Thank you all so much for entering! I LOVED reading your comments, and listening to your stories! You are all so amazing and I wish you the best with your careers! I wish I afford to send you all through this e-course, but alas, we can only have one winner! And the winner is.... HEATHERLEE CHAN!! Thanks again, everyone!
Hi everyone! Big news today! I've teamed up with Monica Lee from Smart Creative Women to offer one lucky winner a paid spot in Monica's upcoming ecourse, Smart Creative Style. It is a $440 value, and I am so excited to share this with one of you! You are going to LOVE this course!
I took this course the first time Monica offered it, and it was eye-opening, to say the least. I don't know if you guys have noticed this or not, but in the last few years there has been an influx of artists entering the world of surface design and licensing. Now, more than ever, there is a need to stand out and be noticed. This isn't just limited to artists-- it goes across the board as we are all trying to figure out where we fit in and where we stand out! The best way to do that is to develop and cultivate your very own style. Monica's class takes you on a deep journey to find your own unique voice and carry that voice across multiple platforms--from your identity to your product offerings; from your logo to your website; from your business policies to your marketing plan. Monica has brought in industry experts such as Rachel Shingleton, Sarah Jane Wright, Amy Flurry and Amy Butler; and they all offer amazing insight and advice. One of my favorite guests was Khali Whatley, who came on several times offering the best business and marketing advice I've ever heard! And it is delivered in the sweetest voice and the cutest accent-- just a little bonus while you are listening to all of that business talk!
For me, this course made me see myself in a whole new way. Just by the sheer number of hours I have put into art and design, I know I've developed a style that is unique to me. I started working toward this career in 2004, and now that it is 2014 I have put in my 10000 hours. Ok, maybe 20000 by now. Still, it can be hard to see your own style from the inside looking out. I remember having a conversation several years ago at Quilt Market with Marisa from Creative Thursday, Lizzy House and Liz Kalloch. I remember saying to them, I know who you guys are as artists--I can see it so clearly! And Marisa replied, we know who you are. I remember thinking, really? Because I'm not sure I know-- how can you guys know?
During the SCS course, one of our assignments led me to create this board on Pinterest:
I didn't look at it while I was pinning, but once it was finished and I saw it, I couldn't believe all of the detailed work I was drawn to! If you are familiar with my work, this might be obvious to you, but seeing and analyzing these images was really exciting for me! Later, I did an image search on myself and this is what came up:
Oh, the detail! There it was, right in front of my eyes--haha! I'd just been way too close! Obviously, I know what I like, and I know what I like to design. I'm not saying it was a complete shocker to realize how much I love detail, the 1960s, and a very specific palette, but it was really nice to see this all together. And, when mixed with all of the other exercises and audios/videos from the class, it was extremely beneficial. Now it is time to take it even further! I took Smart Creative Style toward the end of last year, and I am steadily working to implement the things I learned. Pairing the knowledge I gained from both this course and Alt Summit, I have a very clear idea of where I am headed with my business! And I am going confidently down that road knowing that my path and my plans are not like anyone else's! I have BIG ideas, folks, and this course played a huge part in helping me identify and focus on those plans and ideas!
By the way... one of the things I realized recently was that I want to give more and share more with you guys! This scholarship is a great place to start, right?! Leave a comment below to be entered in this drawing. (Click on the link to the left below the date, where it says "comments"). I'd love to hear why you want to take the course and what you hope to discover! I'll choose a winner on Monday morning, 10am CST, so you have until then to get your comments in! The course starts Tuesday, so get ready to discover your own smart, creative style!
NOTE: Comments close at 10am CST Monday, February 10th. I'll be posting the winner soon after!