Oct 21, 2012


A lot of difficult adjustments have been made over the past few months.  Sitting in my 3rd–going–on–4th month of marriage, my 1.5 month with my new job(s) and heaped in as much crazy as I can cram into my planner, it has been just as challenging as it has been exciting.

The biggest struggle is not really knowing anyone in the area.  When I moved in, I knew my husband, our landlords (who are great, by the way) and 10 people that Todd worked with (and only 4 by name).  Though the circle of my acquaintances has grown, deeper friendships have been slow to come.  But between our schedules—work, cross country, freelance, Todd's grad class and more cross country—there are not a lot of opportunities for us to spend time with people our own age.

The hard part is that even if we did have time, we don't have those friendships in place yet to even take advantage of...  Though I am getting to know the teachers who I work with, it is slow going.  I don't work very closely with any of them and my lunch hour is different every day (of my 3 days there) so I rarely see the same teachers each day.  However, I am getting to know them, slowly but surely!  And I have the most wonderful husband to spend time with—really, he has been an answer to even the smallest prayers in so many ways.  I depend upon him a lot, and I love him bunches.  I also love him enough not to expect him to fulfill all of my needs—even my people needs.  And I need more people than he does! lol

I would feel a lot more pathetic if it wasn't for the fact that these girls are really wonderful.  Above is a photo of some of the cross country girls and myself right before one of their races.  I love them, and will miss them a ton next year (those in the pictures are seniors this year).

Oct 15, 2012

Still Working

Here is a recent illustration that I did for one of my freelance clients.  There is an event commemorating the last Liberty Tree that fell in 1999, and I was asked to design the bookmarks that they are handing out as gifts at the event.  I felt an illustration fit the subject best (and I honestly was itching to get the good ol' colored pencils out again!

This design is directly taken from the final tree that fell (something that the client appreciated, so that was nice) and then further enhanced by the addition of the roots and the liberty bell mock among them.  "Rooted Deep in Liberty" is what keeps running through my mind as I was creating this.  Also works well because the top of the bell itself is created from "Liberty Tree" wood. The client is now considering buying the rights to the piece to use for other events, or to even buy the original drawing!  Fun stuff, we'll see if anything comes of it.

It was great to break out this style again—it is really developing into my default for hand illustration and I am loving the fact that I can be literal, but can break the rules of nature to play around with my ideas.

The teaching hasn't kept me from creating!  I am enjoying both my days with the students and my days at home, surrounded with little house-work things and with graphic design / illustration.  More to come shortly—I am currently working on a new personal identity system—now that I have a new name to play around with :)