Dani: Why did you decide to become an Illustrator?
Dani: How did you get started in Klutz activity books?
Dani: Are there any special techniques you use to save time?
Andi:I've recently decided that it was time to get off of FB. It's a ridiculous time waster, it really doesn't hold a lot of interest for me and I don't gain the knowledge that I do from Twitter nor have the discovery that I do with Pinterest. I still have my personal page and a "fan" page (I actually don't call it that, it's my promotional page or workshop page) and the latter I've been trying to update and keep current, but my personal page will eventually be closed. I've been trying to stay off the internet just as a 'best practice' despite loving Pinterest and Twitter.
Today, there’s almost too much to see on the internet, and sort of dulls that serendipitous discovery that many of us had 30 years ago. That can get discouraging if creatives spend too much time comparing their work with others' final pieces and not enough time with real people around a table, messing around with ideas and building on them. On the upside though, I love the sharing of things. As far as saving time with my work, I just try to keep things really organized. Our family is coming off of summer vacation, and both my sons will be in middle school. I make a list of everything that needs doing that day, do the things I don't want to do first, and get them out of the way.
I try not to procrastinate (but I still do sometimes). Procrastination lulls you into thinking you've gained something. Your immediate reward is not doing the thing you didn't want to do, but only for that moment. It's still on your mind, you're not free of it, you still have to do it, and now in a smaller window! People who seem to always have time, ironically, do not procrastinate. They get the stuff out of the way that they dislike, and have far more time for the things they do like. If there's a huge project, take it on in smaller achievable goals. Finally, my best (and most difficult) time saver? Get used to saying the word "no." To your friends, family, kids, school, etc. The more you do it, the easier it is. If you don't have the time and don't really enjoy something, you have to say no. Your time is as important as another person's, but only you care about your time and have control over it. You'll only end up procrastinating over the things you don't want to do, and then you're really in a state! You're allowed to be kind to yourself. You'll find it's really okay, others will accept it and you'll be happier and more creative for it.
Dani: What kinds of projects are your favorite to create?
Dani: When you aren't creating patterns or doing activity books, what do you like to do?
See Andi's Books: http://www.andibutler.com/books.html