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First. Ask, "What do I do best?"

Second. Have a plan, it helps. Both long-term and short-term.

Third. Take the time to Think about it - it's ok to say, “I’ll call you back.”

Forth. Know the value of your art work.

Fifth. Do your homework and get to know the company you plan to work for. 

Sixth. Find a company that treats you well, with the right culture fit.

Seventh.  It’s OK to do some jobs at a discount in an effort to gain some experience for a job later.

Eighth. Make a wise decision, for that first job you take will determines your pay rate for the rest of your career. 


 
 
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 A true friend won’t judge you; they’ll listen & encourage you.

It takes six people around you to have wholeness.

Live like you care. Better yet, just care it’s easier.

Remember your values, they make you who you are.

Find people that are good for you. I once read one of the best way you can grow is by surrounding yourself with people that you want to be like.

To have a friend, is to be a friend.

Get advice from people that you trust & have been there before.

Know when to give people grace & help them.

Keep things balanced.

Spend more time with family, than on your work. Family is more valuable. Work comes and goes.    


 
 
Sometimes I run into, well a creative block - kind of like writers block- and I need to find something to help me re-spark that creative outlet again. So I decided to come up with some ideas that will help out within these difficult moments. 
#1. Take a walk along a new path, with your camera or sketchpad.
#2. Read something new and inspirational. 
#3. Re-visit some old ideas and renew them into something spectacular.
#4. Doodle a line with your eyes closed then open your eyes and make something out of it. 
#5. Open up any book and touch the first word you see, then try to make it into something you can use: a poem, rhyme, song, story, drawing.
#6.  Sign up for a community art class and learn something new from another artist.
#7. Try to view an everyday item as something you'd reinvent into something futuristic.
#8. Take two items or words and combine them into something new.
#9. Watch something that makes you laugh - you may just need to enjoy yourself.
#10. Take a mini vacation someplace either inspiring or dull. (If it's dull you maybe inspired as to how you can spice it up)
#11. Try something fun that you haven't done before, like a hot air balloon ride. You'll get a whole new perspective on things. 
#12. Visit with others. It's amazing how brainstorming ideas can be so uplifting.
 
 
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I really enjoyed the idea of making an image transform into a new form. So I experimented here and decided to create a storybook that’s able to transform itself into a duck. Quite fitting since this storybook is entitled “The Golden Egg” and is a fictitious story I am making about a golden egg that goes through many obstacles as an egg up until he’s finally able to hatches into to a duck. At which point he flies away from all the obstacles that he has had to deal with as an egg in an effort to start his own new adventure within the next stage of his life, as a duck.

 


 
 
As an art student one of the things that we learned about in Illustrator is how to use the envelope distortion tool. Our assignment was to use a quote from BrainyQuotes.com with an image then take that quote and use it within the image by using the envelope distortion tool. The idea that I had came up with was for an anti-bulling poster. I found a wonderful picture online and quote that I felt worked very well together. 

"The only way to have a friend is to be one." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson