It has been a while and I realise I’ve not actually shown off any of my creative work, which is a pretty big misstep on my part! While pondering how exactly I can do this as I’m at that stage of my degree where all my best stuff is half finished and more work just keeps piling on, I thought, what about an average day in my life? Lockdown version, of course. Now you have the privilege of witnessing how unproductive I really am (deep sigh).
I start my morning around 8.30 am after snoozing my alarm until it no longer allows me to. You’d think I’d just set it later, but there is some sort of satisfaction in telling my phone, ‘no. You don’t decide when I wake up. I do’. I always begin with breakfast as I tend to drink far too much coffee which is an appetite suppressant for me, so it feels best to get something down before the caffeine cycle begins. My first coffee is always the best one of the day, it can’t be beat. Once this ritual is complete, I will wash and dress as sitting around in pyjamas can kill any ounce of motivation, so it is best avoided altogether. At this point I’ll either scout around for some sort of cleaning to procrastinate work or just get on with it depending on what side of the bed I woke up on.
The way I begin work is quite particular. My desk must be perfect, a bottle of water filled and a coffee or tea at my side. I have some shelves attached to my desk where I keep all my pens and materials that I use frequently. This helps me to reduce the time spent scrambling around acquiring everything, which can squash my want to start. Starting is always the hardest part. But when the flow begins that is when the fun starts. Most of the time anyway. (If CV writing is involved, every second that passes is pain).
What I’ll be working on completely depends on my current projects, ideas and deadlines. To give an idea, currently I am creating a fake audiobook identity where I get to design visuals for a fantasy novel.
When I am not working on this, my attention is on a book cover redesign for Penguin and a greetings card, wrapping paper and gift bag collection where my chosen theme is foraged British plants and their textures. Sounds fun and varied right? It is, although hard work, as my perfectionism can allow me to sink hours into tweaking the same design over and over sometimes to its benefit and sometimes to ruin. My brain often operates as a scramble of good ideas and thoughts that are difficult to piece together and organise so whilst I work on the creative stuff I try and log everything I do, although this is something I might forget occasionally (often).
Lunch I like to put off for as long as possible to squeeze the most out of the flow, but I’ll stop between 12 and 3 to grab something. This can be the point where I struggle to go back to work if I am in the clouds that day. So, a long break until evening is a good call. When my energy levels come back, I’ll continue or work on a different project until the late evening where I pack in for the night and do something fun until bed, usually a video game, a show or messing around with some personal creative work.
I hope this was interesting. Probably not, but it was just an excuse to squeeze in some project photos so I hope that was fun to look at least!