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a special tribute to Robin Williams

1/10 #Reminders by Alyssa Gonzalez

I couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to Williams than to create a reminder of one of the endless beautiful life lessons he taught us. the first reminder I will share is a quote from Dead Poets Society: “I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.”

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here are some character designs I did for my final in intro2illustration!

from left to right, my characters are McKenzie, B-Sienna, Zinti, Rocco, and S….Snake-O. (obviously I have a little more work to do on their names, ha-ha.) I’m rather pleased with how their designs came out, especially for my second time doing digital work.

the story goes that McKenzie’s favorite sweater got a hole in the pocket, so she sowed it right up with some colorful thread she got at a thrift store and made herself a funny looking piece of patchwork. one day she realized the pocket she had sown had gone missing–and was surprised to find it sitting on her desk, arms folded, half asleep! it seemed the thread she had used was no ordinary thread…curious, she sowed some more colorful friends onto the back of her sweater, and waiting for the the unraveling to begin.

alyssa m. gonzalez 2015

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welcome to my #Reminders Project!

this project started when I got home for the summer from my first year of art college. I wanted to remind myself of the areas of my life in which I could improve so I could go back to school in the fall with an even fresher mind and a bigger sense of determination and passion. so I painted a few reminders that I could hang on my mirror and see every day. then I painted a lot more, and I kept painting, and kept painting. before I knew it I had a whole stack. and I knew there was no way I could keep them to myself.

this project started out as something for “me” and my art, and evolved into something I’m doing for you too. this project is about self-care, self examination, personal growth and personal reflection. (that’s why I shot photos of the reminders on mirrors—pun absolutely intended.) it’s about waking up in the morning and having something literal and tangible to look at that will remind you where you can improve, and will hopefully give you the gentle push you need to keep getting better. it’s about art and design making it easier to ask the hard-hitting questions.

over the next week I will be posting a reminder a day. they can all be viewed right here, more specifically at alyssamariag.tumblr.com/tagged/reminders.

I hope everyone gets the gentle push they need from my reminders. we all need a little help sometimes.

stay tuned later today for the first #reminder!