Holly Nelson

I am a child of God.
I am a Graphic Designer.
I am a photographer, illustrator, and painter.
I am enormously curious.
I am always changing and growing, just not taller.
I am an artist. It is a lifestyle choice, not a talent or a "thing". Make sense?

Personal Site/Portfolio

Follow my design inspiration blog at designspirator.tumblr.com.

Follow my advertising blog at fadvertisings.tumblr.com.

Life After College & Working Instead of Schooling

It’s both everything I expected and nothing I expected. 

I’ve not had ANY trouble finding a job after college which has been a crazy surprise. I have my corporate 8-5 job designing for the state (working for the state is what’s up, the benefits seemingly never end), and I have little to truly complain about. Yet, in the spirit of being a modern American I have found time to spill my complaints out on a page, and I’m going to share it because it helped understand the situation, and it relieved stresses I hadn’t realized I picked up after school.

CONS

  • This is going to be my every day for at least the next 25 years of life
  • My creative director’s education and ideas (as far as I can tell over the past 2 months) are outdated, and I must report to this person 
  • This limits my creativity
  • This makes me feel like I’m wasting
    • I’ve been in the business (design making my money) for 3 years and this isn’t good/smart/fresh/cool/etc. design work
      • I just want to feel like I’m doing something good, or something that counts
  • I get paid once a month, which is only a con because getting a bi-monthly paycheck when I’m questioning my work releases stress because I can at least see how my work is literally paying off
  • Since I’m not in school I rarely socialize
  • I go home alone

PROS

  • I’m finished with school
  • My department is undergoing significant/important changes that should lead to great design opportunities :)
    • It would be a waste of a golden opportunity if business continued as usual
  • I’m looking for other creative outlets which could lead to something super or something I never expected
  • I have insurance and I’m making money
  • I work for the state, which is AWESOME if you’re in Texas
  • Work is a 5-7 minute drive away
    • No dealings with traffic
    • Lunch at home (it’s like a midday work vacation)
  • Though I go home alone, I’m only a phone call/facetime away from who’s important
    • And visits are easier to schedule now that school is in the past and our work schedules are consistent
  • I have time to work out
    • And it’s paying off
  • I have time to read
  • I have SOOO much less stress now that I’m not in school, I didn’t realize how stressed I was
  • I’m young, I’m always figuring life out, and life is huge

Sometimes I have to write down the good things to be able to realize they exist. I had been struggling with the cons, and they’ll continue to be cons but I do have more to be happy about and look forward to. I need to remedy the lack of socializing situation, but I didn’t realize that was a bother until I made these lists.

Now that my thoughts are more organized I can move forward more effectively. Here’s to looking up.

Cheers.

Good morning! #windowart

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

So I landed a graphic design internship (paid of course) with Southwest Airlines immediately after graduating. The whole deal fell right into my lap, and after four weeks of grueling background checking and FAA whatnots, I started this journey.

My whole world has changed in just three short weeks of working this job. I’m awake at 6am and leave my home while it’s still dark outside. I catch a train because it always avoids traffic. I do more work than I’ve ever done, yet I always have time for it and I never have to bring it home with me (unlike school). I get off work, I catch the train, and I’m back home at 6pm, just in time for it to be dark. I’m gone all of the day. I clock in at least eleven hours a day of wearing shoes.

In three short weeks I’ve completed enough tasks to have fulfilled all of my design classes requirements. All of the classes. Luckily I was prepared for this because despite the load I never feel burdened or overwhelmed. It’s quite the opposite really. I find myself several times a day smiling at my computer screen because I’m so happy to be doing what I’m doing. My days are long but they’re full. I’m learning so much I can hardly get enough! It’s simply amazing how many jobs go into making those planes fly. So many parts and pieces, all so important, to making that big picture the biggest.

It’s hard to fine tune what I want to say right now so I’ll put it on hold. There’s just so much that’s taken place in such a short amount of time. This is the life. I’m living it. I’m taking off. 

designspirator:

So I start a graphic design internship with Southwest Airlines tomorrow and needless to say I’m very excited about it. I am also quite anxious about the potential traffic since the drive is further than I’d prefer since I don’t live in the city. Gotta love anxiety.. At least it not the impending doom kind of anxiety. 

Since graduating from college (1 month ago), I’ve realized I’m at a huge crossroad in life, or a major turning of a leaf. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced such a feeling of “new life ahead”. That may not make sense but writing was never my strongest suit. It’s an incredible feeling though. It’s like, even though life has always happened and surprised me, now it awaits me. Maybe this is what’s ultimately making me feel anxious. 

Well life, here I come. I never expected to land such an amazing opportunity straight out of college, nor did I expect to start traveling so soon after college. 😊 Thank you God, for this amazing life you give me. 

Last note, I’m loving these metallic sharpies.

Wish me luck!

designspirator:

So I start a graphic design internship with Southwest Airlines tomorrow and needless to say I’m very excited about it. I am also quite anxious about the potential traffic since the drive is further than I’d prefer since I don’t live in the city. Gotta love anxiety.. At least it not the impending doom kind of anxiety.

Since graduating from college (1 month ago), I’ve realized I’m at a huge crossroad in life, or a major turning of a leaf. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced such a feeling of “new life ahead”. That may not make sense but writing was never my strongest suit. It’s an incredible feeling though. It’s like, even though life has always happened and surprised me, now it awaits me. Maybe this is what’s ultimately making me feel anxious.

Well life, here I come. I never expected to land such an amazing opportunity straight out of college, nor did I expect to start traveling so soon after college. 😊 Thank you God, for this amazing life you give me.

Last note, I’m loving these metallic sharpies.

Wish me luck!

Oh winter break, how I have loved you and how I shall miss you. ❤️ I’m so thankful for the time I was allowed between graduation and the starting of a new job. Life is so good I don’t know how or why I ever find the time to complain.

The Process

1. Black

2. Pink

3. Blue

4. Purple

And bonus points for documentation!

It’s been a good while since I’ve shared some of my doodles. I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like during the semesters, but as of 2 weeks ago I shouldn’t have to worry about that. :)

Holiday flavored coffees + flannel shirts = very happy days of winter.
Life just seems to feel better with holiday flavored coffees available. And after years of looking out for a great flannel shirt I finally found my match at Old Navy for $15. Just another reason to love Old Navy, and another reason to love this cold weather.
I always feel that old things die away in the winter; bad habits or people or situations just seem to fall away with the leaves. I prepare a new foundation with the freeze, so when the spring comes so does the freshness of what’s new. 
This fall, near winter season, has been far less altering compared to previous seasons of my life, but this season brings a new change I’ve long waited for; college graduation. BFA - achieved. I can’t wait to see what comes next. It’s a perfect time for holiday coffees. :)
Playing with my shadow.
Lovely weather, lovely brew, lovely shadows.

Autumn, how I’ve been longing for you. I know that this is Texas, not like the weather is only fickle here, and it’s certain to warm up again, but today is wonderful.

Holly Nelson

Somebody from work decided my day should be made by leaving this on my desk. :)
If you’ve never read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, 1995, then you’re not missing much. Google can tell you what they are and what they mean. It’s essentially how we feel we’ve received love, and how we try to show love to others. The five are 1) words of affirmation, 2) acts of service, 3) receiving gifts, 4) quality time, and 5) physical touch. Believe it or not, physical touch is not how we all receive love. Anywho, on to my point. As shallow as it sounds, receiving gifts is what makes me feel most loved. It’s not about the grandness of an object, it’s the simple little “Here’s a free drink” that will make my day. Oddly, this is not how I usually choose to show love, but that’s a different blog for maybe a different time.
If you read about “receiving gifts” it’ll say something at some point about how you shouldn’t ever forget this love type’s birthday because they’ll remember or be upset or sad or something. I don’t know if this applies to other “receiving gifts” lovers but it doesn’t apply to me. Whatever you find and learn about the 5 love languages is not permanent or absolute. They’re helpful to know about though.
I love people. :)
Late night rebranding. :) I’m my own client this time and it’s hard. I’ve spent an unbelievable amount of time doing this today. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
Taken this morning. I tried to get a better one but the sun moved and it changed the color. No filter.