I've always envied people who can draw. Just watching their process is mesmerizing. I love the movement of the pen, the deep concentration on the canvas, and the clarity you must have to take something that's inside your head and put it on paper. Maybe that's why I got a job where I get to work with art directors. However, even though I love art, I am a really shitty illustrator.
I want to change that. So, I'm going to start a small project — Shitty Art or #ShArt, for short — where I take idioms and puns that make me groan or smile (or hopefully both) and turn them into illustrations.
The goal is for me to become a better illustrator and hopefully a better thinker. I'm going to do one a week and honestly critique them toward the end of the year. Fair warning: this is going to get ugly. But, I've never been one to hide my failures.
The hardest thing about starting a new chapter is not knowing what's on the other side. Will you fail, or even worse, will you succeed? If you let it, that question alone makes life stand still — for days, months, maybe even a lifetime. When faced with a gate, don't ask yourself what will happen after you go through it. Ask yourself what will happen if all you do is keep asking.
Videos featuring inspirational people and images with badass quotes practically share themselves. This FINLANDIA Vodka video by W+K London and the corresponding Facebook album nail that insight.
Now, excuse me while I go find a car to tow with nothing but a rope and my bare hands.
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One of my favorite technology ad campaigns of all time is the HTC You campaign (see below). I remember thinking the first time I saw the spot, "They get it!". The perspective of the phone's
Then I saw this newer HTC ad last week (also below). I couldn't help but be disappointed. It's virtually the same script from 2009. But it's all wrong. It's like the ad lost its soul. But it did teach me one thing — a script can only be so good. Yes, the script establishes the feel, but that feel has to be carried throughout — from the way the VO is