This morning I am putting together the supply list for both colors of the Abrege bracelet I will teach at Bead and Button. I couldn't seem to find a good photo of it, so I set up the photo tent, attached the camera to the tripod, flipped on the lights and took this.
I'm reasonably happy with the result, but realize that I still need to apply some attention to a better permanent set up. So many things to focus on....
Next up on the focus list is learning Adobe Illustrator. I signed up for a class last week, but since I don't own the software yet, I can't practice, or flail as the case may be. It's been a tough decision to change software since I know how to do many of the necessary bead illustration tasks with CorelDraw, but....when I do get stuck I have no other bead illustrators to ask. There is just not as much assistance to be had with CorelDraw as there is with Adobe Illustrator.
Like so many decisions there were dependent decisions, would I finally make the switch to Apple? It's been the cost of software that has kept me from doing that for so long, but I've now decided to go ahead and make it happen. After waffling over laptop vs desktop I've chosen, desktop it is. I have the ipad which serves me for travel, I don't really need to have mobile access, if I'm going to illustrate or photoshop or do layout my studio is where I'm going to do it.
So I'll be busy with both an IMAC and Illustrator learning curve, throw in some mobile me, and possibly some InDesign, and up the skill level on Photoshop, I think that will keep me occupied.
You may have read the post where I've committed to two more books, the first of which has a first deadline of December, so my plan is to be fully up to speed by the fall.