Recovery workout, 54min #HIIT & 37min #ashtanga #yoga

I’d thought I’d be downtown cleaning today, but it was just as well I wasn’t needed in. I had a Creative Circle notice to respond to, and I finally got around to updating the links on my interactive resume. I had to draw a portfolio icon and change my first website from my soon-to-be-obsolete iPage website to my space in Adobe Portfolio. I also reduced the buttons from five to four, and swapped out Pinterest (only for working) for Instagram (much more relevant in terms of describing me).

Also had another session on a watercolor I’m calling “Cricket in the Snow”. It’s going to stay pretty light… I will probably do one more session and then call it done.

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HIIT

  • 15/50 w/ 2min rest between sets = 54min

* Cardio: skipping

  1. Squat jumps 10lbs
  2. Dead lift, squat, alt lunges 40lbs
  3. Star jumps
  4. Lunge forward with SA press,up, 20lbs
  5. Other side
  6. Wide leg frogger , keep feet just outside mat & jump forward & back
  7. Surfer Burpees
  8. Tricep dips, with switch kick I could REALLY feel yesterday’s tricep superset here!
  9. Step up, kick backs R 30lbs
  10. Other side
  11. Squat & press, push-up, tuck jump 40lbs
  12. Kettlebell swings 35lbs

* Cardio: quadzilla / knee-in low lunge & switch lunge alt. Discovered I don’t really love quadzillas enough for six 50-sec intervals. Maybe having 3 cardios here & adding jugglers would be good.

  1. Half burpee with upright row 30lbs
  2. C-sit tuck & press, 20lbs (3lbs bet feet)
  3. Clean & press 40lbs, 4 squat pulses
  4. 4 Ski abs , 1 push-up jack
  5. 4 Wide leg mountain climbers /  Kick out & forward
  6. Elevated push-ups – lifting alternate leg up
  7. Pendulum lunge 40lbs 
  8. Other side
  9. Front & side raise 20lbs
  10. Alt pistol down, roll back, push-up, tuck jump
  11. Jack knife, pike press abs – 10lbs in hands, 3lbs bet feet
  12. Right angle shoulder tap feet on wall, butt over shoulders This is a good way to get stronger for handstand shoulder taps I think. My butt wags way side to side. I’ll have to film it for a laugh. Felt much more stable though.

Yoga

(15/30) back bending intervals

  1. Anjenayasana R
  2. Hanuman upright, R
  3. Hanuman, back leg bent (strap) R
  4. Anjenayasana L
  5. Hanuman upright, L
  6. Hanuman upright, L
  7. Standing Arch A
  8. Forward Bend
  9. Standing Arch B
  10. Forward Bend
  11. Standing Arch C
  12. Uttana
  13. Standing Arch C
  14. Seated Moving Twist (rest)
  15. Standing Arch D
  16. Uttana
  17. Standing Arch D
  18. Seated Moving Twist (rest)
  19. Urdhva D, A
  20. rest
  21. Urdhva D, B
  22. rest
  23. Urdhva D, C
  24. rest
  • Urdhva D to stand
  • Drop Backs – 3
  • Ticks Handstand, dropping to the floor in backbend – 3
  • Ashtanga finishing to sirsasanas, lying twist, very quick savasana

After the success of my 1st vegan pizza, C made 2 for jam night & they were a success!

A group of at least five conformed omnivores ate & enjoyed. It makes a great breakfast cold too, right out of the fridge, just like “normal” pizza, or as I like to call it, “the tortured cow variety.”

The secret really is making your own vegan mozzarella. We used a store bought dough both times, btw. And a rolling pin to flatten & shape it. C was skeptical of this method first, but I was following the instructions on the package. Contrary to dire warnings it didn’t stick much at all. You only need to use a little flour. And if you spray the baking pan with a small bit of coconut oil it slides right off when cooked.

Accomplishments for the day so far:

  1. Finally got back in touch with my factory owner friend. I decided not to even try to price by the project. Since my overhead is so low, thanks to the generosity of my BF, I can afford to offer a low hourly rate, less than half what I’d get in NYC. 
  2. Got the missing W2 for my accountant. Had to contact Aquent for the log on info.
  3. Deposited my last check for the goddess illustrations. I’ll be working on inking those later today. I hope there’s a budget for borders because I love that client. She’s not vague. She’s got her own design sense and is a good communicator. I sent her my delivery update… 

Laying out in the sun right now. It’s a hard life! I’d have come out earlier but I was all, “Let me just look at my resume…” Even if the layout’s not 100% done in either version I’m going to print it out later to proof for content. 

I’ve been obsessed with #buttons for two days! #InDesign #animate

Since I’m redesigning my resume & making myself an artful, interactive PDF from InDesign, I’m going for a bunch of things at once, getting more familiar with the web aspects of Indesign and making a file that would appeal to digital design geeks. This in spite of the fact that the real campaign coming up is for hand painted textiles. I’ll sell it all at once! I hope.

I spent like 4/5 hours yesterday torturing myself. I’d program just 2 actions per button but the sound action would NOT stick through a copy & paste of the objects. I added them to Object Styles, but no. Sometimes the links would vanish. And sound! I got the idea that I wanted a little click sound. Watched a tutorial & went through all the hell making a nav bar for 3 pages, only to find there is no way to hide the ugly sound file graphic that’ll show up on the PDFs and possibly when printed.

Then I did enough googling to come to the conclusion that there isn’t a great solution, and if you want sound in your InDesign buttons you better make them in another app. When I first explored web apps, just a little, Macromedia owned Flash & the button app was Fireworks. It was in Creative Cloud at first but you knew they were going to kill it and sure enough, I checked & it’s gone. I think Animate must be the button machine…

But I’m not allowed to screw around with that endlessly today. I have to get a draft of a printable resume done by Thursday, so I can zap it out Thursday, and I have other things to do. I owe at least one Illustration session to the ongoing project. I can’t believe I’m down to the last two goddesses! I might get some more work, doing borders and cropping, if there’s the budget for that.

I have to work on formatting my experience and skills… But that’s after 2 hours with my CIB (Classroom in a Book). I’ve had the InDesign one for a couple months now. First I worked my way through Muse. I should expert myself up some more though. I know Illustrator the best, followed closely by Photoshop. The goal is to get through the InDesign book and use Animate some more. I went through a CIB on Animate too…

So I’ve been playing with an Adobe app, #adobecapture

Home looks like this. I’ve been playing around with the different functions, figuring how they work with the design apps I use most often: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat.

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Making shapes & modifying in Photoshop & Illustrator

I made a bunch of patterns. Here’s one from Henry’s bum. Since I’m willing to go sit in the shrubs with my cat, I made use of my time. The palette is so nice! It’d be good for carpeting.

Here’s a few more. You could do it endlessly (or maybe that’s just me).

Was less successful trying to make a brush for Photoshop. It also exports paths to Illustrator, but it’d be way better to make a mark like this traditional media… I used an ink pen with a brush-like tip.

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Line drawn with Faber Castelli artist pen, SC

I already deleted the Photoshop brush I made with Capture because it didn’t work. I then imported my original photo, dropped out the background & outlined it to make an Illustrator art brush. It’d be better if I’d taken the time to draw the image carefully in Illustrator, but this would do for some effects.

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Art brush

So I tried Patterns, Shapes (harder to see using, for me personally) and Brushes. Looks creates color story thumbnails that you can use to apply really meh color effects in Photoshop. I’d much rather access the thumbnails as separate, good quality image files but that appears to be impossible. It’d be cool for very easy mood & color boards!

PS: Yes I have to rename this particular Cloud library from Animate to Capture. I am not that organized about them because I use them for play. I was dabbling in Flash, which turned into Animate mid dabble. Forgot to rename it / make a new one. Non importanto.

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Anyway I need to get to the illustration. Gotta ink two goddesses today. Working in traditional media again has been amazing for me, both as an artist & a designer.