In an effort to follow my own mantra for 2014, "let's make stuff," I've had to really prioritize and carve out time dedicated to making. There are only but so many hours in the day, and because I'm not willing to sacrifice more sleep than I already do, some things have to get pushed to the side.
Lately, when I have an hour or two to do whatever, I find myself having to choose between a blog post and making art. Since my blog updates have slowed down I'm sure you know which one is winning.
Although the daily posts have been diminishing, I find that when I am being a maker I have a little more to say when I actually do have time to post. So it feels like a win win situation, even though I hate neglecting Fly.
With that said, I wanted to share a project I finished up last week. It was a commissioned drawing of the amazing social activist, Ida B. Wells. What I love about being a designer and an artist is the opportunity to immerse myself in a range of subject matters. As a designer you have to be flexible and ready to engage in your clients industries to really understand and produce what they need, and as an artist my work can only grow with new experiences and exposure to different ideas. Sadly, I did not know much about Ida B. Wells before starting this assignment. Therefore, this project was a great excuse to find out more about her work as a writer, speaker, journalist, and activist in relation to civil and women's rights in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
I love history and truly appreciated the opportunity to offer my visual interpretation of this incredible woman.
What have you been working on and how are you managing your days to make sure you have enough time to create?