How to draw from your experiences (Part 2)

How to draw from your experiences Part 2

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In the last post How to draw from your experiences (Part 1), we mentioned how observation played an important role in drawing from your experience. ‘Don’t just see – observe’. Take note of the details so you can collect information. The more information you have the easier it is to do your art.

How to draw from your experiences – Step 2 and Step 3

2. Interpretation

‘It’s all in the eye of the beholder’  
We all have a point of view that is unique to us. Each of us is at different stages of life, different backgrounds and circumstances. Not only that, as individuals we’ve all been gifted with certain abilities and personalities that are unique to us.
I’m fascinated when I watch my 5 year old draw. I believe she’s been gifted in drawing. She obviously has a passion for drawing because it’s the first thing she thinks about when she wakes in the morning. It doesn’t matter who or what it is – she just draws.
As she observes the world around her she is asking questions. Who? What? Why? Where? If something grabs her attention she studies it to the point where she can see it in her minds eye. Her clarity shows as she expresses herself though drawing. Sometimes with her qwerky sense of humour!

3. Application

The art of implementation – When you translate a dream into reality, it’s never a full implementation. It is easier to dream than to do. Shai Agassi

Coming up with ideas can be easier than bringing those ideas to life in a tangible way. As a graphic designer, my job is to take other peoples ideas and visually bring them to life.
There are many different mediums available to express our ideas, especially where technology is concerned. I’ve created all types of digital artwork for print and for the web ie books, posters, cards, illustrations, photos, videos etc.
Much of my skill set, experience and expertise is in using Adobe Creative Suite (which includes Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator). If you are going to create you need the right tools. You also need to learn how to use those tools. Like anything else, it takes time and practice and understanding the process. You either learn to use the tools to do your art or you use someone who is experienced, who knows the technical requirements and is able to work through problems to find solutions.
Starting a project can sometimes be the challenging part. However, once I have my information to pull from (answers to the ‘who, what, how, when and where’ questions) it’s easier to work through the creative process. When I’m passionate about a project I’m energised into action.
When I create something I enjoy and the end result adds value and brings someone else pleasure, then I can say I’ve accomplished my purpose.

Question?
Is there something you would like to create and are passionate about? What stops you from doing your art? 

Heather Lee

Heather Lee

Heather has had many years experience as a graphic designer in both the advertising and publishing industry. She enjoys helping others by providing solutions to visual problems for print and the web.
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Comments 2

  1. Having the right tools is so important. I agree it does take time but the rewards for learning the tool through practice can be fun and as a result rewarding. What stops me is time. I just need more of it… LOL.

  2. I can totally relate Susan! So true, technology can be the biggest hurdle but as you say can at the same time benefit you in so many ways once mastered. Time can be my obstacle too. If it’s something new I want to learn I like to fast track the process by having someone show me step-by-step.

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