Tuesday, July 6, 2010

manic month

d-i-p-

cue up the manic month of july and push play! between a load of maps and a bunch of greeting cards, i have fifty illustrations to finish between now and august 15. now how is that for procrastination! honestly, i don't think i'll ever be cured of waiting until the last minute. it's stressful, but it's a good stressful. i haven't found many motivators more effective than time biting me in the butt.

up next - how i ended up in a trombone warehouse parking lot last night for three hours. it involved my car and an explosive painting fiesta!

34 comments:

Christine E-E said...

so - I always wondered how you put the color on the back of your artwork... now, I think I know?? Do you blot, rub, or smear ink pads on your paper?
what sort of paper do you use? watercolor? sketching paper? or ???
love your art doodlings.
anxious to hear your trombone story.

aimee said...

thanks christine! yup - i just smear the inkpads around. here's a tutorial i did a while back:

http://artsyville.blogspot.com/2009/01/creating-colorful-journal-pages.html

suzanne cabrera said...

Yay! I'm not the only one afflicted by the procrastination bug!!!! Sorry you have it, but good to know I'm in such talented company :0

Looking forward to hearing more about your project :)

seven swirls designs said...

I am such a procrastinator it's not even funny. What *is* funny is that my mom for some reason always spells it "prograstinate". :)

Sarah said...

Good luck with your deadlines! I am sure you will get it all done!

Candied Fabrics said...

Deadlines are wonderful focussers and enablers of house-cleaning-avoidance! Woot!

As the wife of a professional trombonist...I need to hear more about a trombone warehouse!

Good Luck!

The Dreaming Bear said...

I am guilty of the same approach to most everything....why do it now, when you can wait until the eleventh hour? Hee hee. And this trombone warehouse story has me intrigued. Do tell!

Alexandra Hedberg said...

50 illustrations? First I read 15 ...

Go go go ... when you get into it it will just be a flow!

cath c said...

can't wait to hear the sotry! good luck with the deadlines...

Anairam said...

You have said it! I am a great believer in procrastination - it really helps to keep me to deadlines. I've never quite worked out how it works, but if I procrastinate, I finish about the same time as when I start early on a project, and I almost always get a better result. It's weird. Maybe it's all in my head. I do know that my procrastinative (is there such a word?) habits drive the people around me mad. Good luck with the 50 illustrations!

Kim Hambric said...

Oh my gosh! 50 illustrations!!! I'll just stand out of your way so you can get them done.

I'm feeling a bit lazy here.

Sure you'll have time to fill us in on the trombone warehouse story?

cindy said...

i can't wait to find out why you even need fifty illustrations by then!

aimee said...

really, i am all for developmental delays. it's fun stuff, too, which makes the procrastination much easier! the maps are for jill berry's personal geographies book, and the greeting cards i've been working on for a while, but i won't know until next year whether the line is a go or not. crossing fingers!

Chopsticks and Spaghetti said...

I find the best way to deal with procrastination is to find anti-procrastination quotes, print them up in pretty fonts, post them around the room, grab a bite to eat and then return to the original project three hours later. (Oops...were you looking for procrastination tips or anti-procrastination tips?)

lori vliegen said...

i just love the sight of all of that rainbow goodness waiting for your doodle brilliance!! and, oh so appropriate that your starbucks cup is right in the middle of all the fun!!! have fun!!! xox, :))

peggyfussell said...

Oh I hear you! I am one of those people who absolutely needs a deadline to get things finished. Trombones are optional.

Jeannine said...

Best of luck with your projects! I seem to work the same way. Maybe we can start a club!

:)

painted fish studio said...

more more more, tell me more about the trombones!

and now i understand the procrastination...

i am having focus issues, too, cuz i don't want to do icons for the client that won't go away, and i don't want to work on tedious boxes that aren't quite fitting together. where should i browse to next...

AG Ambroult said...

Ahhhh yes. An artist after my own heart. Nothiing like a good dealine bearing down on me to get me to actually do something. I wonder what it is that gets others to do things BEFORE those last grains in the hourglass?
Uh, trombone warehouses exist?

freebird said...

I think you are going to be very, very busy for a while! I enjoy just seeing those colored sheets of paper! Do you do a lot of paper cutting besides inking and drawing?

Lindy Gruger Hanson said...

Just found your blog. I look forward to coming back for a visit. Good luck with your art!

la ninja said...

procrastination is la ninja's middle name too, hun. oh well...

trombones? nearly forgot they existed under the current vuvuzela madness. go on, then, don't blow us off and tell us about 'em, then ;P

Domestic Scribbles said...

Love the mystery of painting in the trombone warehouse parking lot--do tell!

Also, can't imagine why your greeting cards wouldn't be a go! Doodle on!

jane said...

so glad i´m not the only one. i´d love to see the maps you come up with:) hugs dear aimee!

Kelly Warren said...

procrastinators of the world unite!

Hip Mountain Mama said...

gotta love procrastination...you are so right as there is no better motivator than a time crunch!
suzy

●• Thereza said...

ohh don't talk about procrastination... i have 3 big deadlines for the end of the month and haven't even started on 2 of them... ahhhh

Phoenix Peacock said...

explosive painting fiesta - I can't wait to hear more!

suzie said...

deadlines are a real mixed blessing, they do have a way of stirring the slumbering beast:) Bonne courage!

Natasha said...

Procrastination Central to Aimee...come in Aimee! You are perfect just as you are.. It's only July you still have time. You will do it! We believe in YOU!
The Official Procrastination Chairman

PS We've known that you wanted the "Procrastination RULES"bumper sticker delivered tomorrow for the last six weeks so we shipped it to you rush, super express overnight today.

Natasha said...

Oh and I sincerely hope that the card line will get a green light!

BT said...

Oh you are so busy!! Now I'm reading your blog backwards so I know about the paint explosion and the trombones!!

Liz said...

BUT you have your coffee, and when you (like me) are a procrastinating girl, coffee is a very very best friend!
xo

meg duerksen said...

my dad was a reporter for the journal world for 10 years! :)