What’s Next after Ark of the Unicorns Residency

Riding the wave of #NaNoWriMo I have resurrected a writing project I started in 2013 here in Japan. My non-fiction recipe book doesn’t exactly qualify but enough is the same to keep me encouraged each day.

Evernote has kept all of my notes safe, all 78 of them, exactly as I left them! Found the Evernote Moleskine with the gridded pages I love so much in which I had made a few sketches in colored pencil and ink.

Also found the box of example books, fabrics, yarns, and other paper notes.

I plan to complete a rough draft by the end of November then a proposal to send to publishers. Because every creative needs more rejection notices, hehe!

In addition to moving away from Japan, another reason I never completed the book is I didn’t have the food photography skills, nor the photo editing skills or familiar enough with a design program to create my vision for this recipe book as I saw it in my head.

My photography skills have improved, my photo editing skills have improved and putting the project in timeout has helped me streamline and solidify specific ideas within the book.

In whichever medium I play, eventually I need to put some aspect of it through Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom and as I continue to move forward with my work, more and more ideas pop up and can see I need to improve my computer skills to make them happen.

With Adobe Sketch using an iPad Pro I am digitizing those sketches, not just photographing the original sketch with a digital camera but re-sketching them. Using the photo of the sketch as a layer in itself to trace over. I feel like Adobe Sketch has been a gateway drug to seeing so many other possibilities for my work utilizing the Adobe Creative Cloud.

So I am starting an #adobe365challenge this Nov. There is a steep learning curve for some of the things I’d like to do so focusing on learning a bit each day for a year should give me a steadier learning path. Watch my progress through my Twitter: StudioDeanna

The lessons learned during my residency in Honolulu in how to create Crocheted Figure Sculptures will slowly continue during breaks. Additional projects in the works/proposals I started/continued during the residency, have notification dates in the next couple of months. A few more proposals will be sent and my work with Hawaii Craftsmen will also continue, including my inclusion in its 50th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition continues through Nov 10.

Wish me Luck! – Instagram: StudioDeanna

#Adobe365Challenge

Q. What is the #Adobe365challenge?

A. This is simply part of personal Lifelong Learning goals and part necessity to bring my creative ideas to fruition. That’s it.

Q. How may I participate in the #Adobe365challenge?

A. Start your 365 days (1 year) of learning the Adobe Creative Cloud Apps when it fits in your schedule, you may choose any start date.

Choose a simple way to document your progress & results for each day, Vlog, Blog, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Simply use #adobe365challenge for each lesson learned and lets see how much we accomplish!

Yes, I am one of those who makes New Year’s Resolutions :) Usually I complete about 7/10 goals w/good progress on an additional two more…there’s always one that just ends up not being a good idea. During my Artist Residency with Ark of the Unicorns in Honolulu, Hi I realized that I wanted a more focused learning goal to bring my creative ideas to fruition and I also have other reasons, too;

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1. Learning shouldn’t end when one graduates, there are so many interesting things to learn about the world. This is just one more way to see the world.

2. Stay Connected with other creatives; both current friends and connect with new ones.

3. Curious how the Adobe CC tools can be used to move my artwork forward & make my artwork better.

4. Curious how I can utilized the Adobe CC to communicate the message in my work better to others who need to hear it.

Currently I’m utilizing Lynda.com and Adobe’s mini tutorials, along with trial and error to achieve my goals.

Would you like to join me and see just how far we can go during this yearlong challenge with the #adobe365challenge?

Follow my progress on Twitter: StudioDeanna

More Art Adventures can be found on Instagram: StudioDeanna