I have been blogging for over a year now. I started designing blogs in January. I'm going to tell you a little story without getting too specific...
I started blogging first and foremost because I was being a SAHM and I was losing my Photoshop skills. By blogging, I opened Photoshop every day (just to edit photos and do a custom header, but I was doing it). I went to Istockphoto like many other folks and bought a superwoman image. I had it in my head that a SAHM is a superwoman. There are days where I think if I could fly, things would get done a lot faster. Soooo, there I was with my little blog, and my little Istockphoto character.
I can't remember how long it took, months maybe, but someone else had the same character. Ugly emails were traded. I was accused on my blog of stealing my idea from this blogger. It was all ridiculous, and it is so in the past. My point is...THAT was the moment I decided to learn Illustrator.
Soon after I decided to throw my hat in the blog design arena. I was shocked how fast Illustrator came to me. Check out my stuff...I really enjoy it, can you tell:)
Here's my current dilema...I didn't draw the Napwarden character you see in my header:o I know, crazy, right? When I was accused of stealing my Istock character, I went right to Istock and bought a different superwoman, changed the whole look of my blog in one night, and kept on trucking. Now, I feel like my NW Superwoman is my brand. It's on my blog, my design blog, my MySpace page, my Twitter page, my Plurk page, my Create Buzz page...you get the picture.
Now that I know how to illustrate, it kind of drives me crazy that I didn't draw my own character! I have just always felt a bit of the cobblers children having no shoes ya know?
Here's what I'm thinking...What if I change the pose of this character? Get it? I keep the same character, put her in a totally different pose. That way, I haven't changed my brand, and I don't have to change all my other pages. I will then have the piece of mind of my own drawing being on my blog. What do you think? Am I just crazy?