How I Feel About Papyrus

This is absolutely hilarious. I also like how they had the ending in comic sans .

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Focus on Getting better Not Bigger

This is a quote I heard recently from the Creative Peptalk podcast. When I first heard it I was at a loss for words. The reason why is because I focused so much on getting bigger instead of better. The aspect of having a lot of followers has been a thing that many of us want. When in actuality we should focus on getting better.

Because the idea of focusing on getting better is more important. Those who focus on getting more followers than having better work will have catching up to do. The reason why I focused so much more on producing better work is because I know I am producing great work. Having confidence in your work is what makes the difference.

There’s nothing wrong with being confident, but being a cocky asshole makes no sense. Because we all start somewhere and have produced sub-par work. But lets not get off topic here and stay focused.

There have been times on instagram that I am shocked by the amount of followers people have. But then I do a little digging and realize that they either know how to market themselves well and or they are caught up in the numbers. Because its easy to see who’s caught up in the numbers and appearing bigger than they actually are. The like to follower ratio is the giveaway.

Focusing on producing better work and dedicating yourself to being better than those with bigger followings will allow you to have leverage. I say leverage because whenever you have someone come across your work they will be in love. The main thing with all of this is to not forget that you have to share you work. Do not be afraid to do such a thing. Because I know that you have work many people would love to see.

 

Just get started and stop waiting

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All you have to do is just get started. The habit of starting will give you the small amount of motivation that can lead to a lot. By that I mean the most difficult thing that we experience is just the habit of starting. Many of us have great things we want to accomplish. While we think of how great they can be we fall into the habit of wishful thinking.

As a graphic designer/calligrapher I constantly have new ideas and things that I want to create. Being able to create something new is not hard for me. The main thing is to not get burnt out trying to do too much. Then the situation of not letting my  creativity control me and me not having control of it.

When you do the simplest things such as if you want to get the ball rolling with posting daily to social media whether its instagram, twitter and etc find out a way to make it simple as possible to do that. When I learned how to do such a thing with instagram posting daily became way easier.

Recently I learned the concept of working backwards from the end goal. I mean that was not the first time I heard of that concept. The main thing is I never knew that is what I was doing. Whenever you realize what the end goal is and work backwards it becomes easy.

A great example lets see if you want to post daily to instagram is to first look at the end goal which is to post daily. The way to post daily is to have images in your camera roll ready to post. Then you want to already have the hashtags created. You can have them pre-written in your notepad.  So whenever you post to instagram all you have to do is select your picture and then write an interesting caption and then copy your hashtags from your notepad.

The thing that you have wanted to just requires you to get started. Stop waiting and get started.

Getting featured on periscope while streaming calligraphy

 

The past week I had tried out streaming my morning practice sessions on periscope. Because if you don’t follow me on snapchat and Instagram you’d know I post what I’m working on every morning (most of the time ). I loved how it happened organically and I wasn’t fully awake and aware what getting featured meant.
Because I was just hanging out with friends and just doing what I usually do. Then I get a notification saying you’ve been featured and then another saying that periscopetv has retweeted your stream.
Immediately I got nervous and was thinking to hard about what I was doing. Because imagine going from having like 5-6 people viewing then it goes up to 80 then 100 in a matter of minutes. Something like that happening was great for me to see. I say that it was great to get featured and I’m thankful for periscope taking the time to do such a thing for me.
There honestly is nothing I did to get featured other than stayed consistent with streaming and just having fun.
You shouldn’t be so focused on having immediate success. Just focus on building one brick at a time. While building you have to have patience.

How to Refill Pilot Parallel Pens for CHEAP

In this video I go over how to refill pilot parallel pens for cheap. The need to purchase cartridge refills for pilot parallel pens as shown in this video is pretty useless. I say that it is useless to do so because you can save money by refilling them. Also you will not be limited by the color selection either.

Swim in your Own Current

As a creative person and or a person in general we tend to not follow what we enjoy. By that I mean we follow what is so called trendy at the time. Then we conform our mentality and work to be cool. But don’t let me come across as I am saying it is bad.

What I am saying is that you should stay in your own lane. Staying in your own lane aka swimming in your own current. Instead of following doing what everyone else is doing do your own thing. There’s nothing wrong with following trends but if you do it your own way you’ll stand out more.

Which will show you basically putting your own mix on what is trendy. Then you’ll have people copying what you are doing. When people start copying you, you know that you are doing something right.

So do not be afraid to stay in your own lane and or swimming in your own current. The fear is nothing to be afraid of. Especially standing out and doing things your own way, that’ll be more fulfilling than just following what society puts upon you.

How to trust your judgement as a graphic designer

The judgment of not knowing if our work is good enough. The judgement of will the client like what we produced. The judgement of will the product I’ve sent out be received well.
The fear of not doing a good enough job is normal. You have to learn how to trust yourself and believe in your work. I know doing such a thing is difficult to do.

But overtime the more you began to trust yourself your judgement will be stronger. For example with venturing into a new field of creativity you first doubt your beginner pieces. Well I for one did doubt mine. Then overtime the more you practice and develop your confidence you began to know that looks good and what does not. By practicing and developing your skills your judgement gets stronger.

When your judgement gets stronger and you began to trust yourself, don’t be mean to other creative individuals. If you are critiquing work give them a solution on how it could be better. If they do not ask for a critique then keep it to yourself. I say such a thing because you do not know what are the options they had to work with and etc.

So with everything said you must trust yourself in your judgement. Therefore you will be able to have the trust of judgement from others.