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I chatted to Durban-based illustrator, hand-lettererer and graphic designer Fathima Kathrada about the way she's strategically used 30 day challenges to stretch her creative capacity, to hone her craft and to overcome things some of things we all struggle with, like procrastination.
This week I’ve really been focusing on fine-tuning how I go about dealing with queries, contracts, gathering content from clients to make sure that I have a system that works, and that is clear to me and those I’m working with. There is something so calming and satisfying about getting your ducks in a row and figuring out which systems and tools work best for you when it comes to your business processes.
In a recent post, I talked about how to take original photos for your blog graphics. Although I love great stock photography, I find that there are three main concerns with it: The same images come up time and time again; Buying stock photos regularly becomes rather expensive; and You miss an opportunity to use original material.
And for business owners who already wear so many hats from designer, product developer, sales person, to mom, employer, accountant, photographer and everything in between it can seem like just another thing to be done. A chore. And an expensive chore at that. The options out there are also overwhelming...
Have you ever wondered how people get those beautiful bold blog graphics, the ones with text overlay, that are themed and all fit nicely together? Well, if you haven't, I certainly have so I thought I'd do a bit of investigating. I also wanted to see if I could come up with my own DIY-ed images, and then share my process with you.
The most surprising part of the process was coming to realize just how much of what we see as ‘talent’ is really just dedicated practice. Sure, talent exists, but often we just don’t see the sheer hours people have poured into mastering a skill, mistaking it as something innate.
I chatted to digital marketer, photographer and film-maker, Charl du Preez, about the photo-a-day challenge he set for himself this year. He's just passed the halfway mark so it was a good time to pause and reflect on topics like perfectionism and letting go, the role of self-discipline in intentional creativity, as well as the daily grind of 'starting again' in order to finish something worthwhile.
Heidi Shedlock is an artist, teacher and mum of two. Over and above her usual creative work, about two years ago Heidi started a daily practice of painting a small postcard sized work and then kept going for 568 consecutive days! I spoke to her about how she began her “Paintings in the Post” project, about community and accountability, and about the ebb and flow of the creative life.