Icons Challenge Update

I have about ten ideas everyday, eight of them are great. But my absolute best idea was to start blogging. And my second best idea was starting my icon challenge where I design an icon everyday.

It’s been 36 days since I started this project. I’ve gotten inspiration from different things around me. I’ve learned a few things along the way. One of the main things I’ve learned is that there are a ton of nouns in the English language.

I’ve been designing and uploading the icons to my icon page and to The Noun Project. I currently have nine icons denied (heartbroken), ten are being reviewed and 18 are approved. That’s something I’m very proud of.

One of the reasons I started this project was so that I could upload them and collect a fee from the royalties. It’ll be nice chump change for me.

I’m excited to see what other icons I create.

*The feature photo is how the icons look in my Illustrator file.

First Day Missed for Icon Challenge

Yesterday was the first day I experience being so busy that I don’t have time to make an icon.

Normally I plan for things like this but today I had to be up early and wasn’t home until 2 a.m. I didn’t have time in the morning to design something.

So what I decided is to sketch out my icon design throughout the day like normal. Finalize the design. Then the next day I’ll submit two icons.

Here’s yesterday’s icon. I worked on it but unfortunately I lost the pencil I was using. But it’ll get done today. It’s someone shaving.

Icons that Haven’t Made It (Yet)

In order to keep myself interested in the icons I’ve been making I stopped randomly drawing a slip of paper from a bowl every morning. Instead I just sit on the floor of my room and try to figure out what I’m in the mood to depict in a line drawing.

I make a few sketches about things and try to see how I can make them interesting. Sometimes I can’t think of something I’m fully committed to so I’ll take a break and leave it for a while. While I’m getting ready for the day or driving I come up with something.

Then I try sketching again. Once I’m happy with the sketch I’ll jump on the computer. After it’s done, I’ll upload it and then do it all over again the next day.

So I thought I’d post some sketches that don’t get to be made digital. But that’s not to say I won’t end up making them into icons later.

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Upgrading My Icon Page

When I started working on my blog the number one thing people asked was, what’s it going to be about?

For a while I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted. All I knew was that I was going to be able write about anything I wanted.

Little by little I started coming up with ideas that’ll constantly give me content to write about.

And now I’m slowly making my content better. I added a photo to my About Me page. I added some color to My Icons Page.

This post is just a self-congratulating note.

Icon Challenge Update

10 days ago I started the icon challenge where I’d design one icon for The Noun Project every day. I started it so I could earn some cash on the side and to constantly have something to design.

This project/challenge has been an amazing experience.

I’m not a morning person. I used to struggle to wake up every morning. My phone has five alarms that I set up because one won’t be enough.

Ever since starting the challenge I’ve been getting up on the first alarm. I go to the bowl full of papers and pick one at random to see what icon I’ll make. And at six in the morning I’m gladly designing an icon for my blog and uploading it.

I plan to continue this project for a long time. Here’s the link to My Icon Challenge page to stay updated.


Good News for a Sad Designer

The teacher I mentioned in this post about enlightening me to The Noun Project, the website I dedicated a challenge to, sent me an email today asking if I’d be willing to have the icons I designed for her class last semester be on display at my school’s fine arts building.

Hi [Tony],

I would like to include your journalism icon project in this year’s Student Art exhibit…

Best Regards, Prof. Barrett

It was the perfect pick-me-up for today because I haven’t been feeling 100%. The reason being that my uploads are still being “moderated” by the website so they aren’t live. I’ve been thinking, maybe since I have them up for royalties they aren’t going live because I don’t have a paid subscription.

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 The coin icon was the first one uploaded on March 17 and I’ve posted one icon every day after that.

I’ve decided to test the theory out. I’m going to upload an icon I designed for my class, the one at the top of this post, and have it be royalty-free so that I can see how long it takes the website to approve it.

But anyway, I responded to the email saying I’d be super excited to have my design displayed as a part of an exhibit. I’m sure there’s going to be other students’ work along with mine. I have to design a presentation piece that showcases the design and then I can submit it.

I’m going to write a post about when the design goes up so that’ll be some time in April.

Random Draw for Icon Challenge

I’ve decided to write down nouns on little slips of paper, fold them and draw one every morning at random. I can spend a few hours working on it and have it uploaded the same day.

This morning I got the noun turtle. Which is pretty cool. I made a turtle shell logo last year so I can pull some references for that.

I’ll be posting quick snippet updates on my Instagram’s story, @pennypressblog


It’s only noon and I already finished the sketch. Now just to make it on Illustrator and uploading.