When I was in high school I use to write lyrics. It’s been years since the last time I’ve wrote something and even so, I can’t forget about that experience. Writing lyrics helped me survive that period in my life.
I have few lines that I really like. Especially this:
“Како феникс се кренав од сопствениот пепел
Наместо покор избрав живот полн со борба и ребел
Но кога се бориш за себе, на општеството си терет
Само гласен бунтовник кој прави проблеми и неред”
It can be roughly translated to:
“Like a Phoenix I rose from my own ashes
Instead of subjugation, I chose a life full of struggles and rebel
When you’re fighting for yourself, you’re a burden to society
A loud rebel who’s making troubles and a mess”
So, I made a little colorful design using this words because I think they are strong and uplifting.
In the past 2 weeks I’ve been trying to learn Photoshop and Illustrator. It’s going very slow and hard. But last week, as I was learning some simple essential things, I saw a public call for artists for an interesting event.
The event was called “YUGO story” and it was dedicated to the famous Yugoslavian car Yugo. Artists could enter their photographs, drawings and all kinds of art showing appreciation for the car. So, I started working on a poster.
First, I draw the Yugo model on a Sketchbook. My intention was to make it look like it was a part of a color book.
It took my 5 hours to draw it!!! Five hours of drawing lines, putting on colors, making it look as realistic as possible. Dozens of layers. But, it was fun. I loved how slowly it shaped into the idea I had.
Than I put it on a background. I chose the same light blue color as the one of the original poster of the Yugo documentary that was presented at the event.
Than I put an old slogan that was use in a poster ad for Yugo: “Everybody needs a Yugo sometime”. I made the word “Yugo” look different from the font and made it the same as the Yugo sign that was attached on the side of the car.
Than I added the dates of the production and the car sign.
In the end, I put everything in a red frame, just as the Yugo cars had one in their car plates. All of this took about 2 hours to make.
All in all, I spend 7 hours in making the poster design. In the end, I was very happy how it turned out, even though my head was throbbing and I was full of anxiety.
This is my poster design:
I was very happy when I saw that they chose my design to be a part of the event. It was exhibited for a whole week and it looked great being on a wall amongst other designs.
If I didn’t start learning Photoshop and Illustrator, I would’ve never done this and I would’ve never been a part of this event. A guess, every work that we do it’s not in vain. It might feel like that sometimes, but you never know what opportunity might come in you way. So, I will continue to learn and work and try to make things happen!
After working a job a hated for 8 months, I finally quit.
I worked really hard. I did everything they’d asked me to do. I would be working the cash register all shift long. I would be receiving new products all shift long and work the papers. I would take care of the warehouse. I would fill shelves. I would clean. Clean the shop. Clean the warehouse. Clean the office and kitchen and the toilet. I would do everything they’d ask me to do. I lost 5 kg in 5 months. I gained muscles. I got exhausted physically and mentally. I got so tired of running around and working five positions at the same time and handling all kinds of people all day long. And they were paying me so little. I worked so hard for 8 months and they didn’t give me a promotion. They kept paying me a shitty payment under the minimal!
I felt used and unappreciated. And as days were passing by, I felt my creativity and motivation wading away.
So, I quit.
It’s been a week and I had time to rest. To think. To plan.
Two weeks ago I had my first solo exhibition. Something I thought it will never happened. Something that’s been one of my biggest wishes in life.
A whole month before the exhibition I entered a competition for a free exhibition at a beautiful gallery. The theme was homeless animals and I entered this photo:
I had most likes and I won a free exhibition. What a joy!
I called it “Белег” which means “Mark” and it’s the name of my clothing brand. I had 27 photographs exhibited, all taken over the course of the past 2 years.
I had my photos all set up. I had my playlist of hours of old school rock ready. I made hoodies with my design.
But, early in the morning snow begin to fall. Lots and lots and lots of snow. So much snow, it was hard to walk on the streets. It was so white. If it wasn’t my own exhibition, I would’ve stayed home.
Still, there were people. Around 40 of close ones and a dozen or two of random. There were others coming and going over the few days the exhibition was open.
I hope people liked it. I had a great time. The whole experience was a huge lesson. I’ve learned a lot of things which I hope will be helpful for my next event. I say event because it might be another photography show, it might be a drawing exhibition, or it might be a clothing pop up.