Nela Dunato Art & Design Blog

A small change in my branding

A small change in my branding

When I started my website, I wrote about my branding and how it came to be. I wanted NelaDunato.com to embody all my creative work and hobbies, so that people may see the entirety of who I am, and not just one facet. However the homepage image was bugging me a bit. The image I wanted to portray was 'I do all these different things, and I'm managing it well! No reason to specialize, you can trust me even though I claim I can do the job that normally takes 3 people to accomplish!' I'm not sure if that's what came through. All I know is that I did some heavy soul-searching in the past 6 months... Read more...

The Fool's leap

The Fool's leap

They say even a kick in the rear is a step forward, and I tend to agree. As of September 1st I no longer have a day job, and it's just the kick in the right direction I needed. If you're wondering how this came to be, read on. I could potentially sum it up in a paragraph, but where's the fun in that? Read more...

How perfectionism is ruining my chances of accomplishing anything

How perfectionism is ruining my chances of accomplishing anything

I've realized (not recently, but it keeps hitting me on the head often) that perfectionism is number 1 reason why my projects don't get done. When I want to make a project 100% on my own terms and the way I imagined it, and I realize it's not possible for me at this moment, I choose not to do it. I postpone it for some future time when I'll have all the resources I need to do this project properly. I just wanted to share this because I'm probably not the only one to feel this way. And because I'm trying to break the annoying myth of "Nela has everything figured out" that I just can't live up to. Read more...

Sketching in the museum — a new adventure!

Sketching in the museum — a new adventure!

I've been planning to go sketch in a museum for a very long time. But I always had something 'more important' to do, and I was so very 'busy'... As I was going through my to-do list for this year, a bullet point "draw in a museum" caught my attention. And I said to myself, 'Tomorrow it shall be. I'm going on an artist date in a museum.' Read more...

Why I still start all my design work on paper

Why I still start all my design work on paper

I don't work all analogue of course - all my final design work is a digital creation. However in the beginning stages - logo brainstorming, website wireframes, illustration sketches, poster compositions - I prefer to work on paper. If you're wondering why I decided against getting a tablet PC at the moment, here are my reasons, accompanied by some rough behind-the-scenes sketches. Read more...

Top 10 things you can do when your creative business is slow

Top 10 things you can do when your creative business is slow

Most creatives I know are very, very busy. We always have more ideas than time to execute them. But in the rare event that you — a designer, an illustrator, an artist, a photographer or a craftsman — find yourself out of work and without any ideas what to do about it, here are some suggestions. Some of these are also great content marketing ideas for creatives that I have personally found to work very well. Read more...

inObscuro hand lettered logo design process

inObscuro hand lettered logo design process

inobscuro.com has been my homepage since 2005 and we went through a lot of changes together. I decided to infuse new life into my website and I started with creating a hand-lettered logo for it. See my entire process from conceptualization and sketch phase, to the finished design! Read more...

Komfor band hand lettered logo design process

Komfor band hand lettered logo design process

Komfor is a band that plays mostly acoustic, ambiental music. Their music is very authentic, and nature is an important influence in their music and texts. These are all the qualities I wanted the logo to portray in appearance, but also in execution, so I decided to make a hand-lettered logo using traditional tools. See my entire process from sketch to finish! Read more...

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