Talking to some of my best friends yesterday must’ve inspired me #freelance #artist & #designer

I’ve been industrious all morning in a true Virgo rising, list making fashion. I didn’t feel like getting right to drawing, after finishing with my meditation & hermetics practices. Instead I planned, and worked on self promotion.

  1. Organized a new set of images for a Craig’s List ad.
  2. Made new image of the spec work I’ve been doing for a local bike group’s “kit”.
  3. Posted on: my design blog, my online portfolio, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter & Pinterest. Also updated the dropbox folder I made for this collaboration.
  4. While updating portfolio I decided it’s time for a new character design sample, and I’d already been planning on drawing Charlie again soon. I’m going to combine that with my drawing a day series (more like every two weeks) AND playing around with tarot card illustrations. We’d already decided he’s going to be the King of Cups. Rocco will be part of the illustration too, because I’ve got pet portraits floating about in the back of my mind. Plus all those mythical kings have dogs, and she’s his companion animal. Set up a drawing session with him for tomorrow. I need to do quick portrait studies: front, three quarters and profile. First you create the character, and then the composition.
  5. Wrote new copy for the CL ad, this time with ranges  of piece prices and hourly rates listed. Posted the ad.
  6. Set up a recurring weekly event in iCal to run an ad every week. I don’t have to re-do every time. I can just hit repost for awhile.
  7. Updated (organized) the categories for the design blog.

And now… trying to decide if I want to work out this afternoon or if I’ll take a “real” rest day, whether I should go downtown, walk the cat, work on the latest landscape / lifestyle piece…

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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…

Sudden, total sense of the illusion of present reality.

I have to admit I reshuffled the deck, an additional 7x, after the first reading. I’ve never done that! It’s cheating, but I comforted myself with the thought of parallel universes. The 3 of Swords was in position 3 and I couldn’t deal.

And now to get back to work. I’ve been looking for old freelance invoices on two backup drives for like 40min & I have to admit I don’t have them anymore. They were probably on zip disks or something and now gone. I’ll have to move onto plan b, for coming up with a working proposal.

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Card 1, within: 2 of Wands

The Two of Wands indicated your creative expression – controlling a situation through your ability to make choices which create balance, integration, comfort and harmony.  Achievement in your business plans – your goals will be attained in work.  Success and courage will bring happiness.  With the correct negotiation, there could be a business partnership.  An important contract, transaction or letter is indicated.  You have completed the necessary work, your foundation is good – you are ambitious, progressive and willing to take the lead hoping to improve conditions.  Experience the creative power of your emotions – good judgment and ability can translate your ideas into reality.

Questions to Answer:

  1. What two ideas are you bringing together in a new and different way?
  2. What are you planning to accomplish?
  3. What are you competent at?
  4. What conflicting desires do you wish to integrate?
  5. At what threshold do you stand?
  6. What options do you have?

In the first position: Lifetime will involve a conscious selection from spiritual path alternatives, with the ability to help others travel with and behind you as your movements will be open an obvious, although they may be subtle.  Your disciplines and observations in which you participate with the Divine will most likely be shared by others.

Card 2, without: King of Wands

Now I can look in my recent image uploads, just the thumbnails I can see when adding a new image to the library, and see this card showed up in the same position 3 readings ago, June 14th. That was my dad’s birthday btw. Also seen on June 3rd in the same position & on May 25th in the 1st position. He’s like the Queen of Disks; he shows up a lot.

Master of your own energy, soul, spirituality, creativity, life force, passions through knowledge and experience. Justice, righteousness, illumination of what was previously dark, misdeeds and bad intentions.

The King of Wands is an indication that you are someone who is very visionary and goal-oriented. You achieve a lot because you are very clear about your future direction and how you will get there. You do not waste your time on activities or relationships that you believe will lead no-where. You never just go with the flow, instead you prefer to embark on a strong and direct course of action.

The King of Wands reminds you to lead your life with intent, vision and a long-term view. Know that even though you are experiencing challenges now this is just a part of your journey to something much more positive. Eventually, you will see this time as just a little blip on the radar and it will have simply served to make you stronger. Stay focused on your long-term goals.

The King of Wands in the present position indicates that any project you are working on is an inspired choice and will take you far. Is this the possible tarot deck?

In the second position: You have someone – a family, a partner, an angel – that you can fall back on.  And this shoulder is one who can show you the greater scope in which your difficulties are resolved as lessons learned.  With him by your side no problem will be too great to handle.

Card 3, advice: 3 of Disks

Introduction: The 3 of Pentacles is a very positive card, particularly with regard to work and career questions, but it’s a good overall omen that you are in general, doing well.

General: The 3 of Pentacles tells you that the people around you appreciate you and your efforts, and notice the quality of what you do, even if you don’t get a paycheck. The Three tells you to keep doing what you’re doing as you are on the right track (although there is always room for improvement.) You don’t need to scrap something and start again.

Work: This is an extremely positive omen with regard to work and career questions. It tells you that your work is appreciated and generally well regarded, which is always a good place to find yourself. Similarly, if you are seeking employment, this card hints that you can expect success fairly quickly.

Finances: The 3 of Pentacles is a very good omen with regard to money; it can mean that your proverbial “ship is coming in,” though it carries with it the clear caveat that you still must do your part. This is not a card about windfalls, it’s a card about fair remuneration for the work that you have done and the quality of it. Keep a positive attitude, keep plugging along, and the rewards will come. Things are looking up.

Spirituality: Looking into ancient organizations and traditions may lead you into wonderful and very deep insight now. You don’t have to join some organization unless you wish to, these insights can be gleaned simply by reading about their belief systems and organizations. Learn more about rituals from the past. They will deepen your spiritual understanding and practice.

Three of Pentacles show us persistence – clear priorities and commitments – your mind, heart and spirit moving in the same direction.  You love your work, you are well informed and you can make great progress now.  You have great skill, ability and talent – use them.  Recognition is possible – your efforts will finally be rewarded.  You are aware of the harmony that can result when you use your best skills in cooperation with other capable partners.  You have the ability to create and work out practical plans for any project – advancing step by step because you recognize and value the role of each person in any endeavor.  You ground your vision in the practical world through physical effort.

Questions to Answer:

  1. How do you work with others? “Does not suffer fools gladly”. Am accustomed to respect granted in skilled, creative positions where I’m trusted to do my job and well.
  2. What are you working on? Pricing plan for potential freelance carpet design, again. I’ve been interested in getting back into that for ages, but high end carpets took a serious dive in the big bankster crash of 2008/2009. 
  3. What is your goal? Remote creative work, with possible travel in the future.
  4. What skills are you using? All of them & adding to my skillset constantly.
  5. Are you willing to persevere? Nothing better to do and if I’m granted this time to do art, I’m going to take it.

In the third position: Healthy progress/growth presents itself.  Produce now.  You are awakening to the work that is your craft.  Raise your will to the potential that will be released when you truly apply yourself.  Now is the time for you to take charge of your affairs.  The energy you invest will be rewarded.