Sunday, February 15, 2015

Logo Designer or Nah?





Wow!  The month of February is almost over, and I'm just getting around to writing my 1st blog post for the month.  What can I say?  Art has not been my friend this month.  I've been experiencing a downward spiral of mishaps, so blogging had to take a back seat.  Almost  everything I've attempted to do lately, artistically wise, has flopped the 1st or 2nd time around.  It's as if there's a black cloud over my head.  I think a vacation is in order.  Aruba...take me away! 

Oh well, on a different note let's pick up where I left off in the story about my artistic journey.  After the "Nadine" design I decided to go back & finish up designing the infant wear sets.  Or, so I thought that was going to be the plan.  I made God chuckle yet once again.  I was only able to complete 1 onesie set before I received 2 requests to do something special.  Two different customers wanted me to create logos for their business'.  On the real, logos aren't my thing.  I'm an artist, not a graphic artist.  They are completely 2 different animals!  Logos need to be sized & scaled just right.  Whereas, when I make a design I just draw.  Whatever my drawing fits onto afterwards, that's what I put it on.  I accepted to do both requests because at the time I thought it would broaden my skills as an artist.  Hmm...I don't know if the experience broaden my skills or not, but I do know I was frustrated to the point of where I will think about it 3x's over...maybe 4 before taking on the task of doing another logo again.  

As an artist all I want to do is draw & paint.  It sucks all the fun out of it when you have to worry about sizing the artwork & lettering just right.  Plus, the artwork needs to really to capture the eye of a customer as well as resonate with what the business is about.  This is a lot of mind work.  When I create art most of the time the vision comes from something I saw, heard, or imagined.  I don't think I've really ever had to sit & think of ideas about what to draw, let alone figure out a drawing that will represent a business or theme.    

In the end, one logo worked out, the customer loved it!  The other one did not, which really sadden me because it was the one I like the best.  No biggie though.  This month I'm working on unfinished projects & turning projects that didn't work out quite as planned into something else.  The rejected logo will be turned into a pillow & canvas design.  Down below are pics of the onesie design, and the 2 business logos.  

Until next time...peace & blessings



Tee-iabo Designs (Tee-ah-bow) ~ Artist, Sonya M. Jones designs one-of-a-kind inspiring clothing, home items, canvas art & jewelry. Express yourself..Bee who your are! www.tee-iabodesigns.com
 
 









Infant Onesie Set Design ~ Mushroom Umbrellas!

Business Logo Design for: Body In Balance, LLC business is based on using several modalities of healing arts. The woman represents wellness/beauty & the water represents the Charka colors.

Rejected Logo Design for a Yoga Instructor. 
  

63 comments:

  1. I love the yoga design.....let me know if you are going to put it on a pillow!!! You are amazing, but even amazing needs a break sometimes! Love the blog!

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer! The yoga design is now a pillow design & print! You now own the original print! Happy Birthday again! {{HUGS}}

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  2. I think that is why I keep my photography accountable only to myself (much to the chagrin of the Better Half who would like me to branch out and start my own business) ...I think it would suck the fun out of it for me. Bottom line, I have NEVER liked being accountable to someone else, haha. FWIW..I love your logos. And that onesie? Man...can't wait to have a grandkid around here so I can buy this stuff!

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    1. I totally feel you Kathy! But, it is also nice to know someone loves your art enough to want to buy it. #ArtistsStruggles

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  3. I love the yoga logo, too. And that onesie is adorable! Doing special orders can be very stressful. You are right. Logo designing is a different animal. I'm glad you stretched yourself. That's what's important.

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa! Yep, logos are not my area of expertise. I'll try almost anything once though.

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  4. I do logo designing and it is a different animal. It's hard and believe me the customers always pick the one we would never expect lol. We did some logos the other day and the plain looking one was the one the customer picked it happens.

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    1. Totally agree with you Kita. Might have to throw some customers your way now that I know you do logos. lol

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  5. Wow I absolutely love the yoga design. I can imagine that is hard. Sort of like the time I had a freelance job to write about Breast Cancer Awareness. It was rejected. I was trying not to make it boring. It wasn't boring and boring it what they were looking for. I wrote the stuff but the person that hired me freaked out when I shared the first of the what I was going to make a four part series on my blog since they weren't using it. I ended up taking that post down.

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    1. Thank you so much Kenya. Yep, trying please the entire crowd is hard. It's much easier to stick with pleasing a chosen few. This doesn't dull your shine, it make your star shine brighter because you're growing in an area that you are good at. ;)

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  6. Everything looks really nice, as it always does with your work. Sorry to hear about the black cloud. Those clouds though, make the sunny ones look even better. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Rosey! Yes, my black clouds do turn sunny blue after awhile. lol

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  7. I think your designs are wonderful. I can't imagine why the yoga one was rejected, their loss.

    Love the little mushroom design, so adorable! Anyway, you keep doing your thing girlfriend. Will be in touch haven't given Jackie her Tee-iabo t-shirt you made for her yet, still have one more week before I'm up and around after my surgery.

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    1. Thank you so much Jen! I look at the rejection this way. It's their lost & my gain. I already turn the design into a pillow & it came out beautiful! Made art prints too!

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  8. March winds will blow away that dark clouds, my dear. Keep creating! I love the way you repurpose things. I've also loved watching you evolve as an artist in the short time we've known one another.

    All of the designs above are very nice, especially the Mushroom Umbrellas that gives me a case of the warm fuzzies. LOL! Seriously, remember that a commissioned piece requires accountability to others, but you have the right, and the freedom, to create only what is true for you and from your heart.

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    1. Very true sis! Thank you so much. My dark skies have turned sunny blue once again. Can't wait to see what God has in store for me next. :)

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  9. As always your onesies blow my mind, they are so adorable. Wish I knew someone with a baby but all my family and friends have either big kids or grown-up children.

    Unfortunately I've been away from blogging for ages, but I suppose you could have guessed that. :D
    I lost my one resource for selling my craft and it was nearly impossible to find another venue (jewelry is such an over saturated market ! ) and I guess after being rejected by shop after shop (as they already had more jewelry inventory than they needed) I sort-of fell into a bit of a depression.
    Sometimes turning a passion into a business does indeed suck the fun out of it.

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