What’s Next?

So… thats it. I am officially finished University. So whats next?

Well, something i don’t talk about too much on my blog is that i have a major heart condition. I had my last surgery when i was 11 and it has done me very well, but as the years go on it has declined and so at the end of this year i am having two surgeries.

My recovery time in 2004 was a few months, and it will be the same this time. Due to this fact, i don’t want to go out now and start working for a studio and when i’m a few months into it say “hey i’m away for a few months, bye!” i am always feeling tired and struggling to get work done, i don’t want to start my professional life this way. I would much rather wait and begin when i am at the best health i can be, and can produce the best work i can.

So for now, whats the plan? Sit around and wait? HELL NO.

I am an artist and illustrator at heart. It’s what i enjoy doing, and its probably what i am best at. Through the past few years i have gotten the odd commission to do paintings of peoples pets etc and sold some water colour illustrations also.  So i am turning this into a business.

The Crafty Cat

I want to do all things craft (paint, draw, design, tapestry etc) and so i wanted the word ‘craft’ in my business name somewhere. My name is Emma Catherine, and it was my close friend Mark Lisk who said “What about the crafty cat?” and i was sold. Being an animal lover as well, it was perfect.  I got straight to work designing a logo.

I knew straight away i wanted the logo to be a cat. Due to my dear love of water colour painting, i came up with this…

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I simply took a basic cat silhouette from google and then started playing around with splats of colour with my paints, I combined them and made this, and for once, i actually love it. It embodies everything about me and my designs. Colourful, playful, delicate and usually involving an animal.

For the font i knew i wanted something quite natural, but since my own handwriting is pretty rubbish, i found this for free on Dafont.com and i think its perfect. It is called ‘Jellyka- Estrya’s Handwriting‘.

Although ‘The Crafty Cat’ has not been announced to the public yet, everything has been set in motion. I have made a Facebook Page…

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And an Instagram Account…

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Although as you can see, both of these are empty as i don’t want to start uploading to them until i have announced the business and the pages are ‘live’ so to speak.

I have also ordered business cards, once these arrive i will officially be ready to roll…

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Even though this venture has barely begun, i am very excited and hopeful for the future. If it goes well i will eventually start an  Etsy store too.

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Business Cards

With my Business Card design i didn’t want to go to ‘artsy’ as i wanted them to remain profesional and to the point.

I went for a simple white background with black paint splat design. I wanted to add a feminine touch, and as mentioned in  a previous post, i really like the ‘rose gold/copper’ look at the moment. So i decided to go with that. I simply made a copper boarder and placed the necessary information within it. I ordered them so that the copper font would appear metallic in it’s finish

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Looking at them now, i do wish i had with something a little more creative, but still keeping it plain, but these can always be redesigned at a later date.

Building a Website

When it came to building my website i decided to go with Squarespace, for the simple reason that they had a basic theme i liked, and it was cheaper to buy a domain name i liked with them.

I ended up becoming…   emccdesign.net

I wanted to go with a very plain theme, as i knew my portfolio would be full of colour, and didn’t want to take away from that. When you first go onto my site it opens directly on my Portfolio as you can see in the Screenshot below…

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My Portfolio is categorised into folders such as ‘Renders’, ‘Character Design’, ‘Watercolour Work’ etc. This is makes it easier for anyone who wants to browse my work, but specifically one part of it.

Once a folder within the portfolio is clicked into, it will display them  in a scrolling system, as can be seen below…

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What i found most difficult about my website was writing my Bio. I am not a good writer, especially when having to talk about myself, but i did my best. I also inserted the same image of myself that has been used in my CV.

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The next page of my site is my CV. Writing a CV is not something ive ever been the best at, but after one of the talks we had with Greg, i had a fair idea of how i wanted to display it. I will discuss it further in the next blog post.

To Display my CV, i simply placed a jpeg image of it to take up most of the page, then at the right hand side i placed 3 buttons, so that the viewer can download my CV in either PSD, PDF or Word Doc format.

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The last two pages of my site are my ‘Showreel’ and my ‘Contact’ page. Which is pretty self explanatory. One simple has my video of my Showreel for the viewer to watch, and the other has a contact form to fill out along with my contact information.  This can be seen below…

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Get to Know Me.

BASIC:

Name: Emma

Nickname(s): Midge, Midget, Emo…
Gender: Female.
Age: 20
Birthday: October 16th
Hometown: Cookstown
Current Town: Belfast

LIKES / DISLIKES:

Favorite Color(s): red, green, pink..
Least Favorite Color: grey or brown..or something else dull.
Favorite Food: Steak! or spaghetti…or prawns…or chicken…ALL THE FOOD!
Least Favorite Food: Mushrooms.
Favorite Band/Artist: Blink182/ Mcfly
Least Favorite Band/Artist: ummm i cant deal with screamo. 
Favorite Type of Movie: comedy, but i do love documentary films.
Least Favorite Type of Movie: Thrillers
One thing you can’t get enough of: tea
One thing you hate more than anything: Bitches, which seems to be a lot of the girls in my age group.

LOVE LIFE:

Are you single? Nope
Do you have a crush on anyone right now? Does your boyfriend still count as a crush?
Do you flirt a lot? Ha, no. Im awkward and shy when i first meet people. 
Sweetest thing you’ve ever gotten: Niall got me front row seats for Mcfly.
Do you believe in love at first sight? No, i believe in attraction but not love.


Do you fall in love fast? I try not too. Im always afraid of getting hurt.
Do you ever make the first move? If i have drink in me, im a first move ninja…or so i thought :L
Do you want to get married? Some day…maybe 

ARE YOU. .

A daydreamer? Most definitely 
Shy? at first, once i get talking though, good luck shutting me up.
Talkative? Very in the right company.
Energetic? ha. 
Happy? I try to be. A lot happier than i have been for a long time to be fair. 
Depressed? At times. Everyone deals with shit. 
Caring? extremely 
Trustworthy? yes. 
Confident? Not at all, but i really am trying to build some confidence.
Friendly? very, if people are friendly to me ill be your best friend.
Sarcastic? at times.
Dependable? Most of the time. I would hate to let anyone down.
Adaptable? —Ah. Depends but for the most part, yes.
Emotionally strong? im an emotional wreck for the most part, but yes, i would say im definitely strong.
Religious? Nope.
Indecisive? When it comes to food, yes.
Outgoing? only with friends
Nosy? yeah, terribly. Not gonna lie. 
Lazy? I can be, but who has the time?
Artistic? extremely 
Serious? Sometimes.
Thoughtful? very.
Considerate? too considerate. 
Romantic? i try, but for the most part id say no.
Obsessive? I can be.
Sincere? yes.
Tolerant? Im tolerant of other tolerant people.