Today wanted to talk about my first couple of experiences with freelancer.com. I decided to sign up a few days ago. I've heard good things about it and thought...why not? It's free! I thought it might be a good chance to try my hand at competing against others for jobs. Plus it might be a good way to earn some extra cash and of course, a little motivation to keep pushing myself to try new things never hurt either! It took me a couple of days to get everything set up. They give you a profile where you can post some work (more or less depending on your membership status) and there is even a place to put resume information. When I signed up, I was awarded one month of Premium Membership which has a few extra perks. This has helped me take a couple tests and post a few more images on my profile than the free membership allows. I'm not sure what will happen to them at the end of the month, but I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. So far, though, it's been a rewarding experience, even if it hasn't been so lucrative. (I'm not going to tell you how many hours I've spend with the site so far! Eeeee!)
My first project was a t-shirt competition called "Finishing the Fight to End Cancer"
[I find competitions nice next to the jobs where you bid on work because you have all the details up front, and you can get started immediately. Plus, the prize money is guaranteed. But the best part is you can scope out the already submitted work from other applicants and see what you're up against! Whoo hoo!]
When I decided to enter this competition, it was only 1 day from the award date. So I really had to get cracking. The details said you had to use the competition title on the shirt and that they wanted to use a white or black t-shirt. I had several ideas for this, but my entry had to be quick so I came up with this idea.
I thought it came out pretty, but it wasn't the "artistic style" that the contest holder was looking for. No hard feelings though, it was good practice and gave me a chance to do a little drawing in illustrator. Something I need to start doing more of again anyway. The winner was a man from Sri Lanka who had a couple pretty good entries. They liked his t-shirt because he only used 1 color but it had a halftone under-layer so it looked like 2 colors. This is something I'm going to try for next time. I actually like this idea and this design. I think he deserved to win.
My second venture into the freelancer.com world was to create a logo for a company called Drip Drop Solutions. They wanted a professional style logo that was black, dark blues, and maybe had a little red thrown in. The competitor logos they previewed had a lot of water drops going on so I started to think in that direction. But I didn't want to do what everyone else was doing, of course. So I made a few sketches to start that ended up being quite terrible! I had thought it might be fun to turn a water drop into a D and use it to be the first letter of "Drip." Eeeeennnnt! WRONG! It looked horrible. lol No matter what I did, I couldn't make it look like anything. So then I went back to the drawing board and came up with the graphic below. It is 2 drops for "drip and drop" and accented with red as requested. Plus it's modern and clean without being too stuffy or boring. I think the water ripples really help to tie the whole logo together. I used my favorite free use font Enigmatic and a little old school Georgia for "Solutions." I like the versatility of it as a black and white or a full color logo. I think it reads well from a distance too which is always helpful.
So now we wait to see what the contest holder thinks. Of course, I've got 5 more days to play around with this logo before the contest ends. Who knows what else I might come up with in that time. I like that I have time to think about it and submit multiple entries is I decide I have different ideas.
Next time I write I'll fill you on how things go! Ok, I guess that's all for today! Thanks for reading and please comment below on this logo and on the t-shirt too! I'd love to get your feedback. TTFN!