J.K. Riki

Creative Life

Spec Work is Not Evil

The following is a response to this article, which unfortunately has had the comment section closed. It relates to the tricky subject of artists and designers working for free. While I certainly understand the current “War on Spec Work” that is cascading through our industry like a disease, I have to disagree with several points of the above article (and the war) based on experience in the real world. I…
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Project: Music Stand

Today I’m sharing a personal venture that was just completed. It has less to do with creativity than me just showing off a cool project, but if you want to stretch it to a creativity lesson you could go with “It’s possible to take something rough and ugly and transform it into something great and suited to solve whatever problem you’re facing!” As you may know, I’m currently learning to…
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Want to be an artist? Start here.

Art is not about talent. It’s not about studying in Paris, or going to a big name college. Art is about effort. It is about work. Put in the time and energy and see how far you’ll go. This is advice that, if followed, will allow anyone who wants to be an artist to become an artist. It really is that simple. There are no shortcuts to doing great art,…
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When We Get Defensive

Human beings continue to be fascinating subjects. For example, have you ever noticed that when we get defensive we often immediately jump to extremes? It’s almost as if we’re so afraid of losing ground in an argument that whatever it takes to win becomes acceptable. Someone might be discussing the benefit of national healthcare, for example, and an opponent leaps to “Look how well Communism worked out for Russia!” Or…
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An Update on the Vertigo!

Turns out, I don’t have vertigo. It took two months to figure that out (though it’s likely that I originally DID have vertigo, back in May) but the good news is I now have a better idea of what’s causing my dizziness and I’ve started therapy for it. Long story short, my brain and eyes aren’t communicating normally. The good news is there are exercises to retrain them to be…
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That Darn Computer Screen

So sorry everyone, but I have to take some time away from the blog, so soon after I said “the show must go on.” Of all the things I’ve tried to do recently, the computer screen makes me the most dizzy each and every time. Until I get this vertigo sorted out (hoping soon!) I need to be away from the PC completely. My apologies! I hope to have more…
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Sleeping Till June

As you may be aware from my past two posts, I’ve been suffering from vertigo lately. It’s unfortunately continuing to nag me in spite of a resolution diagnosis of two weeks. Interestingly I find it’s far worse when I’m sitting and thinking about it. Also when using the computer. When distracted with other things, I feel completely normal. This, of course, makes me wonder how much of it is psychosomatic…
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Still Spinning!

Unfortunately my vertigo is still hanging around, and what makes it most severe is using the computer. I can do almost any activity and it merely nags me in the background, but when I look at the screen on my desk the room starts whooshing around like I’m on a boat. Sorry about the break in updates, if it was up to me I’d be fully back to normal by…
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I am suffering from vertigo, so no post right now. Hopefully back to it once the world stops spinning so much!

Are You Procrastinating?

Procrastination is a tricky bit of business. This month I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo, which is a lighter, looser version of National Novel Writing Month. I intended to write while in Hawaii, to keep up with word count goalposts as I continued towards 50,000 words. As jam-packed as the trip ended up being, I only wrote a few words one of the days I was there. The past week,…
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