As a Graphic Design major, I do a lot of work with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. They are all pretty difficult programs to learn and are constantly evolving. Staying up to date with the changes is one of the hardest things. I really enjoy taking the time to learn those programs and honing my skills with them, however my heart has always been with the fine arts. I grew up drawing and painting, but sketching was mostly my thing. I have created things that I am very proud of and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else in life. As I’ve said to many people, if I were to do anything else like become a doctor, I’d probably kill someone! So I’m thankful I get the opportunity to master a skill I will never tire of.
So in this post I want to talk about combining your passions. In my major, sometimes I feel pressured to go directly into that field as a graphic designer. However, I’m not quite sure that’s what I see myself doing. Many of my friends are excited to do just that, and sometimes I catch myself thinking, “Why don’t I have a drive to become that too?” But I know exactly why. I cannot picture myself sitting in front of a computer for hours designing signs, ads, posters, business cards, etc. While there are times I can sit for a long, long while and create things with the Adobe products, it is simply not where my excitement lies. I love drawing and painting. Easy as that. But that also is not where I will find my future career. Being in a studio all day as a freelance artist is just not something I see myself doing. While both of these career routes can bring happiness to so many people (and I’m very, very glad others can find success and joy in those avenues), I just can’t see myself doing either separately.
What I’m trying to say is that I am exploring ways to combine both into one, so that hopefully one day I can fulfill two separate passions. Illustration has been a little light at the end of the tunnel. Sketching things out, creating pieces of art and scanning them into the computer to be edited and included into a design has been a fantastic way for me to combine my two loves. I am still searching for the best way to do this, but I’m thing I’m onto something. Especially when it comes to this blog. When I create a post, I’m doing something extremely artistic like photography and then putting it into the computer for editing and writing, and finally posting it. My blog has been leading me down a great path that I am excited about, while giving me a chance to showcase and combine some of my favorite things.
What I want all of you to get out of this blog post is to not limit yourself. Don’t assume you have to go down one path because someone tells you to or because it’s simply expected. Explore your options, especially the things that are most exciting to you. Even if the future looks hazy because of this exploration, I believe it will be worth it. I HAVE TO believe it will be worth it. I don’t think my life or my college experience would be the same if I didn’t get the chance or didn’t have the support to pursue drawing, painting, and designing. It is easily a discipline that can be questioned, but I truly don’t think it should be if someone’s whole heart is in it, because you know they’ll do anything to make it happen. And I’m all in. If you’re having troubles deciding which route to take with your career, or even for your major, go with your gut. That’s the best thing I could ever tell someone. If you do what society or your friends or even your family tells you to do, I can almost guarantee you won’t be extremely happy. Do what YOU love, and find ways to combine all the things that make you happiest.
In honor of this post, and I rarely do this, here is a quick one hour sketch I did today for my life drawing class, (done in vine charcoal). We are studying foreshortening and all had to sketch the same model and position, so here’s one of my first whacks at it. Going back to my roots in sketching was so peaceful for me, so I thought I’d share it here. I still have things to learn with this discipline, but I just love it so much. Enjoy the process more than the outcome! Hope this helped even one of you, see you in the next post! xx