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Recent Project: Weathered Tales

These are some characters I created for an upcoming YouTube channel, Weathered Tales, Mr. Rainy Day and Sunni day. I also included my favorite video thumbnail design¬†for the two characters’ opposing explanations of “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe.

Tender Times illustrations

I make these with the intention to open a small shop selling fun designs on baby onesies. Most fall into a “parent-child” animal theme or a “future career” category. A few are animal puns too, but those aren’t presentable as of yet. I’m still adding to this collection, with the goal of opening the shop when I’ve finished 20 designs. This project is ongoing when other projects are scarce. Each final illustration has at least ten variations behind it on any scrap of paper my hands find! More of this collection can be viewed here.

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“A Giving Nature” competition entry

A mother-like figure with outstretched arms, surrounded by green, near a border she both stands behind and reaches beyond. This illustration is heavily inspired by my love of Celtic art and myths with a style reminiscent of the Vienna Secession movement.

I did this illustration for fun and entered it into a competition. It’s a style I enjoy drawing in on my own time, and in fact, this started out as a doodle while brainstorming for an AR video game concept in my sketchbook! ūüôā

A more traditional illustration with similar inspirations can be seen here

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Learning New Things Makes a Superstar

Or, at least learning how to apply a custom coded email signature to Outlook’s stubborn signature editor makes me “basically” a superstar, according to their social media representatives.

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Response to my celebrations upon finding how to apply custom HTML coded signatures to Outlook’s editor

As for the custom coding, that wasn’t the hard part. I have a decent working understanding of HTML and CSS thanks to some Web Design classes I took for fun at college. Luckily, that is all that’s needed for an email signature: text, hyperlinks, an image call, a table to wrap up everything together and a nice editor to keep things organized. (Thank you, Brackets!)

No, the hardest part was finding out how to apply the code to Outlook. I’ll give you some tips to avoid:

  1. Don’t copy/paste the HTML file into the editor
  2. Don’t¬†waste too much time trying to find a way to upload the HTML code saved as a .htm file onto the Desktop version of Outlook
  3. Don’t¬†try to code within the editor itself

As for what you should do to successfully upload a custom email signature to Outlook…Should I give away the answer? Maybe I’ll lose some potential money for it but sure, I’ll share the secret to prevent others’ headaches. Isn’t that what the internet is for?

  1. Do save your codes as a .htm file on your desktop
  2. Do have Outlook opened to the online editor in your favorite browser
  3. Do open your .htm file using Firefox
  4. Highlight your signature and from the Firefox browser
  5. Finally copy and paste the signature into the Outlook editor*

*this is for Outlook 2017, I found a lot of tutorials for the previous versions of Outlook but had to figure this out for the current signature editor, which is really stubborn. 

I’m loving my internship at Phase 23! I’ve also been learning how to edit using the Salient theme’s visual editor for WordPress while working on¬†keynutrients.com¬†in addition to the how to apply a custom coded email signature, company wide, for Outlook. Be warned, however, some code is interpreted in odd ways once in Outlooks editor, so I haven’t removed all of the trial and error!

 

May I Be Creative?

Society at large likes to sort people into boxes. Two I became familiar with were considered complete opposites. I could only choose to be a part of ONE. I was “told”¬†that I¬†must be of the scientific, logical, camp OR the artistic camp. Neither are allowed to intertwine. So I would do a quick side to side jump between the two, but stayed in the scientific camp more often because that was the “smart” option. The “employable” option. I was originally okay with this: I loved science, I enjoyed art, but one¬†had¬†to be dominant.

When it came to the end-all decision of high school classes and college major declarations (well, it seemed like a permanent decision to me at the time) I went the science route. I loved Biology: I excelled, even, and I was able to feel useful. I was always learning interesting things, I could give up the arts.

To keep a long story shorter, I looked back at the arts, and decided to make the leap to switch my dominant “box” from the sciences to the arts. Few semesters in, I enjoyed where I was, but longed for the science again.

Enter my delight and surprise when I came across the Graphic Design courses. It had the best of both worlds in my mind, and I found an answer to the warring question I’d tossed to the background: sciences or art?

 

The answer is both are allowed to coexist: that the scientist in me was allowed to stay, and be creative.

 

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