Long time no speak…

Well, it has been quite a long time since my last post. I am planning on changing that and posting on a more regular basis. From design news, inspiration to tips and tricks and creative work that I do to share with you all. Whether it’s a project for a client or a personal project.

I would love requests on what you would like to read on this blog. If you are a designer, what would interest you? If you are a business with the need of design work, what are your struggles? I’m open to suggestions and topics that would enable a conversation to the world out there. Let’s share knowledge and creativity!

I will also start posting about other professionals that I have found a pleasure working with. Perhaps have them post something once a month and talk a little about themselves. What do you guys out there think? I just thought of it and I am kind of loving that idea!

Let’s keep the silence out and let’s get on talking!

Thanks for reading :)

Question

Her head rested on his chest. They were both naked and sweaty after sharing their bodies with each other. She lay there, pensive; thinking about the answer to the question he had just asked. She didn’t really want to reply, but she knew she couldn’t hold quiet. He would get restless and ask her again. “What is it that you want?” He had inquired. A question in nature so simple… and yet, so damn difficult to answer…

“I guess” she finally said “I want the simple things in life: joy, happiness, freedom…”

“And how are those things simple?” he asked with a cheeky smile. He felt philosophical and ready to pick her brain.

“Well…” she started, returning the smile “… they are within us to accomplish. Therefore, the only thing standing in our way is ourselves.” She blinked an eye at him. He noticed she was being slightly coy.

“Now you are just going around the bushes. Why don’t you say what you really want to say?” He asked, looking at her with his penetrating brown eyes.

She felt as if he was studying her soul, reading into her eyes and discovering the truth that lay beneath them. She didn’t like it when he knew more than she wanted to tell, although she loved that he knew her so well.

She knew what she wanted. Or did she? She thought she did. She didn’t want to utter the words because that meant expressing what was in her heart and she wasn’t ready for that. Furthermore, she knew HE wasn’t ready for it. He enjoyed her company, but to what point?, she wasn’t sure. He was hard to decipher.

“I want you” She wanted to say, but the thought of the words leaving her lips dried her mouth and created a knot in her stomach. She just couldn’t.

She smiled instead.

“Why do you have to be so fastidious? Wants come and go. What I want today might not necessarily be the same I’ll want tomorrow or a week from today. What do you want?”

She stroked his bare chest, his skin soft under her touch.

He closed his eyes, lived the moment, thought of nothing but the question. He knew what he wanted, but did she want to hear it?

“No, no, pretty lady. You don’t get to do that.” He said, held her by the wrists and sat on her, looking deep into her green eyes. His stare was so intimidating she had to look away.

“Do what?” She asked, perfectly aware of what he meant.

“Return the question before answering it.” He said, letting lose one of her writs, and passing his fingers through her chest and stomach. She felt slightly aroused and moved her neck up to kiss him. He moved away, teasing and punishing her.

“Nope. Not before you answer. What do you want?”

“Why do you want to know so bad?”

“Because I am a curious person and it’s a simple question. Why do you have to make it more complicated than it really is?”

“That’s a matter of perception.” She replied, slightly annoyed.

“So it is. But you are still evading the question, and the more you do, the more I wonder why.” He said, playful, aware of her displeasure.

“Let’s make a deal. Let’s leave the question on the table and I’ll answer it when it feels right for me to answer it, whatever it is that I want.”

“Fair enough.” He said, smiling, drawing her closer to him, kissing her neck,  folding his fingers with hers, his breath in her ear, softly, he whispers.

“I know what I want. I want you.” She sighs as a mild smile grows on her face. He kisses her lips.

 

Welcome to my inner soul

I don’t usually write in English, but when I do, I thought it’d be a great idea to share with all of you out there who care to read it.

Therefore, I have decided to add a category in my blog for writing, as it’s another one of my creative outlets. I hope you guys enjoy it and send your comments and feedback, as it will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading!

Natalia

The birth of a business

When I started Ormiga Design over two years ago, I had just written my business plan to be approved by the Government of Canada (was doing a government program for new start-ups, and part of it was to write a solid business plan to follow) and I was ready to take on the world, starting with Toronto, of course. However, taking over the world is not as easy as one would think, especially when there are thousands of other people doing exactly the same thing I do with, let’s face it; with a different approach.

I also had this crazy notion that, to be an entrepreneur, a female entrepreneur at that, I had to be a different me. What do I mean by that? Well, let’s say we have different personalities in different circumstances. For instance, when faced with various challenges, we tend to utilize a part of our brain that doesn’t get used much otherwise. That part of the brain, has, in return, other parts that work best given certain outside conditions. Okay, I’m deviating a little and I’m even confusing myself. What I mean to say is that, with my background, my societal learned behavior and my own perception of the world, I had this idea that to be successful in business, I had to portray myself as a serious individual in business. I know now that that’s not so; thus having decided that I will show who I am in order to attract the clients I would like to work with. I have nothing to hide, and I do like who I am. I look around and I see so many successful individuals that don’t pretend to be someone they are not and seem happy at doing what they do by being themselves.

When I was a teenager, I found some drawings my mom had done in her closet. She was at the time taking drawing lessons to improve her technique. I told her I thought they were fantastic. Growing up, my mom had always painted, and most of the paintings I have hanging on my walls are ones she’s created, either with water colours or oil paint. I always thought she was good, but I had never seen realistic drawings from her. So, when I saw that stack of papers with the great contrast, the detail and the beautiful strokes that only a talented creative mind could produce, I told her I thought they were amazing. She seemed humble and insecure about it. She said to me that she had been drawing in her youth, but when she realized she couldn’t paint or draw like Picasso, she quit. She quit for a long time, but she decided to start again when she was an adult. It might sound silly, but I can see where she was coming from. Personally, I know I will never be a Paul Rand, Saul Bass or a Stefan Sagmeister, but I have learned to live with it (what choice do I have, right?). The important thing is that I really DO love graphic design. I really DO get excited when I see a good logo or disappointed when I see a crappy one. I love that there’s always something new to learn in design and, even if I’m not the best designer out there, I know I’m good and I know I can bring something good to the table. I think the important thing here is to stop comparing myself with other designers (especially those who are, well, geniuses in the field) and just be me and bring me, my brain and my unpolluted background that I’m so proud of to my designs.

Thank you for reading!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not one to celebrate the day, but I don’t see any reasons not to experiment with new designs using different approaches (ribbon is one that I’ve started enjoying lately).

To wish you all, whether you are single or have a better half, a Happy Valentine’s day. I especially do want to dedicate these designs to all single people out there who love themselves:)

So here are some designs I played around with:

Origami hearts (background paper is Neenah’s Texture Esse CVR 105lb, pearlized white).

A ribbon experiment with the same paper as above in the background. Not as easy as it seems to shape the ribbon.

Finally, a card created with watercolor postcard paper. A pattern created on Illustrator was printed on the card and then traced with red glitter. The hearts I did as Origami shapes and glued them to the card. I added glitter to unify it with the red glitter.

Have a great day and may all your days be as happy. Love should be an on-going thing, so keep it flourishing!

Here’s a little background history to Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for reading!

Creative List

Well, it’s almost September and I, for one, cannot believe how fast time passes by.

I have a list of projects to work on, and I just need to focus to get them done in a timely manner. Following my very talented friend Cassie McDaniel’s example,  let me share with you what these are:

  1. Poster designs for the Francisco Mantecón contest. Was looking at past winners and I know I can definitely come up with something great, creative and fun.
  2. Holiday cards. While working at Airborne, I took a liking at creating holiday themed wallpapers. It could get to be real fun. Now, for this year, I wanna add my own twist to them. I want to create 4-8 Halloween cards and 5-10 Xmas cards. I’ll think of the other holidays once I’m done with these. Obviously, I’m in a bit of a hurry when it comes to deadlines, as Halloween is only 2 months away.
  3. Finish “manipulating” some of my photographs. I will post some tomorrow (as they are not all on my website) so that you know what I mean. I just love enhancing images that I’ve taken and use the brilliance of Photoshop to make them great.
  4. Gotta continue with my creative mind exercises… and the next one promises to be a challenge!
  5. Write… how long has it been? I still have my book idea to go with… and, of course, continue with my short stories (sorry, just in Spanish).

I think that’s my list for now. Of course, there’s client work to be done in between, but I won’t talk about that until it’s finished and I’m happy to include it in my portfolio.

‘Til next time!

Drawings

When I was in high school I used to draw a lot. Once I got into University, I had to draw for my studio classes and, of course, my projects in design.

Since I finished University, I found it harder to be creative, so I decided to work out my creative side and draw as often as possible.

This drawing is the first of many to come. The subject, horses, as they are always my favorite subject to draw. They are such beautiful animals, that it makes it a pleasure to trace their shapes on paper.

I’m looking forward to your comments or feedback. I know I need more practice, which is another reason why I want to get drawing again.