.Love the transparency! Andrea has a great blog with a weekly brief to help inspire and get your creative juices flowing~ Brief? Me!. She recently had a creative brief on her blog about funky mushrooms.
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If you would like to participate  and get inspired ,have a visit to her blog, Anchobee Designs for more information.

This week finds me back in student mode. Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells Part B starts today. I am so excited to be learning again. I love creating to a brief, it’s such a challenge and really helps me focus on a topic.

Funny – she had me drawing mushrooms 6 months ago! I have been a bit obsessed ever since.

I will be popping back here weekly with updates on how class is rolling out.

Inspired by print & pattern – geometrics

Have you heard the latest, greatest news?

Marie Perkins of the infamous Print & Pattern blog is publishing yet another book to add to her ever-growing, wonderful ,collection of print & pattern books!

This one is all about geometrics!

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Time to get out your pens and paint! Lots of time left to get working and submit. Due date is September 7th, 2013.

“We will be using the term ‘geometrics’ loosely with all kinds of abstract shapes, motifs and patterns (and not just those using exact mathematical style geometry) being included. “

I am not sure if these are considered geometrics, but once I started it was hard to stop! I like to think of it as the zen of doodling.

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I have started a few patterns because that’s how I like to work, but thinking I may submit some collage art as well.

“We are looking for patterns, illustrations and prints that use circles, squares, triangles, chevrons, stripes, dots and dashes, polygons, facets, and all other kinds of imaginative shapes”

I am liking “imaginative shapes”..snowflakes?

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Not really sure if these are considered “geometrics”. I may have to get a second and third opinion before I submit.What do you think?

I did enjoy the process and I can see adapting these towards Christmas. No work is ever wasted!

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A little more on the geometric side of things…

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How about some paper collage turned pattern? Lots of opportunity to play around with ideas for this one!

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I really like the idea of pulling these out again and re-working them. They have always been one of my favorites because they remind me so much of the paper collage work I love to do. I think these have some directional issues, but once worked out would fit quite nicely into the category.

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I am sure you also have some old geometric prints or pattern that could be renewed!

Need some Inspiration? Try these Pinterest boards
http://pinterest.com/darnitalhoward/geometric-patterns/

http://pinterest.com/sarah_bagshaw/surface-pattern-circles/

http://pinterest.com/sarah_bagshaw/surface-pattern-lines/

http://pinterest.com/juliehdesigns/inspiration-line,mark,texture

For more information on all of the Print & Pattern books , have a look at the Print & Pattern bookstore on Amazon.  Be very, very careful – it is highly addictive. Lots of visual eye candy! Don’t forget to visit her blog too for daily doses of inspiration!

Well, the summer is quickly coming to a close here in Whistler. The days are definitely getting shorter and the blankets and fireplace have come out for patio entertaining. I am a bit sad, but also a little excited. I like to treat Sept 1st as my second chance. A chance to re-assess my direction for 2013. A chance to accomplish all the goals I set out to achieve at the beginning of the year.

I am happy to say that I think things are running along tikkity-boo!

See you next week!

What does your creative process look like?

Do you ever wonder how other artists and designers come up with their creative ideas? I do!

I am creatively curious! I love to see the process of how one’s mind works from start to finish.

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Rosie Martinez-Dekker is a Mexican designer based in The Netherlands.Rosie graduated in graphic and textile design in the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City .After working several years as textile designer, art director and in the business side of textiles and apparel she decided, with her husband, to form Believe Creative studio in 2011. Believe Creative Studio creates prints & patterns focused on design for baby, children and teens products.

Rosie style is whimsical, colorful, playful and fun.She creates both digitally and hand painted.

Today, Rosie will be sharing with us the creative process behind the development of her logo and website.

Ta-da! Here she is!

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What inspires you to create? 
My inspiration comes from my everyday life, what I am feeling what I am doing, what is happening around me. For instance the illustration of the cats below was created a night that my cat, named Prunilla, was meowing in the studio,she wanted to go out for a night walk.So I added a little bit of my own imagination  and a new design was born.

I also like to find inspiration in pinterest, magazines and design blogs in general.

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What medium do you like to create in?
I love to create in watercolor and gouache, I love to design directly in paper and play with water and colors.

Just a year ago I started also designing in Illustrator, and use the drawing tablet (Wacom) for the free sketchy style that I love so much.

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Do you keep an art journal? How do you keep track of all of your ideas and inspiration?

I have a sketchbook but I have to confess that I am not very disciplined in sketching every time I create a pattern. I am a right in the moment kind of girl, so if I need inspiration I look for it in the moment and if necessary I sketch something right before starting creating.

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Do you work on just one design from start to finish or do you have a number of different designs on the go?

I  only go for one design, I do not do trials and colors ways, sometimes I just play with the background color, and that makes my design process easy and fast.

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Color Moodboard for creation of logo and website

Do you prefer to design for a brief/competition or your own personal inspiration?

I prefer my personal inspiration and my own briefs and mood boards.

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What time of the day are you most creative?

After 2pm. Is weird, but I do not manage starting early, I normally start my day sporting, walking my dogs, doing stuff, then after I had a nice lunch is when I feel more inspired and ready to create!

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Thank you Rosie! Your branding totally suits you. It was interesting to see how it came about.

Please be sure to have a look at Rosie’s Look Book. The link is below. It’s very impressive. You will be very inspired to make your very own Look bBook.I want her to make one for me!

Links

website: www.believe-cs.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/believecstudio

twitter: @BelieveCstudio

blog: http://believecreativestudio.blogspot.nl

linked in: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosamartinezdekker

I will be back again on Thursday with another What does your creative process look like? blogpost featuring Femi Ford!