When I started to work on this project, I knew I wanted something that reflects me and my values, as I’m planning on creating a bunch of these stickers to display on my personal items. Something that I really value is the natural world, and I started my sketches with a camping theme in mind, though I also visually explored some other ideas.
My first draft involved a set of 3 half circles with a scenic view and a set of trees framing both sides. Along the outside border was an inspirational phrase. Though I was satisfied that I had something to work with, I knew I had a long way to go.
I received critique on my half-circle designs; the most notable of which was to keep scale in mind, and that the project requirements only allowed for one sticker with text. This meant I was back to the drawing board, again.
I watched a video by Cory Kerr, where he explained that one way to find a message for your art is to draw upon something you get angry about. I find that I get very upset when someone tells me to be quiet, and I decided that I wanted to draw upon that, and upon my experience as a woman, to go outside of my comfort zone and create stickers that had a deep meaning to me beyond just platitudes about nature.
When I realized what I wanted to do, I had “captured the vision” in my mind of what I wanted. I’ve found through these projects that the hardest part of the creative process for me is understanding exactly what I want to portray, since I know how to achieve most of the effects I want or need to at this point. Adobe Illustrator has been a great tool as I create these vector images.
Overall, I’m really proud of how these turned out. I am glad I was able to find a way to visually communicate something that hold a lot of passion for me, since I strongly believe in sharing my own voice, and not being limited in that expression by others. I’m excited to share my message with fellow peers in a few weeks when they are printed, in the hopes that in the future, voices like mine will have the chance to rise.