How I design a graphic tee while being a stay-at-home mom.
I did it. I’ve designed a graphic tee while staying at home with my two and half years old boy. It took a while, it was not easy, but I could not be more excited.
This was my design process.
- Leave my work out. I learned this from painting. If you want to paint more, you needed to setup a space where you could leave your paints out at all time. This way the time it takes to start painting is minimum. Minimizing startup time is crucial for me, when I only have one hour or so in the morning and two hours during his day nap to work.
- Learn to say no. Stay focus. I’ve many interest, many ideas, and many things that I want to do. I keep reminding me to say no and ignore my FOMO or fear of doing the wrong thing.
- It’s OK. There were days when I was unable to do any work and I had to learn to accept that I wouldn’t be able to work as much as I wanted. And make sure my focus was on the things that I can control and not of things that I cannot.
- Don’t be afraid to start over. I spent many hours designing a tee but I was unable to get it quite right. I kept trying and trying because I didn’t want my work to go to waste. Finally, I opened a blank page, started over and finished my tee.
- Ask for feedback. I always find it a bit scary to ask for feedback but at the final stages of a design I find it hard to critic my own work plus I do want my design appeal to more than me. So, I SMS my friends my work and got feedback which helped me make the design even better.
- Good artists copy; great artists steal. I love this quote from Pablo Picasso. I draw inspiration from other great designers. I study them and I figure out what works and what does not. Then I steal.
What things help you get your work done? How do you balance work + life?
You can check the tee at crowdwell.co, 25% of sales is donate to Planned Parenthood.