creativity

A Printable 100 Day Calendar!

In order to help myself plan, keep the end goal in mind, and stay motivated with the 100 Day Project, I created a simple & fun calendar that I'd love to share with you! 

If you're like me, there's a certain satisfaction to checking items off or extravagantly crossing them out--whether on lists or calendars. My enjoyment of elimination probably borders on extreme, but hey, it's the little things, right? (And don't worry, it never involves anything animate) 

About this Printable: It's formatted at 11x17" because oversized items make me happy. You can print it at this size or size it down. 

Download: 100 Day Project Calendar

We are 5 days away from April 4, this year's start of the 100 Day Project experience. What are you thinking??? If you are joining, comment below with your plans and I'll be your cheerleader.  

Happy Friday!   

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© 2017, Anika Zebron Design

The 100 Day Project Approaches!

An upcoming global art challenge that you can join? Hashtags to immediately connect you with other artists on Instagram? A personal challenge well-worth the time spent regardless of the exposure? Wanna hear more?

The 100 Day Project, popularized by artist & author Elle Luna, is a daily creative challenge shared on Instagram in a community of artists from around the world. The short version is that every artist dedicates time every day toward completing a "creative action" of his/her choice--these can be small pieces/projects completed daily or parts completed daily of a larger whole. It's up to you! The range of potential creative actions is also wide--anything & everything goes. 

I participated in the challenge last year by undertaking 100 days of typography--it was both a stretching and enriching experience. It wasn't always easy, but it was such an amazing learning experience & way to cultivate perseverance--if you're like me, this is a virtue to hone. And we all know what they say about practice making...well, maybe not perfect exactly, at least not right away, but it truly does help an artist evolve! 

To be completely transparent, because it is indeed an undertaking, I debated participating this year. I already have such a busy spring ahead of me that I thought adding this would be too much. The thought still lingered though, which is usually a sign that I should pay attention. Then I listened to an enlightening Q&A with Elle Luna & her co-collaborator Lindsay Thomson and my thoughts immediately aligned. Nothing like a little nudge to help you know your own mind! I'll take it.  

So, I'm in! What am I about to commit to? Here's the big reveal: (not yet posted elsewhere)

My Plan: To randomly select one Pantone color card daily and write a short poem/musing about what that color makes me think of, feel, and remember. I'll be photo-ing the cards and superimposing the poems overtop. 

I really love this idea and am anticipating getting started! I have my deck of 100 cards on the coffee table and keep eyeing them... I can't take full credit for the project, as it was one mentioned during the Q&A I listened to, but of course the project will be personalized to me and presented in my own style. Fun stuff! You can follow my journey on Instagram where I will post in sets of 4 days (for 25 posts total) from April 4 to July 12. 

If you too are intrigued by this project or are thinking about committing, I encourage you to check it out at the100dayproject.org. If you do decide to participate, let me know! 

                                      Happy Tuesday,


© 2017, Anika Zebron Design

*Illustrations by Elle Luna, courtesy of the100dayproject.org

 

Feeling GIF-Y! And you can too!

We all have our favorite GIF's, especially thanks to iMessage and it's library of laughs. GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format (I just looked that up), and this week, I made my own from scratch

That's italicized because it made me feel pretty cool

Two years ago when I first tackled Adobe Photoshop, it felt like a leap into another universe, and a sinister one at that, as suggested by this reflection I wrote down: 

Photoshop is a BEAST, albeit a useful one.

This was documented as part of a therapy-through-words after a five hour intensive crash course through the Adobe PS Labyrinth. So. Many. Mysterious. Icons.

Thankfully I had tech-savvy Elton as my helper at the time. Nowadays it seems the tables have turned, as suggested by a remark by Elton a two days ago:

Wow, you know why more about Photoshop than I do now—how did you do that???

The "that" he spoke of was my GIF! 

Oh, good times! Making these by hand might seem like it would be overly complex, however, it's actually as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Start with the photos! Take your photos & edit them to taste. You can either take one photo and edit it with different filters/effects, which is how I achieved mine; this creates the effect of shifting lights & shadows while the main focal point stays unchanged and unmoving.

Or, you can take multiple photos with movement involved so that your images jump from one image to another and create that stop-animation-like "GIF" effect. For fun, I tried this technique with a series of photos featuring "Elton, the Sometimes, but Not Too Often, Reader": (he loves it)

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2. The Techy Part! Follow these easy directions from Hubspot.com: Make a PS GIF! You will need to have Adobe PS, of course. There are apps to make GIF's too, by the way. Here are a few top rated ones: GIF Apps

Personally, I preferred using Photoshop because I could control all of the things, which, as established last post, is kind of my thing.

3. Share it! Export and upload wherever you'd like to entertain/make bewildered friends & family with your GIF!

YAY.

So, thinking about giving it a shot? If you do, I would LOVE to see it. Email your GIF to info@anikazebron.com for a chance to have it featured here! 

Happy Creating & Happy Wednesday! 


© 2017, Anika Zebron Design

 

On Creative Work: Ira Glass's "The Gap"

We all feel it starting out. 

If we're honest. 

This feeling is persistent. Frowns appear. Heads shake. Whispers of "Imposter!" feel like frustrating roommates you don't remember inviting to move in. This feeling sticks around and doesn't dissolve quickly. Not yet.

This is how it goes with creating. There's more learning still to do, more practice before the perfection (...whatever that is). 

What are we talking about?

= The Gap.

Ira Glass refers to The Gap as that annoying state where our creative work falls short of expectations--it's not good enough! And this realization can be really depressing. But, if we can push through, the gap will eventually close, only after lots of work--both the verb and noun kind of work. 

Paradoxically, the persistence of The Gap can push us to persist in what we do and make; first as a way to cope, then as a way to creatively live. 

I'll turn it over to Mr. Glass who says it best, and also to Daniel Sax, the videographer & producer behind this fantastic accompanying film. Enjoy, be encouraged, and keep making stuff! 


© 2017, Anika Zebron Design