Happy Bird-Day: Owl-a-Day Turns 5

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Five?!! Can you believe it?! Five years ago, I accepted a friend’s challenge to “do something” with my owl doodles. That “something” ended up being a 365-day challenge that resulted in 385 illustrations and over 400 owls (several posts had an extra or two as part of the story). I used that challenge to help me beat burnout and escape what had become a soul-crushing day job and to move on to my next big career adventure—what I thought was my dream job: working full-time for the nonprofit I had helped to found.

Short Story: I left graphic design for 4.5 years to run a nonprofit out of my home, only to be fired at a Panera without warning or cause, replaced by a friend of a board member, and left with no chance of a full-time job (thank you “confidential conversations” among friends) and no unemployment (small nonprofits are not liable in Ohio). While I’m hurt by how this was handled, I’m not angry or looking to place blame. It’s simply time for me to learn and to move on.

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Owl Print 12 of 13: It’s Owl Atomic

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And the last* of the 12 8.5″ x 11″ prints in my 13 owl print challenge is now available. I was in overdrive during my last design session, so this one comes almost a week early. My owls just had to play with those fun atomic road signs one last time before I wrapped up this series.

You can purchase this one (and the entire series) at Atomic Owls (my Etsy site). Use coupon code LUCKY13 for 13% off through the end of the year.

I’ve also added shipping to the UK and Canada!

Since that last design session was so intense–I have three nearly finished owl prints–I’ll send out super secret print 12.5 to only those who have ordered all of the 8.5×11″ prints. It’s always fun to have a nice surprise, right?

Owl Print 11 of 13: Owl Be In Pieces

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Owl Print 11 of 13: Owl Be in Pieces was the first of 7 designs (yes, 7!) that came out of this morning’s design session. The ideas just kept hitting me–I was under creative attack, and I loved it!

Since so many owl designs came out of this session, this series will continue beyond the original 13. I’m debating how I want to handle the remaining designs, so keep an eye out here for a special announcement.

For now, you can order print 11 through my Etsy shop, if it happens to tickle your retro fancy.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/173090871/owl-print-11-of-13-owl-be-in-pieces

And now back to OWLS: Owl Print 9: Who’s Pining?

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The latest print in the 13 owl print series is ready for preorder! https://www.etsy.com/shop/AtomicOwls

Get all 12 of the 8.5×11″ prints now through Atomic Owls. Prints 1 through 8 will ship immediately, and prints 8 through 12 will ship no later than January 3, 2014.

AND (Yikes I sound like an infomercial!!), get 30% off any purchase of two or more prints (even the non-owl prints and the full series) with code CYBER13. The coupon is valid through Friday, December 6.

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Owl Print 7: Owl Burst

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I love starbursts, so I figured I’d do a print dedicated to them. So here it is: Owl Burst. It’s available for purchase at my Etsy Shop: Atomic Owls.

Use code 13FOR13IN13 for a discount on this print and all others in the series.

Owl Print 6 Revisited

 

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Print 6 just wasn’t working for me, so after a week of thinking it over and a nice 6 mile run, I figured out just what the issues are and what I wanted to do to fix them. It’s available for purchase at my Etsy Shop: AtomicOwls.