Motivate n' Celebrate! Staying Inspired One National Day at a Time | David (Bruckaroni) Bruck | Skillshare

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Motivate n' Celebrate! Staying Inspired One National Day at a Time

teacher avatar David (Bruckaroni) Bruck, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Animator

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Research and Explore

    • 3. Stay Focused and Kick Anxiety to the Curb!

    • 4. What Motivates and Inspires YOU!

    • 5. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

The main objective of this course will be to help guide you to stay focused and motivated by creating lists and projects to share for the National Days.


I'm a big fan of social media posts acknowledging a National Day (National Doughnut Day, National Deviled Eggs Day etc ) and have found this to be a great way to inspire myself.

Whether you're a photographer, illustrator, cook, actor, painter, etc. It doesn't matter. As long as you like creating content to share on social media then this class is for you!

By the end of the course you should feel more confident and motivated to start those projects you've been putting off for way too long. Hopefully you'll also leave here feeling that you are now part of a bigger community and maybe even make some new friends in the process.

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David (Bruckaroni) Bruck

Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Animator


I am an energetic and imaginative designer that loves bright colors, toys, animation, t-shirts, monsters, candy and more!

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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. My name is David Brock, and I'm a graphic designer, illustrator and animator currently living in New York. I've done work for companies such as Whole Foods Market, High of Studios and Wonder Build Studios. I also have my own brand macaroni toys and thanks, which I actually created right here on skill share in the Awesome play Brown Brandon classes. I'm no stranger to skill, Sarah. I've taken and completed a total of 19 classes so far, and I thought it was about time that I try and teach my own. I name this glass motivate and celebrate one national Day at a time. Because with this class, I plan on helping you stay motivated and excited to keep making new projects and learn new skills by creating content that celebrates the natural days, such as National donut. That's personally one of my favorites, and it happens twice a year. I wanted to teach this class because I often struggle with anxiety when I have a bunch of projects are skills I want to work on, and I thought maybe a lot of you out there might struggle with these problems, too. I'm excited to be teaching this class, and I encourage you to join me so we can motivate and celebrate together 2. Research and Explore: Hey, thanks for enrolling in my class. First, I'd like to talk to you about a little website I found called www dot national day calendar dot com. I use this site to find out all the national days there are, which you might be surprised by quite how many exists and how obscure some of them are. If you're curious what's special about today, you can go right over here to the Today tab. However, with this class, I'm hoping to teach you how to plan ahead. So I'm gonna have you go ahead and click the browse by month tab. You'll see they have all the day's listed for a year's time. I'm going to go up and click on November 2016 and show you how you can research and be led to some pretty exciting ideas. You'll see. They have the National Days, the National Week, observation, National Month observations and international Days. This class is focusing on the national days, so that's what I'm going to click. But feel free to explore and create things for these other options as well. Now you will see each day tends to have multiple celebrations. There are a lot of days I personally, never even knew existed, which got me pretty excited. Now me personally, I'm a candy fiend. So when I saw that there was a national candy day, I knew I had to do that one. I'm gonna go back up to November 4th and click on National Candy Day. Now for each day you'll see a little brief description right over here for the day. Then if you scroll down a little bit, you'll see the history for the day. Now, each day will be different. Somebody have a large list, the history behind the day and how it has been and can be celebrated, while others might be very brief into the point. I personally like the days like this one with a lot of info, because it can really help stir up all sorts of ideas he might not have originally thought of. For instance, we go right here. I learned that the word candy began being used in the 13th century, so maybe I might want to create a fake declaration of national candidate. I also learned over here that candy originally was a form of medicine, so maybe I might want to create a fake doctors prescription for my favorite type of candy. Then I'm gonna go down here. This was my favorite thing I learned about. I learned that Eminem's were created in 1941 to be given to American troops fighting in World War Two. So this gave me the idea of maybe creating a World War two propaganda poster of either Nazis trying to steal America's M and M's for Uncle Sam, encouraging you to enlist so that you can have a taste of America's new invention. These were just some of the ideas that I happen to come up with from doing my research on the day. Most of these ideas I would have never even associated with candy before coming to the site . Anyways, the point is, by coming to this site and doing a little research, who knows what kind of ideas it'll start up in you? I also want to point out each day has its own special hash tag, right under how to observe. You could see it right here and then you want to make sure to use this hashtag when posting to social media. Now that you know how to research and explore the national days, let's get you focused 3. Stay Focused and Kick Anxiety to the Curb!: in this section, I'll be talking to you about the benefits of list making. The first benefit I'll be talking about is focused. I have found that list making is a very good way to help myself stay focused by having a list. I don't have to keep stopping and thinking about what I need to be doing, and that allows me to complete more tasks in less time. The next benefit is productivity. I highly encourage you to make some form of physical written list. I personally like grabbing a piece of scrap paper and a pen so I can write down when I am hoping to accomplish. But a dry erase board sketchbook make herself word document. Whatever written or typed formalist can work just as well. I have found that if I have a written list of things I need to do, I am more likely going to complete all the tests rather than if I had a mental list of those same tasks. When a task is on paper, I accept it for what it is, and it becomes less scary to me because I can begin to strategize the quickest and most efficient way to attack it. When I have a running mental list, I build it up to be five times worse than it really is. And then I started to get anxious and procrastinate for as long as I possibly can. Sometimes I'll even forget certain tasks I was supposed to complete just because they slipped my mind. The last benefit is what drives me the most, and that's the sense of accomplishment. After I complete a task, I cross it off my list. The satisfaction of crossing things off my list gives me the sense of accomplishment. That then drives me. You want to accomplish more. Then when my list is done, I sit down and start to think, Okay, now what else can I do? And I start to create a new list, which really helps me stay motivated. So here is the list I created. This list can also be found in my class project. I started this project at the end of October, so I wanted to make my list two months out this way. When I was done with November, I could start my list for January while working on December so I could always have a list ready to go when making my list. I chose the days I found most interesting just by reading their names. I knew my list was a bit ambitious, but it might not be able to accomplish every day I wrote down, but I wanted a master list of the days I thought were most interesting to me this way. Whatever ideas I came up with that I really liked. I made sure to make time to get those accomplished, but I still had other days. I found interesting as well that I could research and think a little harder about if I found a little extra time on my hands. Now it's your turn. Before starting the next lesson, I'd like for you to create a list of your own and upload it to the class project. Remember when creating your list to make the list for the month that we're currently in and the following month I know my list was pretty long. Don't feel like you need to have a huge list if you're Onley gonna make yourself too anxious to want to start it. If you feel comfortable only choosing one or two days a week for each week. That's also great. Remember, the point is just to keep you motivated. So whatever is going to motivate you the best that is going to be your best option. Most importantly, remember to have fun, because that's what this class is really all about. And I look forward to seeing everybody's lists. 4. What Motivates and Inspires YOU!: I have been working on developing a creative style of voice for myself and my work recently and have found that I've been asking myself the same questions over and over again. The 1st 1 is what motivates and inspires you. I decided to make a list of things that motivate and inspire me, so when I get stuck, I can refer back to it. It is also very helpful when I'm trying to come up with an idea for a specific day. For instance, I really like pop culture references. So when I was trying to come up with an idea for National Donut Day, I thought it would be funny to make a short animation parenting the famous Buffalo Bill seen in Silence of the Lambs by referring to my list, it allows me to create a piece I was excited toe workout while also conveying my love for pop culture and my twisted sense of humor, which I have found really help, that my own perspective to my work, the other questions I have been asking myself are, What skills do you want to work on? Are there any new skills you've wanted to learn? But you haven't made time for. Are there skills you already have? But you want to continue to improve. I made this list of skills or projects that I have and others that I am passionate about and would like to work on. For instance, when I am working on my projects, I try to vary the techniques I used based on my list. Creating something for the sole purpose of sharing it for the day takes a lot of pressure off myself. Well, the's national days air basically little stepping stones to get you to keep creating because there's always a new day to create something new. Some days you're projects might not turn out quite like you hope for, but you share it. Look back at what you might have learned or accomplished while working on the project. While other days they may exceed your expectations, you might end up wanting to turn it into something bigger, like a print or T shirt or whatever those big projects are that you're passionate about, but you get too anxious to complete when you overthink the process of creating it. Now I'd like you to really think about these questions and create a list of your own. First, make a list of what motivates and inspires you. Then make a list of skills or projects that you'd like to work on or develop and share them in your class project. These lists are going to really help you discover your own voice and help you stay motivated and inspired while celebrating the national days. 5. Final Thoughts: thank you so much for taking this class with me. Now that you've learned about the national days and figured out what motivates and inspires you, I hope that you're ready to start celebrating. I'd like for you to upload a couple of your final designs to the Project Gallery to share with the class. It's really inspiring seeing everyone's own unique perspective on the day's. I'd also love for us to start a community out there on social media, So I created this custom hashtag free to use when posting. This is my first time teaching, so I'd appreciate it if you could please leave me a review and let me know how I did. If you like the class, why not share it with some friends when it comes to celebrating and motivating, the more the merrier.