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D Bag

Last year I opened up shop on Society6. I started this store to sell some of my personal project designs to help with some passive income. My mind gets some funny ideas sometimes and this design was something that was just floating around in my head one day and I decided to illustrate it. I hope you find the humor in it like I do!

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D Bag is available in canvas prints, framed prints, t-shirts, tank tops and hoodies. If you would like to purchase one, you can come by my store and check out what’s available.

http://society6.com/KyleChicoine/D-Bag_Print

Hello Again!

I have neglected my blog for too long now. For those of you who do follow, I appologize! I just wanted to post a quick note to let everyone know that I am working on writing more posts to keep my blog full of new and interesting content. If you have any suggestions or words of encouragement, feel free to leave a comment. I hope you all have had a great spring! Enjoy the summer too!

A New Year and Change

It’s almost half way through January and I’m a little late to wish you all a happy new year so, Happy New Year!!

I want to make a note to everyone who reads my blog and let you know that there will be some change happening in 2013. I have been working on bringing my portfolio and blog together in one place. When this happens, I will be sure to give everyone an update with a link to my new website once it’s finished. Here is a sneak peek at my new site (still in development).

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Have a awesome 2013 to everyone!

Why I Became a Graphic Designer

Okay! You already know I’m a graphic designer. You might have even stumbled across my portfolio. Thank you for that! But you probably don’t know why I decided to become a graphic designer.

The Beginning

As a child, I loved to draw. When my family took road trips or went camping, I always had a sketch book or coloring book with me. I can also remember my father teaching me how to draw 3D shapes. That was mind blowing! :)

As I made my way though school. You would always find me in an art class. Putting my creative thoughts on paper was exciting!

The Computer

When I was in the 8th grade (1996), our computer lab teacher asked me and my best friend to ditch lunch recess and help develop a course on computer graphics. We were asked to come up with ways to teach like minded students how you could develop art and designs using the computer. We didn’t have much to work with, but we did used what programs were available to come up with some cool stuff. The most memorable program was working with a 3D program that was called Virtual VR (if I remember correctly). It was a virtual reality program that we used to create buildings, houses, and even a giant swimming pool with slides and diving boards. Remember, I was still an 8th grader at this time. We used these models to introduce other students to the program and help teach others that the computer was going to be the tool of choice when it came to producing a lot of different products.

Light Bulb!

It wasn’t until high school that I realized I was onto something. I was constantly creating and needed to decide what to do with my life.

What can I do to always be creative in my career?

There I was, in art class again. This particular class was interesting. It was called Intro to Graphic Design. Light bulb!! I loved this class so much that I knew exactly what I needed to do! I must become a graphic designer!

Today

Today, I am a graphic designer. I’ve carved a path for myself to become what I wanted to be. You know more now why I became what I am. I’m always excited to hear what others have gone through to discover what their career choice was. If you feel like sharing your journey, feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks for reading!

Finding Work is like Fishing

Over the past year, I have really struggled with finding freelance design work. I feel like the process of finding clients is similar to fishing. You cast your line out and try to entice a fish (the fish being a client) to bite the bait you have put out there. If your lucky, you will get a bite. Once you get a bite, you need to set the hook and reel them in. Well, I’ve had my fair share of bites, but with no luck of setting the hook. This got me thinking.

What am I doing wrong? How did I not land that job?

I realized something. It’s not a mater of doing something wrong, but that I don’t have fresh bait at the end of my line to keep the fish coming back. My portfolio has been lacking new projects and fresh content. Instead of sitting around waiting for a client to get hooked on old bait, I need to add fresh bait.

What Can I do?

It’s time to break out the pencils, pens & paper. It’s time to start doing something for myself. It’s time to freshen up my portfolio. As creative designers, we have a need to always be creating something. So, instead of going home and sitting in front of the TV, I’m going to sit at my desk and create. It will take time, but eventually, I will provide myself with a bucket of fresh bait. Something more enticing for the fish I want to catch!

What about you? Are you putting fresh bait in front of your clients? Share you thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear what you have to say.