Research makes progress slower but provides better results.
I know this comes as a real shocker but I happen to be one in a thousand digital art teachers out there. Yes, it’s true. And while I like to think of myself as potentially one off the best (there’s nothing wrong with having a healthy confidence complex mind you)… I know there are other graphic designers with even more experience than I. It’s true. It’s true. And that’s what this lesson is about… Sharing a world of ideas and information with you, encouraging you to go beyond my classes and personal insight. Research may make your progress slower, but it will make your life much richer, more meaningful and your perspective broader. Each teacher, educator, mentor or guide you come across has their own unique strengths, styles and perspectives in life. They’ve all been given different talents and different circumstances in life that add quality and value in what they have to share with the world around them.
Alright, I fancy myself as a pretty good designer. I’m a realist, okay? But I’d be a fool to think my skills were just natural born talents. I’ve done my own research and learned from numerous teachers and mentors. My best quality, I believe, is curiosity. It can be a troublesome quality at times, but in the long run if the curiosity is ultimately to seek and know truth (in all areas of life), the benefits are productive, helpful and eternally rewarding. So I encourage you to be curious and research, research, research.
I love the tagline from 119 Ministries, “Test Everything“. In marketing this can be seen as “probe everything”, and in design, “try everything” (in regards to the tools available to you).
My education in digital art did not come from college or a vocational school, it came from curiosity and a ton of research. I would try this tool and that one, this tutorial or another, this software program, or that one. Testing to see how this contrast adjustment looks verses that contrasting adjustment. Or how this color combination looks against that one or perhaps using a different photo for inspiration. Always probing. Always “testing and trying everything” to find what works best, looks best, and makes the most sense to me and to my clients who have hired me.
We now live in a generation of technology with an endless array of educational opportunities. Online education is an absolute FAD these days. “Knowledge has certainly increased” and is right at our finger tips. It comes to us as fast as our fingers can fly on the keyboard and push the send button. Free education, paid for education, there is so much resources available to us, like never before.
The vast number of resources available can be overwhelming. So my desire is to bring you helpful resources and guidance to help you in your own personal pursuit of digital art and graphic design.
Making a business out of digital art takes time, dedication and SO MUCH research.
- Research for how to do specific digital art techniques.
- Research for what tools will help you do it quicker, easier and better.
- Research on what products people want to buy.
- Research on what companies want what you have.
- Research for good selling prices, or service rates.
- Research for trending topics, designs, colors, and even seasons.
- Research for marketing your talents and your products.
Ok, don’t feel overwhelmed… Again, that’s what I’m here for, to help walk you through all that. Let’s take baby steps together so the research and digital art is enjoyable, rewarding and a blessing to you, your family, friends and future.