Ten Link Tuesday: 2.2.16


1. Here are 10 graphic design podcasts you need to check out!

2. Ready to take your significant other on the town in LA? Check out these hot spots.

3. Shauna is launching a design course! Woohoo!

4. Interested in creating a vision board? Xandra’s guide is absolutely perfect!

5. Here is a fabulous guide for setting up your self-hosted WordPress guide!

6. Is it bad to pretend that you’re OK?

7. As a Polak, I love my pierogis. Here are meals better than takeout.

8. I’ve been super obsessed with the Grease Live performance!

9. Have you heard Zayn Malik’s debut solo track? It is too good.

10. How to transform from blogger to business.

Photo Credit: Juco Photo

Lot’s more links here!

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So You Want to Go to Art School…

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Hello you creative mogul! I hear that you’re interested in pursuing the wonderful career path of art! First of all, congratulations! I’m very excited that you have decided to choose this path. With all that being said, I’m sure you’re still a little fuzzy considering what art school is all about and what you need to actually pursue art schooling at a higher caliber. Look no further! I am here to lay out the basics steps to take when considering a path of creative-based education!

Art School Is Tough

This is one thing that you should know before you really decide that art school may be something for you. Don’t be fooled by the art school stereotype that it will be easy. I have found that many of my traditional classes are easier to get through than my art classes. Art courses require a lot of in class time and outside of class time so you better be ready to get real dedicated in your work and be able to act self disciplined when doing homework on weekends. It’s not just about “A” for effort here. If I scared you, I absolutely love art school and wouldn’t change it for anything because I am passionate about art. If you’re passionate about creating, you’ll do just fine!

Do Your Research

Now that you feel pretty committed to pursuing the arts, what might you want to concentrate your work? Illustration, sculpture, graphic design, painting? When researching schools, don’t forget to look at schools local and far and then see what scholarship opportunities they offer. Many private institutions are very generous with their scholarships. Also research the specific program for each school you’re looking at and see if it is notable for that line of work. Finally, research the field of study you would like to go into and research the data for the job market. Are there job opportunities in your field? As much as we like art, we all still need a plan to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. This research will also provide as good content to present to your parents you are trying to convince to let you attend art school.

Do You Have a Portfolio?

Most art programs in the United States require a portfolio submission during the admissions process. The school I attended required an digital submission of 10-15 various works of different mediums along with a letter of recommendation. Make sure that your portfolio contains only your strongest work. I recommend quality over quantity. It is much better to have 10 solid pieces of work instead of 15 half and half pieces. You may want to think about developing your own print portfolio if print is required for your admission.

Art Supplies Is Expensive

As much as art schools have plenty of wonderful resources to provide to students to make the most out of their work in school, you are expected to purchase a lot of supplies on your own that can very easily expand past the regular price of one textbook for a class. I recommend looking through your belongings to see if you have any supplies and look online for resources of cheaper supplies. I have many times found cheaper alternatives than what my professors recommended and did just fine in the course. Saved money, still producing the same work!

Do You Have Thick Skin?

This is something that takes getting used to once you’re in art school, and that is dealing with critiques. In art school, your work will be constantly critiqued by professors and fellow students. Your work will be welcomed with open arms in some cases while other cases may leave you wanting to rip your work into shreds and cut your ear off like Van Gogh. It’s okay! Your students and professors are only here to make you better in your work, not to insult you. The reality is that artistic careers are much more competitive than 9-5 careers and that requires your work to be criticized if you want to produce the best product that stands out from the rest.

Are You Passionate?

I briefly mentioned this earlier. If you are not passionate about your work, it is going to be much more difficult to survive in art school. Most of the students I have met who have been successful in their schooling live and breathe their work. I also see people who solely rely on their talent before attending school to get them through and they fall behind very quickly. If you are constantly working at bettering your craft, you will completely blossom in art school.


In Closing

There are plenty of amazing things about attending art school. Depending on your school, you will have access to a plethora of resources that will help better prepare you for the competitive career path which is art. You will find yourself wanting to give up and settle for something more stable, but it will all be worth it if you keep plugging along and work hard. Hopefully you chose this career path because you’re passionate about it. If it is your passion, much of the work will feel like play and you’ll never work another day in your life! With that, have a fantastic Monday!

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Project Spotlight: Clayton Gerard 2016 Rebrand

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Hello all! I am beyond excited to share with you my first big project of the year. I have been working the past couple months on developing a complete rebrand of Clayton Gerard. After doing some hardcore research and soul searching, I have something to present that I am very proud of. Let me tell you, personal branding is some hard work!

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Business card madness! When rebranding Clayton Gerard, I wanted to create an emphasis on the creator’s content. The logo represents an eye creating the message that the creator’s content is completely perpetuated by visuals. I used a gold gradient to signify the creator’s message of making “over the top” decisions to reap “over the top” benefits.

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With the rebrand, I also updated my social media design including my header photos and avatars for each of my sites. I find it very important with personal branding to keep it consistent across the board of social media.

With that, there is also plenty to share in these upcoming weeks! I hope you are as excited as I am! Have a wonderful weekend, all. 

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Two Years At ClaytonGerard.com

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About four years ago I decided to start blogging after taking my first graphic design course in high school. My teacher from that class showed us various design blogs throughout the course to show us that so many designers were sharing their content on the web. Since taking that class in 2011, I have really found my passion in design and writing.

Now that I have been writing for two years on this domain and eons more ago on other various domains, it is rather fun to look back at my old work with nostalgia(and fear) and see how much I have grown as a designer and writer over time.

I like writing up sequential reflections involving the anniversary of this blog. I feel like I have grown so much in the past year involving my work. What makes this year rather special, I am relaunching my brand along with some other fabulous goodies to be shared in the near future, and throughout the year. I have been collaborating with some amazing creatives over the past year on these projects and I cannot wait to share them with you!

Lastly, I would also like to give an enormous and warm thank you to those who read my blog, regularly and newcomers. My favorite part about having a presence on the internet is all of the fabulous people I have been able to meet. I’m apart of a bad ass tribe of women and men all over the world!

That being said, don’t be afraid to stop by and say hello!

Again, thank you for those who have stuck by me and supported me since the birth of this blog. I am immensely looking forward to what I have in store this year. I can’t wait for you guys to ride along with me. Happy hump day, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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Ten Link Tuesday: 1.26.16

1.  The Middle Finger project is sooooooo so good. It’s all about being a kick-ass babe.

2. Here are 5 ways be healthier at the office!

3. Xandra from HeroineTraining has brought back Letters from Jane Austen!

4. I’m loving DesignLoveFest’s new column where they post fun facts every Friday!

5. Why is it time to ditch the word ‘classy’?

6. Great read! How interior styling helped my grief become less overwhelming.

7. Gala Darling on being happy. Good good reminder for your week.

8. You are not lazy, you are human!

9. Getting bloggers block? Here are ways to keep fresh ideas for your blog.

10. Here’s a wonderful video teaching you how to hand letter in illustrator.

Photo Credit: The Little Design Corner

Lot’s more links here!

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