Homebodies put your hands up 🙋🏻♀️
V late #homwork feat. @darngooood to letter a funny quote that made you chuckle. This all too relatable quote via @reesewitherspoon was too good not to repost!
👉🏻 swipe for color change (indecisive) and process!
Double posting on a Sunday like a real overachiever! I’ve been ignoring all my responsibilities this weekend and working on a side project... during the whole process I’ve been doubting myself every step of the way, so this week’s HOMwork to make your own sign instead of waiting for one tied in nicely... (PS - I’m a really slow worker and apparently even slower when it comes to block letter serifs — does anyone else struggle with these or is it just me and my semi-functioning brain?!)
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This week #HOMwork !
“Better together” task from @laurenronquillo ! Thank you for your letter. It’s the best idea and best project that i take part in.
I’ve just started share my emotional experience with other. So every body knows how I feel and what trying to do with this ANGER #illustration#procreate
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Day 22 🌟 Little gif showing the letter I created for my typography assignment last year! This typeface was Paris themes and displayed alternate letterforms which included illustrations of famous landmarks around the city. This one represents the Palace of Versailles! @36daysoftype#36daysoftype#36days_v
Hi feel free to ignore this super long caption! My entry for the Letter West Scholarship from Lauren Hom 💕
I have loved letters as long as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, I would always closely examine my friends' handwriting and fine-tune my own with pieces I liked from theirs. I would practice writing the alphabet over and over again every time I changed my handwriting style until it became muscle memory. A few weeks later, I would change styles again. I was fascinated by the way you could draw a single letter so many different ways and still have it be readable. I didn't discover until many years later that drawing letters was such a beautiful and engaging art form! I started to get into handlettering a few years ago as a way to cope with anxiety. •
Then, in 2017, I was involuntarily hospitalized and ended up in an inpatient treatment facility for my eating disorder. I learned that lettering was a healthy way for me to express what I was feeling, rather than spiraling downward further into my mental illnesses. •
Enter 2019: I am a new mother and I've quit my job to stay at home full-time with my son. My goal now is to turn this little hobby/coping mechanism into a side hustle that could eventually help support my family. Attending @letter_west would be a huge boost to help me improve on my skills and learn from masters I admire, as well as connect with fellow artists who can inspire and encourage me. I often feel that I'm not a "real artist" and I'm not "good enough" - thoughts that almost kept me from entering to win this scholarship - but I hope that if I get the opportunity to attend, Letter West can bolster my confidence and help me continue expressing myself through the beautiful art of letters!
Anxiety is one scary monster. And this is the first time I'm actually opening up about it. People know me as the happy person who always laughs and makes people laugh. But that is just a coping mechanism. Laughing and smiling makes me forget about certain things and releases hormones that causes stress that leads up to my anxiety.
I was never told I had anxiety until I went to Grad school. The professor there felt I was very anxious about my assignments and putting myself out there. She sent me to the school clinic and I spoke to a counselor and then we discussed and then she said your panic attacks and you stress all are leading to your anxiety. Stop putting pressure on yourself and everything doesn't need to be perfect. But try telling my brain that. Looking at everyone move forward I feel like I'm backed up on my game called life. I just try to tell myself everyone has their pace and I'm doing the best I can.
Nowadays I listen to Jay shetty and try to get a better perspect on life and I unwind to it before going to bed everyday. I listen to his podcasts called "On Purpose" and it helps me through most of my struggles. :
Here is this week’s #homwork
I notice a lot of us artist suffer from this affliction! Our assignment was to letter the word(s) Of a condition that we are working through. I suffer from all different types of anxiety. Generalized, social...plus I am an introvert as well which has its own anxiety inducing issues! But...what the heck, we all do the best we can right!?
It’s been a long time since I’ve done homwork assignment but I decided to start again and keep on practicing bettering my hand-lettering. This week’s homwork assignment is to letter a word/words of a condition that you are working through. And, my biggest syndrome is negativity. Negativity really stopped me from exploring new technique as a designer and also in life in general. It’s scary what negative thoughts can do to you... you start to think so negative about yourself and start criticizing others to feel better about yourself.. I keep telling myself I’m not good enough, not skilled enough, I’m too old to start now, and constantly comparing myself to others. And, I want to put an END to this negativity. I’m sure I’m not the only one who think this way and hoping that this post encourages others to get back on their feet and keep on creating or don’t let negativity bring you down! #homwork#handlettering#lettering#negativity#homsweethom#design#wellness#graphicdesign#foreverbetteringmylettering#illustration#positivity
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For me cancer is like manure: it’s ugly and I wanted to stay as far away from it as I could...but, I found myself in the middle of it. I realized that the best thing I could do was to get stronger, grow, even bloom. I knew it would’ve transformed me anyways...and I chose how.
I chose to illustrate instead of lettering this week’s #homwork Assignment...it was so hard, and so personal, but like Lauren Ronquillo said: we’re better together!
IT: Per me il cancro è come il letame: è brutto e volevo stargli lontano il più possibile....però mi sono ritrovata in mezzo. Mi sono resa conto che la cosa migliore che potevo fare era diventare più forte, crescere e perfino fiorire. Sapevo che mi avrebbe trasformato in ogni caso...e io ho scelto come.
Well this #homwork is fashionably late (as are all of the ones that I complete) but at least I finished it ✨
Last week's prompt was to letter what success means to us, and anything I could think about related to my career as a designer/letterer/illustrator. I guess that is my biggest goal at the moment, but also a very intimidating one. Hopefully one day I can accomplish all of these things
Keep things simple. I forget to tell myself this because I tend to always over complicate and over analyze EVERYTHING. I’m accepting that this is just a simple write up of this week’s challenge. It was to be open about conditions I’m working through. Some old and some newly found discoveries of myself as I’m about to enter my thirties.
TW: Mental Illness:Suicide // I know a lot of people struggle with entering their 30’s because it’s the time we are becoming more aware of our lives ending. As someone who struggles with suicidal thoughts, entering my 30’s has been such an accomplishment but with a lot of feelings, too. I have felt so much guilt and shame for wanting to end my life. How can someone be so happy about where their life is but still want to end it? This is what living with my mental illness is like. I never thought I’d make it past 27. And now, I’m about to be 30. Working through the manic spirals, understanding my social anxiety, and knowing my body and why it needs A LOT more recharge time has taken more than half of my life to understand. I used to put a lot of blame on myself because I never had a lot of friends. Or I could never keep friends. I chalked it up that no one could ever stand me because I’m ‘crazy’. I’m too much. It’s best if I just slink into the darkness and stop being a burden. No one would notice, I’m worth forgetting.
it’s okay to have thoughts like this. You’re not broken. It’s just what makes you, ...you. I’m learning to accept this and forgive myself. ALSO, if you have lost friends or struggle keeping friendships...remember this, if people want to be in your life, they will show up. Don’t ever try harder to maintain a friendship with someone who makes you feel like garbage. AND Don’t feel like you EVER have to explain your mental illness to ANYONE.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-8255.
🥘💀 Chalk Mural at Skinny’s Cantina! DJ Sabronxura recommended me the Mexican Flatbread, (next photo), & 🤤 OH MY GERD!
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Skinny has an awesome unique personality and we had to show it on this mural ♥️ Thank you Skinny for having me and for a great dinner!
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————— 💀 ¡Mural de tiza en la cantina de Skinny! DJ Sabronxura me recomendó el Flatbread mexicano, (foto siguiente), y OH MY GERD!
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#Homwork // Here's something I struggle with almost on the daily: Impostor Syndrome. The crippling kind that makes me not want to get out of bed and pick up a pen. The kind that has already stopped me from writing (poetry - what I went to uni for) and the kind that makes me want to stop doing calligraphy or illustrations. Here's an example: I was on a high after my first calligraphy workshop, celebrating with sangria, thinking about all the other things I can do, looking at photos, already planning the next workshop. The next day? I was crying in bed thinking: who do I think I am, teaching calligraphy?? What if someone can see through me, and see that I am nothing but a fraud?
What helps? My husband tells me all the time: those are just feelings, and feelings aren't facts. And I believe him (because he's the smartest man I know duh). I remind myself that when I don't feel good enough, or when I feel like I'm just pretending and people can tell that I have no idea what I'm doing, that just because I feel it doesn't mean it's true. I open myself (awkwardly) to receiving compliments, and use them to kindle my passion for creating. I try to be more productive consistently - a few weeks of break can turn into half a year, and then it just gets harder to get back into it. I know because I stopped for more than 6 months in 2018. But I also remind myself to pause every once in a while, to look back at what I've accomplished so far, and see that I am nowhere near where I want to be but that I've come a long way.
This quote from one of my favourite poets is a good reminder for bad days: The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
This week's assignment: letter the word/words of a condition that you are working through.
This week’s #homwork assignment was to letter a condition we are working through. For me, that would be stress as I am heading into my last week of college classes for the year and finals. I can’t believe I’m almost going to be on break for school, but it’s just a lot of stuff I have to do to get there. To relieve my stress, I hand letter. It’s always been a way for me to take a break from my studies, so I tried a new style of lettering here. Good luck to anyone else coming to the end of the school year!
I’ve followed Lauren Hom’s weekly #HOMwork for a while, but haven’t actually had a project to share until now. Pursuing a passion project has really helped get some of my work out there, but it’s not without mountains of questions and self-doubt.
Is this even good enough to show people?
Will this help or hurt my chances of getting more work?
Is this pushing my skills enough?
When the questions pile up, I walk away and go ride my bike for a while. Bad moods and unproductive thoughts melt away after a good shred session. Bikes are magic.
Decided to letter a way to improve my well-being for this week's #HOMwork : positive self-talk.✨ I find that I can be really harsh in my internal dialogue, and to tackle that I try to talk to myself the way I talk to my best friend, "Keep going, I know you're gonna make it!" or "It's going to be OK."🌈🍃
I realize that self-critic is important but being kind to ourselves is super important, too—ditch those destructive thoughts in our heads, and replace them with empowering ones!💕
407622 April, 2019
What good is a problem if you’re not learning from it?
🇺🇸This week’s #homwork by @homsweethom and guest teacher @laurenronquillo was to letter a condition that we are working through.
I struggled to come up with a layout that I liked for my entry, but my conditions often end up in a spiral of self-doubt, so even though I know this is a chaotic design, I find it is the one that suits my #homwork best! Also I guess “imposter syndrome” isn’t really a condition, nor can it be diagnosed (I think?), but it certainly is something that I have to work through every day. For all of you out there with mental health issues: I see you, I believe in you, and YOU ARE VALID.♥️
🇪🇸Los deberes de esta semana de @homsweethom y la profe invitada @laurenronquillo eran hacer un lettering de alguna condición con la que vivamos y que estemos trabajando.
Me ha costado mucho encontrar una composición de mi diseño que me gustara, pero mis condiciones suelen hacerme caer en una espiral de dudas, así que aunque este dibujo sea algo caótico, creo que es el que mejor le va a mi diseño! Ah, supongo que “el síndrome de la impostora” no es una condición en sí, ni puede ser diagnosticado (creo), pero es algo que sufro y en lo que trabajo cada día. Para todxs aquellxs que tengáis cualquier problema con vuestra salud mental, quiero que sepáis que yo os reconozco, creo en vosotrxs y sois VÁLIDXS♥️
🎶Thank you, eggs 🎶 So I was singing #ThankYouNext while eating my easter eggs, next minute I spent the next hour lettering/drawing this to get it out of my system 😂 Eggs > Ex, amirite @arianagrande ?
68322 April, 2019
as you can see from my latest #homwork assignment, my brain is super messed up! 😂 @laurenronquillo challenged us to share our struggles this week and talking about mental health is something I find really important. most of these diagnoses I’ve had for many years, but postpartum depression is a new one for me. I think it’s the hardest to talk about because of how much shame is associated with it. no mom wants to admit that she doesn’t feel connected to her child. no mom wants to admit that she feels completely unfit to be a mother and she sometimes regrets bringing her child into this world. more than anything, no mom wants to admit that she’s ever had intrusive thoughts about harming her baby. but about 15% of women experience some form of postpartum mood disorder and I think we need to talk about it more. I wish that I was spending more time right now enjoying my son and less time in tears, but I know that this will pass, that I’m not alone, and I have hope that someday soon I will love my child as much as I expected I would. for now, I’m taking it one day at a time and gratefully accepting help and support from close loved ones. •
congrats if you made it to the end of this post! what struggles are you working on overcoming right now?
742622 April, 2019
You never know what someone may be dealing with even if they “don’t look sick.” It’s been over a year, but I’m still not super comfortable taking about it. I look the part of a healthy person and I’ve been feeling okay lately, but it’s always there in the background. As a self described control freak, it’s really hard to have my body betray me. It’s hard to plan ahead, not knowing how I’ll be feeling from one day to the next, but I do and then I hope for the best. I’m learning to let go. I’m learning to ask for and accept help. And I’m forever thankful for my support system, local and long distance. ❤️
83522 April, 2019
When the sun starts rising and you’re still laying there as if someone pumped your veins full of caffeine. Sometimes I deal with temporary bouts of insomnia when I’ve been too busy and don’t take time to relax. #homwork#lettering#artdecolettering
32122 April, 2019
Picking back up on my #homwork , and this one hit awfully close to hom 😌
In the past few years I’ve been through a handful of situations that, had they happened to anyone else, I would expect to utterly crush someone. Objectively seeing how it impacted me, I now realize what these events left me with- a whole bunch of unchecked trauma. And yet somehow I have been barreling along, living with the same self-imposed expectations and not allowing myself the grace to recover. Happily, I feel I’m now in a season of renewal that’s helping me develop better habits: i.e. meditation, understanding my limits, allowing myself human error, and setting healthy boundaries. It’s a long road back to recovery from here- but it’s one I’m thrilled to finally be rolling down 😌
Thank you @laurenronquillo and @homsweethom for this prompt, it gave me a good space to self reflect while doodling away ☺️🖍
21322 April, 2019
Happy Easter! I know this is an odd Easter post, but I joined back in for #HOMwork after a long break of busy, but wonderful life things. This week is about things we personally struggle with, and I decided imposter syndrome is probably one of the biggest and most easily-managed things I deal with. We trick ourselves into believing we don’t belong, and in the process we not only miss out on opportunities where we are, but we miss out on leading and teaching others to be leaders. I’m always reminding myself to know my skills and my worth. It’s a struggle, you’re here. You belong here. Don’t let anyone (yourself included) tell you that you don’t. 💛
Another #homwork post for you all, trying to catch up!!! This assignment was to recognize and accept the praise and compliments you get about your art. Specifically making a “hype file” with all of those compiled into one spot, where you can go and read through them when you are having doubts and questioning your abilities.