I hope you all are having a good summer so far. I’m writing this post like a letter because I feel so far away from everyone that I feel the need to formally address my missing you guys so much because I miss you guys SO MUCH! Does that make sense?
Anyway, I’m doing well (thanks for asking ;) I was supposed to give myself a break after school because I felt pretty exhausted after the final few weeks but after just few days I got right into my summer internship!
I’m doing a design internship for Ed Juan of Forest and Waves. I found out about Ed from pretty much internet stalking him since he graduated from Calarts in 2008. Since then he’s worked for all the big studios in LA and also Laika as a vis dev artist and is generally amazing (check out his thesis filmhere). Ed is continuing his work in animation but in more of a freelance position now since he started his new design studio, Forest and Waves. It's an outdoor and surfing company and he designs, illustrates and prints all the stuff himself with the help of one other person and now me! My duties range from ironing tea towels to packaging blankets to researching notions to marketing and also designing! I just finished my first prototype for him, a summer beach bag (he's the guy pictures holding the bag on his shoulder)! We're hoping to get this baby ready for the fall winter catalogue.
I've also asked Ed to mentor me for animation/design so as the summer progresses I'll be showing him stuff I'm working on. I've been with him for only about 2.5 weeks now and I've already learned a lot about animation, the industry and basically what it takes to make it out there. Really cool stuff.
Oh, also I started a new summer job. I just started working for J. Crew (is that even a surprise for anyone?). I started today and it was actually a lot of fun. I don’t think I’ll be saving ANY money but I’ll definitely have enough chambray shirts to last me for five lifetimes.
How are you guys doing? I hope you are all having a lot of fun and enjoying yourselves. Leave me love notes, please say hello. I miss all of you guys and I already cannot WAIT for school to start.