Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Plodding along these past few months

I am beginning to realize how my new schedule is starting to catch up with me. Since last August I've been working two jobs which, many weeks, leaves me without a full day off. I am still able to fit a lot in there; spending time with friends, dodge-ball league once a week, reading a book or two and the occasional movie night. What it does not leave me is much time for creativity or hiking that were staples of mine throughout the tenure of my last job up north. Due to a series of interactions with close people in my life I have been questioning the benefits of my current lifestyle. My mother is pushing me to make another cross country trip (and if you don't know already, you don't have to push all that hard to get this girl packed up and on a random interstate a three-day's-drive away). My boss suggests that if you aren't spending time working for yourself, you are wasting your time (an interesting and valid argument I think). Which leads me to the realization that the creative efforts I have put in during my off time the past two months have been purely to design promotional materials for several projects that are not even mine (I am proud of the results, some of which are posted on this blog, but none of which were initiated by me).

Next week I am taking five days off of both jobs to go to Boston. This will be a working vacation - so I guess it is not a vacation at all... We are taking our journal OVS to AWP (the Association of Writers & Writing Programs) once again. This will be our third year, which I think is pretty exciting. But once this is over, I will be able to get back to using free time to work for myself again. I've not made a painting in months, and I think that is starting to weigh on me. So in preparation for this, I have been trying to make a colorful doodle once a day on large scrap paper to get "back in shape." I'm posting them here because they're fun.

I hope this finds you well and that you're up to something fun yourself.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Infinite Monkey Edits

I made some logo designs for a new business my cohort is starting called Infinite Monkey Edits. I believe it is a manuscript editing service. Aren't these pretty sweet? We were going for old school, something similar to letterpress. If I had more time to make another, I think I would include a ton of filigree. Maybe I'll have time tomorrow to whip one up. Pretty cool nonetheless!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Any Other Branch

My painting Big Pinkie has been chosen as cover art for Any Other Branch, a book of poetry by Ivy Page due to come out this March from Salmon Poetry. I'm pretty stoked.  Despite the fact I had no input over the layout of the cover, I am pretty happy Big Pinkie made an appearance. Pretty cool! Here is the full cover.

OVS Latest Issue & Dead White Men.

I'd totally forgotten to update about all the good things going on lately. So - here we go!

OVS put out our latest issue (issue 8! This thing's been going on for a while!) and will be showing it off at the upcoming AWP (Association of Writers  & Writer Programming) Conference in Boston the beginning of March. Here is a preview of the cover, art by Eleanor Leonne-Bennett.

Also on the docket my friends are starting up a new Anthology, which I got to make the promo materials for. It's called the (Dead) White Men Anthology, and as you would guess I had great fun playing around with this one.  I created a handout and the masthead for the website. Pretty fun.

So here you can see J.D. Salinger, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, E.A. Poe, and John Steinbeck (a random selection). I should do more of this, I love sketch work.

And lastly, I finally figured out my life long theme song if I had the choice. This is it.

Happy Monday people.