It's been a while- to be exact, in a month or so it will be a year since the site last updated! Not a proud milestone, I will say. Over the last year, my priorities shifted; I changed jobs, I changed jobs again, I started new projects and I was inspired to put my creative energies into other things. So SNOWCOYOTE fell to the side and I started to lose the drive to pursue the goals I had for the site...Read More
We return with a creator spotlight, this time one for independent writers looking to get published for the first time. I interviewed Lucas Kok, artist and Seattlite, who recently finished his first children's book, Taima the Seahawk. For writers who don't have an agent or an established network in the literature scene, getting your work out there isn't a simple task. Lucas is taking the indie path of self-funding his book through GoFundMe while working with a boutique publisher. Read on to find out what the journey has been like!Read More
I had expected maybe some walls would be left standing, to see some scattered furniture or charred remains of appliances. Instead, I was left speechless at the sight of three buildings completely reduced to their bare ingredients. Chunks of concrete. Splinters of wood.
Neptune Coffee was gone. Mr. Gyros was gone. The Quick Stop was gone. It was all just gone.
Some of us respond well to messages of hope, appeals to follow our dreams, and promises that if we reach for the skies we can end up amongst the stars (or something like that). If you're like me, what it will really take for us reach our goals is to break ourselves of our own bad habits. Procrastination, self-doubt, laziness- these are all things that can be pretty comfortable excuses for not taking the leap and just going for it.Read More
A very quick but very handy tutorial about Image Trace. It's not the most precise method of turning drawings into vectors but it will work for many hand-drawn styles. At the end of this tutorial, your art will be a transparent, editable, resize-able vector object.Read More
This Required Reading Roundup is all about learning how to start your own ecommerce business- in just a few weeks.Read More
Graphic designers often wear many hats. By nature, creative people have a hard time limiting their work to just one medium. I find the sentiment to be a lot like, “If one avenue isn’t sufficient to express my vision, then I’ll just have to use another!” Many designers also go through different phases in their careers; in fact, it’s rare to stick to only one thing.Read More
Back in the thirties and forties, signs were made with quality. Companies honed their craft and actually invested time and money into the design. There was so much neon just glancing down Main Street it makes you wonder, where did all of that go?Read More
This is my first time really having full control over a brand, its mission, its content, its marketing strategy, its future projections, and all that good jazz. Since I mostly figured it out on my own, that proves you can too, and I want to share how I did it.Read More
Zen Writer provides a unique work environment perfect for preparing your mindset to get into the world you are creating. Have you ever been to a yoga class where the instructor tells you to breathe, puts on the music, and turns up the thermostat and you drift into a sort of half-meditation? It's a bit like that but with less sweating. Here's some features.Read More
A lot of people graduate from college wondering what to do. Even if they’ve got something going on meanwhile, rarely do they feel like they’ve got professional life sorted. So what do you do in the limbo where you’re still figuring it out? You could do what Anna Rowe did: Start posting her hand-lettered typography on Instagram. What she probably didn’t expect is that over the next few months, she would have 1000 followers waiting to see what she’d create next.Read More
Chances are you’ve seen Funko’s line of Pop vinyl figurines at most stores that sell gifts or geek merchandise. They take the form of almost any tv, game, or movie character you can think of, and even some athletes. Their signature cute, big-head style and 6-inch height makes them perfect for collecting and displaying. However, if you can’t find the character you want, you have the option of buying a blank DIY doll and starting from scratch.Read More
Urban Craft Uprising is a craft/art/food/t-shirt/soap/artisan tea/skateboard jewelry/cat bowtie/knitted cactus/whatever fair that takes place at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Hundreds of indie crafters and entrepreneurs set up booths and present their wares to potential customers. It’s a great place to build your awareness of the small artisan businesses that may exist all around you.Read More
I figured out my own technique for inking sketches using both digital and traditional methods. This way, stray ink strokes or accidental smudges don’t ruin my sketch and I always have the option to start over.Read More