Warning: This is one of those rambling posts. But interesting if you stick with it.
I didn’t blog last week, partly because well I don’t have to. But, mainly because I just wasn’t feelin’ it. I’m a believer in blogging when I have something to say or share.
Design by Nicole Martinez
So, the reason I wasn’t feeling up to blogging isn’t because I’m tired of blogging. I love documenting beautiful and inspiring work from around the design world or curating stylish items for the home and closet. I enjoy curating, I’m just tired of ONLY doing that. I keep feeling like I can’t take the next step in Graphic Design because I got started too late and I should just be happy where I’ve landed, which is somewhere between Interior Design and Graphic Design.
But recently I watched a lecture by Jessica Hische. If you don’t know her you should, she’s a brilliantly talented letterer and illustrator. During her talk she emphasized doing anything that makes you happy and taking on consistent side projects, even if it means procrastinating the things you should be doing. The “procrastiwork” (her term) is probably what you should be trying to do with your life anyways. But more importantly, she pointed out that fear of the internet (or technology) should not stop you. This hit home for me A LOT.
I’ve taught myself how to edit code when I want to make some quick changes on my blog, but I don’t really know coding. I want to. I love that kind of stuff. I took a class in high school as a random elective and loved it. I got an A in the class. Did I ever consider pursuing a creative career?… Not for one second. So horrible!
So, here’s the breakdown so far…. I enjoy coding but I’m scared to really learn it. I never work in Illustrator, it’s too scary. I love Photoshop. We might be getting somewhere so stay with me….
I see work that other designers have done (like Miss Martinez above) and I’m in awe, but never think I can do that sort of thing myself. My excuses are usually about how he or she knew what they wanted to do when they were young. It’s too late for me to learn all that tech’y computer stuff.
Woah! Step back Cori! So wait, I would LOVE a career where I sat behind a computer and created stuff all day… Not just curated stuff, but created stuff… And I’m not doing that WHY?
So, on Saturday I approached the Illustrator pen tool like it was my bitch and finally tried to learn it. Before I sat down at the computer I sketched out my idea (I forgot how much I enjoyed sketching). Then, I headed to the computer. As I was working, and TOTALLY enjoying myself, I decided to start a self-initiated project for practice and hopefully I’ll slowly get better. Maybe some of it can even end up in a portfolio one day…