I never think I’ll ever want to go back to school once I’m out for the summer, but every year, I prove myself wrong. At some point during the summer, I find myself needing to go back because I actually start feeling a little crazy. Not stir crazy, per se. I usually leave the house enough. This year, I’ve at least left the house for a bike ride every day. So no, it’s not that. It’s the kind of insanity that results from being left alone with my own thoughts for too long. Since I don’t have to constantly think about math and history and science over the summer like I do during the school year, my mind is free to roam. And lemme tell ya, my mind is quite the little adventurer.
For the most part, it’s not a good thing. Whenever this happens to me, I become a hypochondriac. Parts of me start itching and throbbing and hurting and I don’t know why. Actually, I do know why. It’s because I have too much time to be aware of my body. Nothing really itches or throbs or hurts. It’s all in my head. But the littlest movement beneath my skin sends me into a frenzy. If I had homework to do, this wouldn’t be happening.
So, you all probably think I’m absolutely bananas after that. You wouldn’t be wrong, really. But it’s not all bad, this insanity. I’ve been feeling a lot more creative lately. Ideas are coming to me more quickly than I can write them down. I was recently hired for a logo design, and I miraculously had six solid ideas sketched in twenty minutes. I have the perfect idea for a Flamora redesign that just needs to be translated to vector and code. I even drew this picture, just for the hell of it. Then I took a picture of the picture. MIXED MEDIA, GABI STYLE.
But yeah, I need to go back to school before I hit the tin foil stage. I just wish I didn’t have to jump from one extreme to another. These old bones can’t take it anymore.
Over a year ago, I sketched a ton of vectors ideas. They’ve all been sitting in a nice little folder named “IDEAAAS!” I created on my computer this whole time, rotting away. Only one sketch, my cartoonization of Joan Holloway, ever made it to the lovely, scalable world of vectors. What a shame.
I honestly forgot these sketches even existed until I happened to find them yesterday while ransacking my files for a decent photo of myself (which I never found). I was immediately drawn to a sketch inspired by the song “You Got Yr. Cherrybomb” by Spoon. Of course, since I’m incredibly superficial when it comes to song lyrics, the actual design has nothing to do with the song other than the fact that the girl is holding a cherrybomb.
Believe it or not, this is the only vector in my portfolio created in Illustrator. If you ever asked me if I used Illustrator, I probably said yes, and I definitely lied to you. I always found myself semi-embarrassed to admit to using Paint Shop Pro for my vectors. Most serious designers don’t consider PSP an acceptable program for anything. But I found it strange that the pen tool in PSP is almost identical to the one in Illustrator, while the pen tool in Photoshop is a terrifying mess I try my best not to think about. For that reason, the transition was surprisingly painless. I completed this little number in about a day and a half. They didn’t call me Speedy Gonzalez in high school for nothing…even though most experienced vector artists can finish a piece in a few hours.
I think I’ll tackle the sketch about tetanus next. That one looks like a hoot.
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