Sheesh! Its been a while since my last journal entry. I have been away fom the drawing board for a good part of last month and it shows! i sat down to do some sketching and it was like starting all over again. I have been spending a lot of time looking for a new job and trying to get my skills in Adobe After Effects up to snuff. Motion Graphics are all the rage, ya know.
Anyhoo, I have some pieces that are in need of inking and I hope to "get to them" later today. I am also creating a new digital portfolio to interview with on my newest acquisition, a 64GB iPad 3 - in "Batman Black" of course. I decided to skip the model with 4G as I will be using this pretty much where WiFi is readily available and I already have an iPhone 4S that i can use as a mobile hotspot if push comes to shove.
Sometimes I really surprise myself with my tech abilities. I bought the iPad yesterday at a local Target, brought it home and had everything up and running (synced) in about twenty minutes - not too bad for an old fart! I have been working with Macs and PCs since the mid to late 1980s and have always enjoyed the tech aspect of it all, but have never really thought of myself as a computer geek. My wife and friends beg to differ. I am always their go to person for anything tech related and have saved them a bunch of bucks over the years fixing their computers and setting up their home networks. My former college roommate is an aerospace engineer and he calls me when he needs work done on his stuff. It's kinda nice to be needed!
Thanks to all of you folks who have been kind enough to fave my work and add me to your watch lists. It has been especially helpful as I have been going through this bout of unemployment. Being an unemployed, middle-aged graphic designer can be a sobering thing. I have been fortunate to have been gainfully employed in my chosen profession for nearly three decades. This is the longest I have been unemployed during that time.
Interviewing is quite a bit different than it used to be. The last time I interviewed for a new job was in 2004. At that time, I was still interviewing with folks who were older than me. Now, I am interviewing with people who are young enough to be my son or daughter. Yeesh! I have also noticed that wearing a suit and tie to an interview is no longer even close to the norm. When I show up like that, the "kids" treat me like a real fossil - said "kids" are wearing jeans with blown-out knees, flip-flops and distressed alternative music t-shirts. I feel more like I am interviewing them than I am being interviewed - especially when they really don't talk that much or look me in the eye. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I look forward to reading them!