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As a creative person, there are a lot of people I admire. Being a creative person in Kansas City, I am surrounded by a plethora of talented people. Kansas City is the home of a major amount of midwest ad agencies, amazing startups, and an insane amount of people making a huge mark in the culture. Some of these people I am blessed to call my friends. One such person is Andrew Chen.

Andrew and I have never actually met. We’ve worked on the same projects through third parties, and we’ve emailed a few times in support and admiration. The dude is super cool, has great skills, and a super talented wife who has a gorgeous voice. It’s an honor to live in the same city as talent like this. If you have the time, check out his work.

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He’s also participating in a #365Project with illustration! He posts updates on his Instagram.

I’ve been a huge fan of the #365Projects for many years. One year, I did a photo project where I made myself take one photo a day that I’d be happy to place in a frame. Another year, I did an illustration a day. This year, I took myself out of my comfort zone and tackled lettering. I’m not all the way through the year, but I already have decided this was my favorite project. Lettering art is so beautiful, and the artists I admire are so inspirational and talented.

Bonus points: I got to meet one of my favorite lettering artists, Jessica Hische.

I’m not the most technical with my learning, and I really should start forcing myself to become more structured in my learning. I can see improvement, and I can’t wait to see the before and after at the end of the year. You can see my progress here.

Finding inspiration as a creative can be hard… Sometimes we’re inspired by imagery, fellow artists, or even the world around us. I find myself drawing inspiration from color, lately. Below are a few of my online discoveries this week.

 

Sometimes you just need a little pick me up… #rallycry #getit #igotthis

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There’s this thing I like to do at work…

I like to share inspiration sites with my creative team via email. I try for once a week, sending out a fellow creative’s website, a design blog, or even a tutorial. It forces me to stay on top of trends, and keep my mind in a good creative space. So, why don’t I do this on the blog? Enjoy…