Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Line Drawing Class with Lisa Congdon

Last month I signed up for CreativeBug to take illustrator Lisa Congdon's Line Drawing class. I knew it wasn't going to be a hardcore illustration class, but figured it'd be a nice break from my day to allow my mind to play on paper. With my day jobs (yes, multiple) taking up more of my time this year, I've been consumed with getting tasks done. It can be a bit draining once you realize that you haven't given much time to the things you like to do simply because they bring you joy.

Now I have to admit that I started out the first two weeks of Congdon's online sessions strongly…and then fell off for a couple weeks before I came back to it. Good thing a subscription allows you access to all classes past and present. Not only did I like watching her create, but the snippets of wisdom she shared were also reassuring to hear from a self-taught and now-seasoned artist. Below are two on perfectionism that resonated with me so much that upon hearing it the first time, I had to replay them again so I could jot them down.

On being too critical about your work: "Most artists, we look at our work with a certain critical eye and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a bad thing if it paralyzes you from doing anything at all. You want to have this balance of knowing that you haven't arrived or that something could always be better or more interesting, but also not let that prevent you from putting anything out into the world at all. So I have to force myself to sometimes put things out into the world that I know aren't perfect and that's part of the creative process. And I think the general public understands that artists don't just sit down and know how to paint overnight nor do they make a painting in one sitting that looks perfect."

On embracing imperfections: "When you're drawing from your imagination, one of the important things to remember is that things will come out imperfectly. In a way, it's the imperfections in your drawing that are going to make it really interesting and quirky. And why I think a lot of people like hand drawn line drawings as an art form because they are so interesting in their imperfections."

To sign up for a month long subscription to Creative Bug ($9.95/month) and access Lisa Congdon's class, which contains four videos, downloads, and video recordings of her chat sessions in which she answered students' questions, visit creativebug.com. This current five-week course on building a creative brand ($175) looks interesting as well.

Monday, April 14, 2014

20 Best Twenty Feature

Hi all! Just popping in to let you know that 20 Best Twenty has chosen Porcupine Hugs for its spring "Oh Baby!" cycle. Twenty indie designers are spotlighting some cute baby gear for the month so come check out our sweet cards for new baby and find other great handmade gifts. To browse and discover baby goodies, visit 20best20.com.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fifty Women Who Inspire & Inform

In honor of International Women's Day, which was March 8, Oh My! Handmade Goodness has created a list of 50 Women Who Inspire & Inform and they've included me! It's crazy considering how many wonderful women who've inspired me these last few years are right there alongside me. I'm very honored and have been browsing through the list and finding other survivors and creative entrepreneurs that I need to add to my collection of badass women I need to know.

Who would you add to the list?

Image: ohmyhandmade.com

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Waiting On Spring

I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for warmer days. Now that March has rolled in (already??), I think it's time Winter gave up its stronghold and let Spring do her thing. I'm looking forward to picnics in the park and sitting under a tree to sketch out new ideas. I love nature and constantly find myself doodling inspirations I've gathered from my walks and travels, but I'm also trying to push myself to play with new styles and incorporate elements like calligraphy, different forms of illustration and sizes (I'm always drawn to the super tiny!). While it's good to hone a style that will make your brand cohesive and recognizable, I also think you shouldn't be afraid to explore outside of your boundaries - even if it's just for play. Who knows? You might find yourself incorporating the things you've discovered into your work for a beautiful melding of various styles that is all your own.

Are you on Instagram? Then follow me there for sneak peeks at upcoming products and see what I've been working on these days. There's lots in store for the coming months and I can't wait to finally show them to you!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Find a New Creative Friend with OMHG's Match + Maker

Creative pow wows are one of my favorite ways to catch up with my artistic friends, brainstorm new ideas, get feedback on current projects, and just chat about our ventures. We all have good friends, but it's so nice to hang out with people who just get it and who can talk about, say, paper, patterns, fabric, stationery, or what have you for HOURS on end. That said, sometimes it's hard to maintain these in-person chats when friends move away or you're too busy with work to figure out how and where to meet cool new friends. If you're looking to make a new friend in your area who is just as passionate about creativity as you are, then check out Oh My! Handmade Goodness's free Match + Maker service that'll pair you up with a local maker! There's so much we can learn from each other if we took a little time to reach out, share, and connect.

To sign up, click here.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Teddy the Porcupine

Teddy Bear the Porcupine is quickly becoming my favorite thing right now. The little rascal and his squeaks as he munches away on his veggies are just too cute. He currently resides at Zooniversity, a wildlife education company and exotic animal rescue located in Dallas, Texas, and pops into YouTube to offer up a dose of adorbs from time to time.

P.S. This little guy who thinks he's a puppy is also a cute overload. Enjoy your Monday!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Snow Day Calendar Sale

It's days like today that I count myself lucky to work from home. Last night, New York City received its first major snowfall of the season and schools and highways have been closed while the city clears the roads. Honestly, we didn't really get super walloped and it's clear and sunny today, but can't knock school workers and kids for enjoying their snow day just days after their holiday vacation. It might not be snowing anymore, but 20-degree weather is enough for me to stay huddled in my fuzzy robe.

So here I am in my warm home office watching the snow fall past my window as it gets pushed off the roof. Looking around I definitely need to decorate my walls soon and am still on the hunt for great prints and artwork. (Please send any you love my way!) Right now the only thing hanging above my desk is the Porcupine Hugs calendar, but considering all the freshly fallen snow we got to play with last night, I think this blissful snowman is quite appropriate.

If you're still shopping around for your 2014 calendar the Porcupine Hugs hand-illustrated wall calendar is now on sale for $10 while supplies last!