Something about inertia and drag... 

...has got to explain my current level of motivation.  I have my to-do list in site of my seat, and though it is full of stuff, it isn't too totally daunting.  It's doable.  In fact, I already did one thing on it today.  One of the more time-consuming things.  

And after expending all that energy, I feel done like something that is a clever euphamism about cooked food.  I already DID homework.  I don't WANT to do more.  

Sadly, what I really want to do is clean my house.  It is so dirty that I'm kind of embarassed to be sitting in it.  And, were this any other quarter, I would make an executive decision and set my homework aside for the day and try to find out whether there is a dead mouse under the sofa again or if I just REALLY need to shower...but right now, I have a strictly laid-out schedule that has no room for foolish things like 'hygene' or 'dishes'.  I like to think that if I just got on the ball and busted out stuff on the list for today I would have time to clean at least a little after, but I know this stuff always takes longer than I expect it to.  

I keep trying to kickstart myself mentally, thinking "3...2...1...AND GO!"...but it doesn't really work.  I feel like a lawnmower after that little rubber button thingy is pushed too many times and it floods or chokes or whatever, and you give the cord a mighty yank that dislocates your shoulder, and the engine turns over...twice...veeeeerrrrryyyy sssslowwwlllyyyy, and then sputters to a stop.  

I think, perhaps a few minutes spent with a trashy novel, a cup of tea and  a clove may help.  


just add water 

Today has been a busy day.  

I had my exit interview, during which my counselor and I discussed my employment prospects and I got excited about the future. 

Then I went to Design Studio an acquired three new tasks to add to my to-do list during a client meeting and another one during the tail end of class. 

I had my financial aid exit interview, during which my counselor and I discussed how much money I now owe, and I got less excited about my future.  On the other hand, I became much more motivated to get a job and to really promote myself.  

I approved the layout for the laser etching on my portfolio case. 

I plan to spend the rest of the evening getting my submission for AIGA ready and working on the first two pages of the illustrated 'children's book' I need to have finished within five weeks.  I think if I can have 2 spreads (four pages) per week done, I might just make it.  

Every time I think I'm on track and should be okay so long as I stick to my schedule...I scroll down my to-do list and find something I have forgotten about.  

Today is cold and dreary and damp...the chill is seeping into my fingers, so now I'm going inside.  


What I'm working on right now

Today I took photos (with proper lighting and everything) of some of my more three-dimensional design pieces:


Also, I'm working on some rough concepts for the Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Community Center.  I like these ones particularly:

I really hope I get to develop these further, 'cause I think they're kind of adorable.  

And now, back to homework and The Daily Show. 


*And an outtake, where my cat attempted to help:





I have a website now.  

A first journal entry is a lot of pressure.  I never know what to say.  I feel like I need to define everything that there is about me in a way that is funny, poignant and concise, and generally end up doing none of those. I find myself rambling inconsequentially, then going back and deleting everything I wrote.  It is like the first page of a new sketchbook...whatever is drawn on that page needs to be AMAZING, as it will set the tone for the whole rest of the book.  

On the other hand, I actually managed that with my most recent sketchbook, and nothing since that first page has really measured up, so perhaps I should stop worrying about it.

I suppose I'll start with a little about myself, a little more than my silly 'About Me' section offers.  

My name is Rachel Corn-Hicks and I am an illustrator and Graphic Designer.  


Actually, at this moment, I am a senior halfway through my final quarter at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  Which means I am perpetually stressed out and neurotic (more than usual even) and have nightmares about graduating without having finished my projects.  

Though I have not yet graduated, I have done some design and illustration work out in the real world.  Along with my school projects, I done a fair amount of freelance work, interned for a local educational non-profit and am currently in an honors class in which we work with real clients through the school.  

I am more than school, however, though it may not have felt like it for the last four years:  

I am (mostly) from California, though I now live in western Pennsylvania.  I enjoy both places for the different things they bring to the table (I discovered sledding this year and it is AWESOME).  

I am in danger of growing up to be a crazy cat lady. 

I am of the opinion that one of the better things about being a grown-up is cupcakes for breakfast.  

I am a devotee of the cult of coffee.  

I think cartoons are great. 

There are lots of other things about me too, but I'm not going to go into them right now.  

Anyway, I will be posting snippets of my life and my projects and my journey as a fledgling graphic designer here, so feel free to stop by any time!  

(I feel I set the bar adequately low with this first post.  Nowhere to go but up.) 

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