The other day, I couldn’t bare to look at my computer screen for one more second. Not one. I blame early spring. I was feeling burned out. So, reluctantly I gave myself permission to go on a field trip. It was 10AM on a Tuesday — very much out of the norm for ABD.
I grabbed my sketchbook and headed down to the local aquarium. It’s an amazing place and their slogan is “Cheaper than a therapist!” Okay it’s not, but it should be.
I lucked out — no screaming kids. For the next couple of hours, I roamed the exhibits, sketched out various creatures that caught my eye and generally tried not to look like the creepy bearded guy by himself. It was a great afternoon and very relaxing.
Here’s some scans from my sketchbook:
Fast forward: a few weeks later when I was looking back through my drawings all these ideas just started flowing. I scanned in my drawings and made a short illustrated series for fun.
Then a few days after that, I ran out of business cards. Time was short so I grabbed my fishy friends and turned them into some new business cards. Take a look:
The moral of the story: sometimes it’s okay to give yourself permission to do something out of the ordinary. You never know what kind of creative ideas a little “me time” will spark. Try that on your boss and let me know how it goes.
Have a great week,
PS – I really want to do some creative work for the Aquarium so if you’re reading this, SC Aquarium, swipe right.
5 thoughts on “Fishy Field Trip”
Great card! I would hire you.
Yeah Andrew!! Keep it up!! Will be in town this summer and hope to see you and the family.
Great perspective, Andrew – thanks for the inspiration!
This is awesome! Great work!
I think you are awesome, Andrew Barton!!!