Adobe Illustrator and I are making up just a little. I give it little smooches here and there. I figured I could learn how to use it much like I learned how to use Photoshop. Online tutorials. What a better way to learn a complex program than from some of the best graphic artists out there. Lucky for me many of them provide such a thing.
So I’ve been in a sketch frenzy. I have a black sketch book that I carry with me everywhere. Sadly it is running out of pages. I keep everything in there. In fact, most every header I’ve done started out as some doodle in this book. Now you with think that with as much drawing that I do I would have been a random doodle kind of person as a kid. Nope. I didn’t scribble of the margins of my papers. I have always kept some kind of separate sketch device handy. Or I will draw on blank pieces of paper and scatter then about my office.
In my little sketch book I keep track of all the funny slogans the trusty husband and I come up with for this site. (and you thought I was just that clever) I peruse the list every so often and come up with one that strikes my fancy. I draw a little sketch and get to work. However, there are often times that a new slogan will come up and take the place of what I was previously working on. Such as this month. I had my February design all done and ready to go around the beginning of January and then the conversation of “Just say NO to Wisconsin” came up. Good news is if I get lazy this month I have something waiting in the wings for March. The tough part is deciding what slogan to use next. And let me say I have some doozies waiting. “Fucking up the Bell Curve,” “Girly Girl at Heart,” “Would you Could you,” and a few of the others are mine. But “Dysfunction Junction,” and “Don’t make me bitch slap you” came from the trusty husband. Most of the ones waiting came from him too. The trick is finding just the right look to go with the slogan.
I can see this whole Illustrator thing being a bonus. I can draw faster, the brushes (while different) make life a little easier, and changing colors is a snap. Once again I am excited about conundrum I got myself into when I said I’d change the look once a month. Sometimes it is beneficial to have a short attention span.