I’m launching a new thing today called Freebies For a Cause. It’s my effort to contribute towards good causes with free graphics, because I’m too financially-challenged to actually donate money.

So which worthy cause is first on my freebie hit list? Well, whether or not you’re a fan of jumping on social media bandwagons (and generally I’m not. Unless it involves Whittakers chocolate), there’s a campaign building momentum amid factions of social media, and it’s one I can identify with. It’s called Project Semicolon, and it’s a movement that aims to bring support to anyone who struggles with depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts or addiction.

Project Semicolon was started in 2013 by a person named Amy Bleuel, as a tribute to her father who had committed suicide. This awareness campaign uses the semi-colon (;) as a symbol of solidarity – to show you are a survivor of depression/suicidal thoughts/etc, and that you are not giving up. Or alternatively, as a show support for someone close to you who has been effected by these often-debilitating feelings.

premades-projectsemicolon-watercolour-cover

 

 

Why a semicolon?

A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.
projectsemicolon.com

Whether it’s in the name of their own struggle or in support of someone else’s, participants use this symbol (often via tattoo or ink drawing) to declare their support for the cause and commitment to staying strong. And while internet-fad led tattoos are another thing normally guaranteed to set my eyes rolling faster than a set of marbles down a staircase, I can understand the sentiment in this. What better than a small obscure punctuation mark shared by thousands of others around the world to remind you that you’re not alone during your most darkest desperate moments?

“It’s a reminder for me that I made the choice to fight for my life instead of giving up.”
– Alex Bieger, a recovering addict who is one of the many people with a semicolon tattoo. Buzzfeed News

So is this the part where I say “hey look guys, I got a new tattoo!”? Not quite. But this is the part where I say I’ve made some free-to-download timeline covers and profile pics that anyone is welcome to use if they’d like to kit out their Facebook page in support of the cause. Either for themselves or for the sake of someone they’re close to. There’s a range of colours and styles, with potentially more to come.

Check out the full range and download ’em right here!

 

project semicolon skull

project semicolon paisley

 

 

If you’d like to suggest a design idea or would like any of these designs in a different size (for use on other websites), feel free to message me or leave a comment.

 

 

vector art

All has been quiet on the IMD front lately, though for good reason. Although I’m sure the chirping crickets and tumbleweeds have sorely missed my ramblings.

I’m currently working on a website for a local artist who has exhibited throughout New Zealand with her thought-provoking work (hint: Her latest project involves collecting blankets for needy children. Ring a bell yet?)

And in the quiet moments that tend to exist between waiting upon site feedback or new content to upload, I’ve been working on vector-based portrait art. This is an area I haven’t dabbled in greatly before, particularly in terms of detail work such as shadows & highlights. So you’ll have to excuse my efforts. I’m figuring this out as I go along…

 

vector art

My eldest daughter turned twenty this week. Of course, my seven year old took one look at this and claimed “you’ve made her look OLD!” So I guess that’s an indication that I have to work some more on under-eye lines and the likes..

vector art

vector art

This was for a friend who also celebrated her birthday this week. I’m not exactly sure where I was going with that choice in eye colour. And I can only hope she overlooked what I did to her eyebrows as much as I evidently did.

 

And my current work in progress? Well that seven year old who complained the lines on her big sister’s vector drawing made her look too old is soon going to have something else to complain about. Her own eye bags!

 

vector art work in progress

I’m currently working on her hair, but here’s a sneak peek.

bree

Well, in my defense, the eye-bags are real… See now this is why I keep telling her she needs an earlier bedtime.

 

I’d like to say I’m going to finish this lil personal side-project but… Ooh Hey! Here’s a sneak peek of Donna’s website!

donna's site

Phew. That was a crafty subject change.