The Learnening

Sometimes your personal learning process can take months instead of days. Onward.


I was having issues recreating my Love Nico designs in Illustrator. I’m not beating myself up about that- I just learned how to use it a few months ago, finally caving into something I managed to avoid for almost two decades. This program is a beast- so much so that it has actually BENT my Surface Book 2 from the heat. I’m serious. This expensive piece of sh*t now has curves in all the wrong places.

My issues weren’t with the program, though- nor were they stemming from any lack of knowledge in it. I took an amazing course through LinkedIn Learning and the teacher made sure I was well equipped to know how to achieve what I wanted.

I had to find out the hard way that my design skills were left behind in the dust of the current talent out there. My eye needed updating. So I practiced, tried, and tried again. And I looked at a lot of other artists’ work- particularly t-shirt designs.

After attempting a remake on about 8 old Love Nico designs, I finally started nailing it.

In the meantime I’ve already developed a different style for my “art” art, and those pieces are coming out the way I want. But they live on a different label, and therefore on different websites and online markets.

There will be a lot more Love Nico to come. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to bother keeping her alive (which is very obvious according to previous blog entries). But she’s getting upgraded. If I can look at a screen of my goods without a to do list of corrections- which is what’s finally happening- then I know I’m on the right track.

I think this is the first time I’m actually excited to work on Love Nico in years… it’s high time.