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How to Have More Fun

Digitla Nomad Illustration_Kelly Angelovic This illustration was our last assignment in Lilla Roger's Assignment Bootcamp. Class started back in January, and (as was my experience last year) it has been a fantastic way to push myself and work on projects that are outside of my comfort zone. This month's assignment was to create an editorial illustration for an online article entitled "How To Succeed At Becoming A Digital Nomad."  

With Bootcamp wrapping up, we are now in the thick of summer (with the 90 degree weather to prove it).

What does summer mean to you?

I think of hot lazy days, dripping popsicles, staying outside until dark--and having FUN!!

Lately, I've been inviting more fun into my life. My husband is always trying to make me laugh, and I have two little ones who base their entire existence on having a good time.

So this should be easy. Right?

But sometimes...every so often, I can be the tiniest, slightest bit...uptight. I can get myself all worked up about all that needs to get done  (which, by the way, isn't ever possible--the list never ends, so let it go already), or looming deadlines, or climate change, or how many vegetables my kids actually ate today...and on and on.

My kids are the very best at this--having fun. They are my greatest teachers (in so many ways).

This week my son (1.5 years old) and I have been making fish faces at each other, and he laughs and giggles like it's the greatest thing, EVER.

Then there's my daughter, who does a happy dance right there on the spot, when I tell her her friend is coming over to play.

There is no shortage of pain in this world. The key is to keep laughing--to have fun through the hurt and the tears.

So when I'm having a rough day, or I get some news about a friend that breaks my heart, I take some deep cleansing breaths, and then I get down and play with my kids.

We draw with chalk on the sidewalk and we splash in puddles. Sometimes we have dance parties where we turn the music up really loud and we shimmy and shake--no one cares if anyone is watching. We are wild and free.

What are you doing this summer? Are you having enough fun?? I'd love to hear from you.

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I've shared my other Bootcamp projects from the past six months below (also lots of fun!!):

Ocean Garden Dinnerware Collection_Kelly Angelovic

Collection of plates featuring a floral pattern and sea creatures (a side note about this one--I want to work on this a bit more. I'm not completely happy with some of the elements and I think I can push this a bit more to create a collection that I REALLY dig). I'll let you know how it turns out ;)

Global Art Gathering_Kelly Angelovic

Hand lettered poster design for the MATS Global Art Gathering that took place in the UK this summer.

Kelly_Angelovic_February

Funky kitchen wall art.

Jewel Themed Fancy Feathers Journal Cover Kelly Angelovic

Whimsical journal cover design.

Please contact me if you are interested in licensing any of the above artwork. I am also available for commissioned projects!

It Makes my Soul Sparkle

Recently, I was featured in Work Life 3: the Uppercase directory of illustration. When the call for submissions came, I figured that, other than some potential ego bruising, I had nothing to lose. And, what if....they said yes?

I almost fell out of my chair the day I got the email from Janine Vangool (creator/designer/editor/creative powerhouse) of Uppercase magazine, accepting my submission.

My feet didn't touch the ground for days.

Based on their work and an interview for the publication, each selected artist received a different assignment for their featured illustration. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Take your comment, "illustration is my never-ending playground" as the starting point for your illustration. Show yourself keeping busy and having fun in the creative environment."   - assigned to Cecilie  Ellefsen

"Using images and handlettering, illuminate your statement: "I'm still explaining what I do for a living."   -assigned to Katy Dockrill

" Envision your own folklore or fairy tale and make a self-portrait in which elements of you (ie your hair, limbs, clothes, and/or body) depict the story."   -assigned to Katie Skau

And my assignment, based on my answer to the question How and why did you become an illustrator or an artist?:

"Draw a portrait illustrating this: "I get this buzz...an electric current of excitement that lights me up from head to toe. I am an illustrator because it makes my soul sparkle."

I knew I wanted to show my character in the air, with pure joy exploding from her head. So I started with some rough pencil sketches.

Work Life 3: Pencil Sketches

From here, I moved onto the computer and created several digital sketches. I often work in grayscale while I am figuring out the composition of an illustration because I get too sidetracked by the power of color.

Work Life 3: Grayscale Sketch

This is still very rough, but my "character" is beginning to take shape. I wanted to convey enthusiasm, joy, and the process of ideas incubating and hatching.

Drawing in my sketchpad or sitting in front of my laptop, I am usually working alone. This can be incredibly isolating. For this piece especially, I needed some feedback so I showed my sketches to a few trusted souls, including Janine. We decided that I needed to flesh the idea out a bit more, add more of "me" and my process as an illustrator.

As a side note, while creating this piece I found out I was pregnant with my second child. This was incredibly exciting but, as those of you familiar with the first trimester of pregnancy know, this is also when you are most likely to be sick. I will spare you the gory details, but for 3-4 months after I finished this illustration, it made me feel sick to even look at it because I felt so terrible while putting it together. Now in the third trimester my nausea has, for the most part, abated. And I can reflect on this project without feeling like I am going to lose my lunch.

I digress...

Incorporating the aforementioned art direction, I turned the eggs into light bulbs, and added my laptop, a sketchpad, and my collection of paintbrushes, pens and pencils. I also started to play with color--which is often my favorite step.

Work Life Sketch: Color

I came up with two different color palettes. Looking at them now, I am still torn between which one I like better, though I chose the option on the left.

The final step was to take the whole thing into Photoshop to add texture and shading.

Work Life 3: Angelovic Final Illustration

True to the design aesthetic we have all come to expect from Uppercase, this publication is clearly a labor of love. The level of talent is both impressive and inspiring-- and I am truly humbled to have been included.

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