SeptemberJanuary2019 Challenge – Day 10

Second Finalized Skullbot Vector Illustration

It’s Day 10, a Tuesday, and I’ve started this week turning the sketches into vectors. Yesterday I finished the first one, which was the big eyes skullbot. Today I finished up the female version that my wife loved and gave her a nice shade of pink, also her favorite color.

I’ve been creating little icons lately for user interfaces, so starting to create these skullbots have been fun. They’re meant to be very simple illustrations with not too much to it. There will be a new sketch everyday for the rest of the week. Once that is all done, I’ll be creating a sticker sheet as well as a custom logo to go on that sheet. Then it’ll be ready to send out to the printers!


Cliff Nowicki is a Product Designer by day and a freelance web designer by night. If you’re looking for a new website or even a logo, make sure to go to the contact page and get in touch.

Finalized Skullbot Sketches

skullbots finalized sketch

I finally got my skullbots down to the finals! I’ve adjusted it to 7, but 1 of them may get ditched. Why? There may be some adjustments in Illustrator that’ll either create more space or save more space.

How did I choose the finals?

Finding the right skullbots to use for this project was tough. I wanted to get a variety of feedback, so I leveraged my social media accounts. Facebook, twitter and instagram were used to get some feedback on what people liked. Some of the skullbots were big hits! However, there were a few that I was kind of hesitant on and didn’t make the final list. Since my main focus was to get a variety of feedback, I did favor the feedback of people that also showed off their sticker collection. After all, these people will probably buy them! That’s not all I did, I made sure to take the feedback from those who could potentially buy stickers and those who were just fans of skulls/robots

There is an outlier though! I wanted to combine two of my sketches together to create one single skullbot. The skullbot with the headset was cool, but my wife really wasn’t digging the mouth. She suggested that I use the mouth from one skullbot and put it on that one. That gave me a great idea for future projects. What if I made pieces, and created an art kit out of it? Something to keep in mind

Next Steps on Skullbots

So I got the sketches, now what? Each day this week I’ll spend time recreating each sketch. Each skullbot will get it’s own personal attention so I’m not just ripping through them. The process will include bringing the image into Adobe Illustrator and retracing into a vector format. This is where it may change from the original idea, but it’ll still look great!

Interested in following my sketches as I finish them? I’ll be making sure to keep posting actively after each vector is finished. If you can’t wait, or social media is your thing, you can follow me on twitter and instagram.


Cliff Nowicki is a Product Designer by day and a freelance web designer by night. If you’re looking for a new website or even a logo, make sure to go to the contact page and get in touch.

SeptemberJanuary Challenge – Day 5

skullbot sketches

It’s already Day 5 and I have a few more sketches up! My goal is to have a full sticker set in hand by the end of September to sell / pass out / give / etc. I didn’t even think about the timing release, as next month is Halloween! Yes, Halloween, not October. Some people get it. I think this will benefit the set as I can sell them more in the genre of Halloween stickers.

This Friday / Saturday I plan on sketching a few more before selecting which ones I want to turn into stickers. I had to give myself that deadline, otherwise I’d sketch forever and never put anything into Illustrator. If you have any thoughts, please let me know!

Cliff Nowicki is a Product Designer by day and a freelance web designer by night. If you’re looking for a new website or even a logo, make sure to go to the contact page and get in touch.

Michigan Web Designer – A pivot to freelance?

Up North Michigan Sunset near barn, a place where web designers dream

Every web designer at one point in their life has thought about going freelance. Right? Let’s face it, if they aren’t full time freelance, people are typically looking for side work. Why? To scratch an itch they can’t at work, to make some side money or to add to their portfolio. The possibilities of why is long, but mine are to eventually move up north on a lake (see above photo) and become a Michigan based web designer.

It’s always been a dream of mine to wake up in the morning, hearing the soothing sounds of water from the waves of a lake. A house that has plenty of space as well as a workshop area that overlooks said lake to do all my design work. Is that a lofty goal? Possibly. Is it possible? Yes it is!

Picking up freelance / side work is far and few between for me. When I do, I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to show my craft. There’s a lot that I can do. Web design, print design, logo design, icon design, video editing and the list goes on. That’s why I made it a huge goal to achieve everything I want by the time I’m 40. Achievable? I’m almost 37 and I’m not getting any younger.

How will I achieve this goal?

I introduce to you my new site coming soon, Over the Cliff Designs. Since I’m open about what I do, I’m sharing it right now. http://www.overthecliffdesigns.com/ If you look at it, you’ll notice is just a coming soon page, but it’s up and online. Turning that site will be a huge work in progress! It’s all focused around being a Michigan Web Designer so my theme will be up north and metro Detroit based.

What will I do with that site? I’ll be marketing myself as a web designer, print designer, logo designer and icon designer. Finding a niche will be my goal in the first year. In addition, I’ll also add an ecommerce section to sell some merch will also be available at some point featuring stickers, pins and what have you. I hope you stay tuned and keep your eyes on that site as I have big plans for the site!

Cliff Nowicki is a Product Designer by day and a freelance designer by night. If you’re looking for a new website or even a logo, make sure to go to the contact page and get in touch.

SeptemberJanuary 2019 Challenge – Day 2

I’d like to share one of my side projects that I’m starting on. During my spare time and work time, I’ve sketched, illustrated and doodled on just about everything I have. I’m sure anyone who personally knows me can attest to that. I also have an obsession with collecting enamel pins for my laptop case to represent things I’ve done in my life. It’s a really cool collection!

The other week I decided that I wanted to illustrate my own enamel pin. After looking up the cost and decided to do a test run by creating stickers first. I zoned in on a fun series of sketches I call “skullbots” which are just a series of fun and quirky looking robot skulls. I came across a new goal setting month called SeptemberJanuary by Jon Acuff and decided to fast forward the process and put a timeline for having a physical product on hand by the end of the month. There’s also a new site I’ll be creating to eventually sell the physical end results, but for now I’m focused on one thing.

While I can’t promise I’ll write daily, I’ll do my best to check in and show my progress from the day. In the coming weeks, I’ll be showing sketches, illustrations of the final product, my process of finding printers for stickers and maybe even a tutorial video or to of me actually designing the drawings in Illustrator! My goal by the end of the month is to have a physical product in hand. Stick around to watch my journey this month!

Cliff Nowicki is a Product Designer by day and a freelance designer by night. If you’re looking for a new website or even a logo, make sure to go to the contact page and get in touch.