Illustration Bootcamp {Part 1}

Fast. That's all I can say about June. I couldn't believe it was here, and now I can't believe it's practically gone. 

It was a crazy month for me. I had a TON of projects up in the air, which is great, but also SUPER stressful. All of my stress caused a neck injury (say what?!?), so I was pretty immobile for a couple weeks. Mid-month I got an opportunity to travel to Minneapolis for a totally fantastic illustration bootcamp (more later in this post). That was followed by our first garage sale, and then a trip to Pittsburgh to visit Stephen's folks. Phew! We literally just got back from PA a couple hours ago and were welcomed by 100° temps. All I want to do is curl up in front of the AC and sleep for a day or two. 

Bluestar Ink at our garage sale

But I can't do that because I want to talk about my experience at Illustration Bootcamp!

Backstory: For the last few months I've been contemplating the future of Bluestar Ink. I have been having a blast juggling a million different projects that all fall under the Bluestar umbrella. From the freelance graphic design to Fuzzies to screen printing to illustration to knitting to random sewing projects and house projects, my plate is overflowing. The variety keeps me creatively malleable, but I am getting tired. I've decided that I want to focus on one main avenue and all the other projects will become "hobbies". That focus is illustration.

Drawing is my first creative love. If I could draw all day, every [work] day, that would make me the happiest. I love translating the world in through my eyes and out through my pen. But people don't necessarily know me as an illustrator. I am going to attempt to change that.


The first step to my "new" illustration career was signing up for Illustration Bootcamp with Meg Hunt at Light Grey Art Lab. I've never done anything like this before, much less taking a LONG weekend for myself, but Stephen was super supportive, so I decided to go for it. I have been a mega-fan of the guest illustrator, Meg Hunt, for years now, and to be able to pick her brain about her process would be a great opportunity. Plus, I'd get to meet a bunch of other illustrators, including my Twitter friend, Anika!

The workshop was held at an awesome place called Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. Founded by Lindsay Nohl, owner of Paper Bicycle LLC, Light Grey is a classroom and gallery space dedicated to engaging the art and design community. Again, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet Lindsay and her team and learn a thing or two (or fifty!) from them.

I could go on an on, but I'm going to save it for Part 2 of my experiences at Illustration Bootcamp. Be sure to stop back for lots of eye candy from the workshop! *Update! Part 2 can be found here.