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So it seems that the blog has taken something of a Summer break but don’t you fear it will be back up and running this coming week.  So look forward to the finished pictures of the Captain America Papercraft and if I can put it together a possible slide show showing the process of putting the said paper craft together.

Also, a few fellow artists of mine who have blogs:

LaMagnolia

Magnolia’s a great artist who graduated with me in ’09 with a degree in  Art Therapy.  She has various photos and artwork posted on her blog.  I’m thinking soon I’ll have to follow her lead and make some artist trading cards myself.

Boston Breakfast Sandwich Authority

The Bacon Phantom is a Graphic Designer colleague of mine who graduated with me in ’09.  Even though the blog is not your conventional art type of blog I would have to say the way he constructs his earlier sandwiches is something of an art form in itself.  Overall, it’s a hilarious and very entertaining blog, so check it out!

Bristling Beard

RyanDaly is another Graphic Design colleague who graduated with me in ’09.  His blog consists of his various drawings, inkings, literary musings, and most of all printmaking.  When he’s not busy riding his bike into traffic and growing out his beard to crazy lengths, he produces some great pieces of artwork.

All these websites and more are located on the blogroll section of this blog.  Enjoy checking out these other blogs and stay tuned for next week when Scribledude Design will be back up and running.

Until then enjoy your holiday weekend and if it’s not a holiday where you are enjoy your weekend none the less you all deserve it!

Hello all!   I hope everyone’s been having a good 2010 so far.

Sorry for the minor delay in updates, but life has been a little hectic and crazy during the holidays and I’ve been away from the computer for some time.

So for a new years resolution is for me to create a set schedule to get work done and for posts to be posted regularly.  My plan so far is to try to post two times a week and have one of those post include a picture of any work in progress or final images.

My other idea is to try out the daily challenge sent out my Smashing Magazine.

Design Something Every Day!

I’m thinking of attempting it for the month of January and weaving in the Daily Musings project into it to get me back on track.

Thoughts? Ideas? Questions?

Well that’s all for now and look forward for more posts coming this week.

Take it easy

So I’ve been reading a few articles on productivity and staying on task and it made me rethink my own methods and re-evaluate how some of them work.

Create a Morning Writing Ritual – FreelanceSwitch

10 Ways to Eliminate Distractions – FreelanceSwitch

The Freelancers Guide to Getting Into Flow – FreelanceSwitch

For the most part I’ve always been a list kind of person.  I’ll make a list for today’s work to be done and organize it by priority or due date of the assignment.  This has worked out for the most part, but the downside for me is having the messy desk and of course losing said list I just created.  I have also seen that my productivity is increased when I automatically take a shower first thing after getting out of bed.  Instead of being lazy and staying in my pjs all day, I lead a better, more productive day when I’m awakened by a blast of hot water and teeth brushing.

So after reading those few articles I have come to the conclusion that productivity spans farther than the simple list “To Do Today” and a warm shower.  I have revamped my methods and decided to incorporate all my new tips into my routine.

New Plan:

Morning: Wake up and get some exercise.  Weather it be a half an hour or an hour of running and weight lifting.  Take that warm shower I mentioned and get a good breakfast in me.  Instead of automatically going to facebook, deviantart, or whatever else that will throw me off track I’ll start writing for this blog and try to get 2-3 topics ready for future posts.

Day: After getting the morning routine off to a good start I’ll continue with a good lunch and continue job hunting / freelance job searching.  Follow it up with at least an hour of practicing doing anything graphic design or illustration related.  I’ve mostly been looking up design tutorials and either learning a new skill or refining an old technique to better achieve success through it.  Then after an hour of practice I’ll continue to work on previous assignments and daily projects that are in works.

Night:  Since the night-time seems to be when I relax the most it is only assumed I keep up with the trend of seeing it as non work/ relaxing time, but that doesn’t mean I should just sit around like a couch potato and watch tv for hours instead.  I’m limiting tv to just shows I know I like and I’m going to watch and try to focus more of my free time on basic drawing and free time illustration.  Thinking about it, why haven’t I started this sooner?

So overall this is my new productivity routine which has being going pretty well.

I’m interested in hearing any and all thoughts.

So what do you do to increase productivity in your life and work?

Is there any tips or suggestions you think I should be doing to increase my productivity more than what I am doing?

Take it easy

– Mike

Happy “Late” Thanksgiving to all!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and some time off to relax.  I know I did untill Black Friday came along and 3 am was a bit early to be shopping.  Although I did snag some sweet deals on DVDs, clothes, and video games.  So it was just another fun adventure into the insane battle arena that is Black Friday.

As of right now I’m back at the apartment and job searching as always and getting back into the design routine here.  A new portfolio book is in the works and other side projects / websites are being worked on.

Can You See What's Coming?Things To Come

Also Scribledude Design is up and running and the screenprinting section will be in and operational shortly.

Came across this really great article on how to improve your design skills by using some old Samurai wisdom and dedication.  Very inspiring and insightful.

How to be a Samurai Designer

Thats all for now. Take it easy!

“Life is the foremost source of inspiration.  Live to the fullest and it will show in your design work.”

So far so good.  The fan page is up at Facebook and Scribledude.com is going to be up as soon as I can redesign the resume.

Also “Daily” Musings will be back in full swing once I have the site up and running smoothly.  Thirty Illustrations Here We Come!!  I’m pumped to be getting back into the swing of things with this project cause I’m excited to see the book that will result from it.

Last but not least, I’m shooting to get back into screen printing again.  I want to try to schedule a usual time for me to get into the screen printing facilities and get something produced for the holidays.  So far my ideas are , as usual, t shirts and maybe custom holiday cards.  Any other ideas people would want to see me screen print?

Thats all for now, Keep ya updated!

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