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New Years Resolution Win

December 27th, 2012 · 9 Comments · Comments on Process, Digital Process, Processing, topo, Topography

Seldom do I make a new years resolution. But when I do, keeping one is even more of a rarity. I’m happy to report that in the year of 2012 I kept a promise to myself. My 2012 New Years Resolution was:

In 2012 I will sell a piece of art to a complete stranger.

When I made this promise to myself, I was envisioning buying screen-printing equipment, or setting up a home studio to finally enter in some small town art festival. I’d stay up late working after the kids went to bed. I’d sell prints or posters for $20 bucks a pop.

That’s not what happened.

I had made it a couple months without giving these words a second thought (and absolutely NO action). Then one day I got a call from a complete stranger. This conversation started out kind of like a marketing cold call. I was very short with this guy, but seconds before hanging up he mentioned this blog, “I saw some of those topo animals on your blog.”

I’m glad I didn’t hang up. The guy on the other end of the phone turned out to be an entrepreneur looking for art to put in his new hotel in Lake Tahoe! I was floored! I had sworn off freelance projects, but it was impossible to pass on something like this. And it just so happened that I was planning my first trip to Tahoe in a couple months.

The trip turned out to be amazing. Tahoe is THE most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Cate and I were pretty cash strapped at the time, but that trip was unforgettable and good evidence that experience trumps material goods. We even got to tour the hotel! Basecamp Hotels  was in the final stages of construction. The place was buzzing with smells of paint and drywall. The lobby was occasionally lit by the soft glowing sparks of a welder putting together the bar. The front of the house people were all scrambling too. Everyone was in a scurry to put the final touches on this funky little hostel-like meeting place designed for ski-bums. I  was excited to be part of it. A sign painter was going to come in and paint my design about a week after our trip. As I looked around I wondered where it was going to end up. Hallway? Lobby? Closet?

How did this happen? Did the power locked inside of some desert crystal in Nevada lead to the universe granting my 2012 resolution? I’m not sure. But I’m happy that my piddling around with digital stuff here on JacobMake, and making it public and searchable, lead to something as fun as this.

Here are some pics of the California Topo Bear in the master suite of Basecamp Hotels in Lake Tahoe.

Now…what will my resolution be for 2013?




9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Matt Marcinkowski // Dec 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Congrats man!

  • 2 jacobmake // Dec 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks Matt!

  • 3 Noah Macmillan // Dec 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Awesome! It looks great on the wall

  • 4 Brad F. // Dec 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Nicely done!

  • 5 jacobmake // Dec 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks Noah!

    Thank you Brad!

    If you have time you should definitely check out the rest of the pics of this place. And if you REALLY have time you should check it out IRL.


  • 6 David Ortinau // Dec 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    What an amazing story! And the bear looks really cool. Congrats

  • 7 jacobmake // Dec 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you Dave! It was quite a coincidence that we were headed out there. Such a beautiful place.

  • 8 Matt Raithel // Jan 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

    That’s huge Jacob – congrats! They look great on the screen and I bet the look amazing on the wall.

    What IS your 2013 resolution?

  • 9 jacobmake // Jan 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I just learned that the hotel is being featured in Dwell Magazine!

    Matt, my 2013 resolution is to get an app (I developed) into the iOS appstore. Scary! And there’s already something possibly brewing on that front.