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This Is How My Illustrations Come to Life

 

Hi I’m Mayi Carles, a tiny Panamanian artist with a T-Rex heart making a living on the internet by being myself, owning my weird and sharing all the lessons I’ve learned along the way, including the messy middle.

 

And this is how my whimsical illustrations come to life (in case you are curious):

 

 

Let’s recap:

  • First, I sketch my quirky illustrations by hand with a .5 mechanical pencil on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of papel.
  • Second, I paint by hand with acrylic paints for a that painterly look that feels like a real human being did it, cuz computers can’t do what my hand can.
  • Third, I scan. 
  • Forth, I clean up in Photoshop + vectorize it in Illustrator.
  • Fifth, I share it with you.

 

If you would like to know the specifics about the tools I use, I talk about that in this post!

 

Is there anything else you would like to know about my process? Ask away in the comments.

 

Would you like to check out my Design Studio? Click here!

 

Till me meet again.

 

xo,

Mayi Carles

6 Tips For Introverts Running A Business

 

There is a lot of hype around being an entrepreneur. These days everyone wants to be one. Build an empire. Conquer the world.

 

I’m an accidental entrepreneur. Initially, I didn’t quit my job because I wanted to work from a laptop with my feet soaked in warm sand. I hate sitting in the sand, it gets in too many places + electronic devices. I did it because (I don’t think you know this about me), but I’m a hermit. I couldn’t deal with the social anxiety of leaving my house everyday + dressing up + driving to work. It’s too people-y outside.

 

Being my own CEO + setting up my business online has helped me feed that neurosis.

 

Don’t be fooled by the bubbly personality. Inside this pint size cheerleader, there is an introvert stirring the wheel, maneuvering my way out of small talk.

 

So how does an introvert run a profitable business? I’ll give you a few pointers:

 

 

Let’s recap:

  1. Like Weight Watchers, I have a points system.
  2. I don’t always connect, but when I do, it’s with one person at a time. 
  3. I have created a tier of offerings that have different levels of interaction. 
  4. I fired Twitter + Snapchat + Google+.
  5. Raise your introvert white flag high! 
  6. Remember that you are the boss of you and your business. 

 

That’s what I’ve got for you today.

 

Any tips you can add to the mix? All my introverts would love you for it. So please add them in the comments, alright. Don’t be shy (wink wink)

 

xo,

Mayi Carles

 

PD: Love today’s yellow space dress that makes me feel like I’m on the set of Austin Powers? I got it at my mom-in-laws lovely store @inmotionboutique

Do’s and Don’ts of Doing Custom Work

 

Welcome back my friend. Here’s another vid for ya’, from my T-Rex heart to yours. This one is all about commissions or special request projects.

 

If you are considering doing custom work, follow these simple do’s and don’ts, so you can enjoy the process + appreciate your client (as opposed to resenting the sale):

 

 

I love doing custom work. Last month I got paid to design a unicorn mascot named Juicy. Pinch me. But it wasn’t always this much fun.

 

When I started I wasn’t charging enough, I apologized for everything that wasn’t even my fault, I had no boundaries in place. I’ve learned tons by doing + making mistakes, so I hope that today’s video inspired you consider doing custom work, or if you are already taking special orders to make it an awesome experience.

 

If you have any tips of your own to share, drop them in the comments below this episode.

 

xo,

Mayi Carles

 

PD: Love today’s jumpsuit? I got it at my mom-in-laws lovely store @inmotionboutique

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

 

Not every day I feel energetic. Happy hippo. Awesome. Self confident. Overly excited about E-VERY-THING. It’s annoying I know. I annoy myself sometimes for being so positive.

 

But you should meet Mayi-zilla. She ain’t this cheerful. She’s hangry. Whiney. Bitchy. And likes to stay in her pajamas all day to avoid sunlight + any contact with the human species.

 

Whenever I go Mr. Hyde on my Dr. Jekyll I have a list of go to activities that make me feel the best feelings in the world.

 

These are a few of my favorite things (said in song like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music):

 

 

Now it’s your turn.

 

Share with me your list of favorite things in the comments or social media @mayicarles.

 

xo,

Mayi Carles

 

PD: Special thanks to my mom-in-law for this weeks outfit, sponsored by her lovely store @inmotionboutique

Case Study: Peace of Mind Realtors & Insurance Advisors

 

If you’ve been wondering if the world really needs another blogger + another photographer + another coach + another preschool + another yoga instructor + another designer + another skin care line + another jewelry brand + another insurance advisor + another real estate agent + another (insert what you do here). The answer is: It depends.

 

People aren’t just looking for someone else to say exactly the same thing, in the same way.

 

There’s room, regardless of how crowded or sparse a market is, but not just for you to say the exact same thing in the exact same way, but for you + your unique perspective + your opinion + your personal style.

 

That’s why there can be so many pizza places in one town, so many types of Dijon mustards in one supermarket.

 

But you can’t expect to be discovered + liked + trusted, or to have prospects lining up to buy your stuff, if you’re like everyone else.

 

How are you not like everyone else? How to be original?

 

Instead of telling you, let me show you how ONE brand is escaping the competitive herd + being heard.

 

Peace of Mind is a non-boring insurance + real estate firm. Hubby is the co-founder, together with my brother in law. They are doing things differently.

 

Click play to watch today’s very special case study episode!

 

 

I hope that this case study will inspire you to inject more personality into your brand.

 

Your turn. Tell me ONE thing that makes your brand different from the competition. What makes you unique? Drop it like it’s hot, in the comments below.

 

xo,

Mayi Carles