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The flow of ideas – or how to be productive when lazy

The flow of ideas – or how to be productive when lazy

Often I have a really great idea but it flounders at the execution stage. It’s as if once the idea has been mapped out as a draft my creative self considers the need for the idea met. The result is a plethora of half born creations. I look at these and feel a bit guilty…all that thinking gone to waste.

Then there are times when I’m just messing around, trying to figure out techniques and the result is a complete illustration which can be rolled out as a finished design. Happy little accidents I call these. This week I had two of them.

Delighted that I was so very productive, I thought I would try to finish one of my other little projects. Not sure why that seemed more like work but there you are. I’m fickle. In the absence of other finished projects go check out my happy little accident here.

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Illuminati / Illuminasty

Illuminati / Illuminasty

A friend of mine started a train of thought by poking fun at the whole Illuminati debate and added me to the new ‘Illuminati – Durban Branch’ facebook page. As is the case with this kind of thing, my mind started running and I couldn’t let our new branch be without a logo.

Once the logo was made more light bulbs lit up in my brain and the result was the Illuminati / Illuminasty design. It’s perfect for days when you can’t decide whether to be good or bad – you can flip it any way you like. Get yours today.

The secret handshake is not included.

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Irritable Vowels and Owls

Irritable Vowels and Owls

I have realised that I’m only happy when I’m making things. Not the kind of things you make at work. Those don’t count because they have to follow so many rules. I’m talking about the kind of things that make you grin. Naughty t-shirts. Paintings for friends. Pewter projects for the kitchen. Fun things.

And this weekend fun things came knocking at my door. A friend posted an image on my facebook page this weekend with a request for a t-shirt. Now that’s what I call a good friend. Instead of laying about wondering which project to work on I had a new project: Irritable Owl Syndrome. What fun! Also, it had swear words and I’m still 10 years old when it comes to swear words *snigger*.

Strangely enough fun things get made in record time too. The Irritable Owl was saying “Fuck Off” to the world 3 hours later at which point Kevin pointed out that I didn’t have to stop there. I could make ALL the irritable things. ALL OF THEM. So now the world also has an Irritable Vowel Syndrome t-shirt. You’re welcome.

Next weekend will probably bring more foul mouthed humour and irritable things. Can you handle the excitement?

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Squirrels and tricked out walking aids (crutches)

Yes, you read that right. I’ve spent the past week on crutches and the experience has left me with sore hands and a dislike for what seems to be the standard walking aid. I decided that there had to be better ways of getting around than this. Surely? The interwebs did not disappoint me. Admittedly, all these lovely blinged out crutches can mostly be found in the USA, but that’s why they invented couriers, right?

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Fleshing out ideas | Part 2

It’s been more than a week again and I am still working on my next t-shirt design as and when there is  time. I still find it amazing that more often than not, what started of as a good idea in my head, turns out to be completely different once it’s on paper. As a reminder here is my initial preparation sketch for this idea (click on the images to see the larger view). After much tweaking, quite a bit has changed from my original idea.

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