An Illustrator’s Guide To Creative Space

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ADAMJK can tell you

Adam J. Kurtz's first creative space was a DIY table made from a piece of wood and IKEA legs. "I had to choose between that or a dresser," he says, "so my clothes were just kind of stacked up inside the closet." The graphic designer and author, better known to his thousands of followers as ADAMJK, has since stopped stacking his clothes in the closet and made a full-fledged career out of his designs and drawings with a new stationery collection, two books, and a capsule collection with home goods store Fishs Eddy. Hey, you can't go wrong with Daria-esque musings printed on saturated colors.

A creative space to call your own is vital, as Oprah would say, to living your best life. Not only is there a romance to an artist's studio, there's also a real practicality to it. Kurtz graduated into a two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, New York, that he shares with his boyfriend. (And a two-bedroom by New York City standards means there is one normal-sized bedroom and a second one that can squeeze in twin-sized bed and not much else.) The second bedroom became their home office of sorts, one that allows Kurtz to work freely and that he considers a creative space. "I need to get in the right mindset for a proper workday," he says. "For me, that means leaving the apartment for coffee or the post office, then coming back home again. That's my commute, and then I'm at the office, and it's time to work." By that definition, a creative space is about the harmony it inspires in your mindset and vice-versa, how they balance one another out.

Of course, it would be fabulous to have those sun-soaked, exposed white brick Hollywood indie artist studios, but how boring life would be if we all created in similar spaces because really, "a creative space is about what [you] can accomplish," as Kurtz says. "It's about feeling empowered to walk in, sit down, and know that [you] have what [you] need."

Here, in his own words, is Kurtz on how to find a true creative space of your own.

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What defines your creative space?
As a graphic designer, a desktop computer or monitor is always going to be the central focus, but I also need my favorite pencils, notepads, sticky notes, and my scanner. Everything I make is drawn by hand, with a real-ass pencil, on real-ass paper. I think that intentionality matters.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.