Costco holiday decor

I don’t post about my product design work often, even though it has been my full time job for over 10 years. I think that is partially because of the long NDAs (there are things I designed last year that we will not see in stores til holiday 2020 T_T).

Still, it’s fun to go to the store and be surprised by something you worked on a long time ago. It’s September, which means Costco has started to release its holiday decor program. Here are a few things I worked on way back when.

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Creating studies of studies

I’ve got a post in the works about my friends’ wedding–it was incredible and I’m still collecting the resources for the post–but in the meantime, I wanted to post about a drawing/painting exercise that I’m trying to put into practice a little more.

A study from the main room of the apartment, probably about a half hour on Procreate

A study from the main room of the apartment, probably about a half hour on Procreate

The drawing from my study. I did things like enlarge the leaves and cleaned up their shapes, drew through a little more, to add dimension, and messed with the color/lighting a little bit

The drawing from my study. I did things like enlarge the leaves and cleaned up their shapes, drew through a little more, to add dimension, and messed with the color/lighting a little bit

This is a drawing done from life with the intention of capturing lighting/color and the general idea of this plant (the mother of like half the plants in my apartment, I kid you not). Later, I revisited this drawing and “stylized” it, using only my original study as reference.

I’m trying to hone my drawing skills and develop my own visual shorthand a little more, so I’d like to do more of this.

Why We Sleep

I finished reading Why We Sleep today.

I’m kind of excited about this book! Since starting it, I’ve been trying to improve my sleeping habits. Honestly, I thought I was pretty okay at sleep? At least recently. A few years ago, I would stay up past midnight working at a computer, have multiple days of 5 hours of sleep a night, and I’d feel like garbage the next day. I still thought I could bounce back or something.

The wild thing I learned in this book is that people don’t really bounce back. Not sleeping 8 hours a night (literally, 8 hours, not 6, not 7) destroys your brain and your body. It’s hard not to sound sensationalist about this, honestly.

I think I’m going to cut back drinking caffeine–less mornings with coffee, and if I can avoid it altogether in the afternoon, I will. It’s going to be hard, but let this be a written record—I’m going to try!

Alcohol too. No beer or wine before bed! It apparently takes a whole day to metabolize alcohol in a way that will not hurt NREM sleep o_o.

Oh yeah, and no more screens before bed. Later computer :P