About

My name is Kate. I like to draw and design things. This is a portfolio of sorts, but also a place for sketches and rough concepts; a way for me to chart my progress.

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey, I’ve really enjoyed scrolling around your blog. Probably because we seem to sort of be doing the same thing with a few exceptions (You are much better at drawing people).

    Anyways, One thing I noticed after a little browsing is that you’ve been trying your luck at some Crowdspring contests. As a former user on there, please take my advice and RUN AWAY AS FAST AS YOU CAN. I earned about $750 one week on CS and became sort of addicted to it as a result, but I promise if you want to be a professional designer it’s the worst thing that can ever happen to you. It probably took me a solid year to recover from the creative suck of that place. It was making me hate design as a profession, and training me to be a mediocre artist. While I agree there can be short term financial benefits, in the long run it will destroy your passion and the profession of design in general. For me personally, I’ve had much better luck and been much happier since I just set up my own damn site and went it alone. Might not be true for everyone but hey.

    Anyways.. you can delete this comment so it doesn’t fuss up your nice simple about page (sorry about that), I just wanted to share my experience with you. Look forward to seeing your future work!

    • Thanks for the heads up! To tell you the truth, I don’t submit anything to crowdSpring. I check out the projects being offered, pick a few, and work on designs, but instead of wasting my time submitting them (and most likely being overlooked, as they seem to prefer a less illustrative style), I use them to build up my own personal portfolio (which is full of unfinished things and that needs to be changed). I do have a general dislike of the place because I feel that it doesn’t really encourage clients to be direct and one on one with designers. However, I do what I can to use it to my advantage, so there’s that. Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Oh! Well that changes things completely. Crowdspring is a great place to find examples of real creative briefs by real businesses, as long as you never compare your designs to the other designers on there. Try doing the ones where the gallery is locked if you can’t help but look (I know I couldn’t help it).

    If you really want to learn from the masters there are some big graphic design communities:
    http://www.behance.net/
    http://dribbble.com/
    http://forrst.com/

    These can be incredibly intimidating starting out though, so don’t give them too much thought yet.

    I’d say if you want to do graphic design that would be easy for you. You’re already a great artist. So all you need now is to learn how to use a program like adobe illustrator so you can get those ‘clean lines’ you are looking for. Also study typography (With your illustration skills custom typography might really be your thing). Don’t give up though. I see a lot of potential in your work like this for example: https://dailydrawsb.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/the-plus-size-evening-gown-bible/ , as well as the brewery ones. All you need is that final step. But hey, I don’t have enough experience in this business to be handing out this kind of advice anyways. Maybe I should be asking YOU for advice.

    • Thank you for the links, I really appreciate it. I actually do have an account at behance, but obviously I haven’t gotten up the courage to post anything there yet.

      Also, you flatter me! I haven’t done much graphic design so far, but I do want to keep trying different things and experimenting, and see what I can come up with. The problem is that I haven’t had any schooling in graphic arts, and I have trouble seeing projects all the way through. I always seem to lose steam at a certain point.

      You may think you don’t have much advice to offer but I am grateful for any tips/suggestions/ideas you may have. I can use all the help I can get!

      I doubt I have any advice of value to give you, but if you have any questions at all about anything, I would be more than happy to answer them.

  3. I have to say congratulations, you are immensely talented! All the works I’ve seen are skillfully done, and the ideas behind are also fascinatig! Look forward to seeing more!

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