I'm back after a little creation hiatus, which was the result of attending a mini-conference a couple months ago. It was the Creative Entrepreneur Expo held at the Durham Arts Council (DAC) on May 16, 2013. My intention by going to this expo was for inspiration, but I did not expect it to have an opposite effect on me. The two speakers you see pictured above shed some great knowledge and helpful tips for creatives. The number one tip I took to heart was, "If the process you are using is working for you, then great." That is... if it is getting you clients that are satisfied when you deliver their work and growing business, keep at it! "If it's not, PIVOT!"
That day was my pivoting point. I already knew spec work was not working for me. At least I made the effort and had a working portfolio. I was not necessarily throwing in the towel, but I decided to take a break to figure out what new process I could find or come up with that would work for me. As weeks passed, nothing inspired me enough and I began to wonder whether art would come back to me (even though I did work on small projects, like this caricature of a UNC radio talk show host, Ron Stutts or The Real Laww's campaign banner for the Carolina Music Awards [both below]).
Luckily, I finally found some inspiration as I serendipitously met a woman while I was work who was looking for an illustrator to work on her newly-written children's storybook. I feel blessed that we connected and are now able to collaborate on her project. Anyway, that is currently in the works. Be on the look out for updates!
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