In the first part of this blog post series on finding and using inspiration, we talked in length about finding and growing your inspiration library. Today we’re going to discuss how to use your inspiration to help grow your skills (drawing, illustration, animation, etc.).
There are many people out there, many creatives, who aren’t fans of inspiration and instead try and find their own way to express creativity. Thats fine, and there are many times I never even look for or at inspiration when I create things.
But when you’re just starting out or just learning to draw or illustrate, inspiration is crucial in developing your skills and your own style overall.
Do you remember back in elementary school through high school, teachers would talk about the different types of learners? Today we know of four different types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. The largest of the four types? Visual learners. In fact about 65% of the population fall under this category.
No I’m not actually be evicted, I’m leaving my WeWork office today forever and thought I’d tribute today’s vlog a bit to that!
This is my first “vlog” of 2018 and I wanted to make it a bit more special than my previous ones from last year. Hope you all enjoy!
A few months ago I had a prospective client come to me looking for me to create some illustrations for their new landing page. We chatted over email followed by a call about their brand and what they were looking to accomplish. During our conversation they seemed to be pretty excited about everything we discussed about how I could help them and my initial thoughts on how we could proceed.
Its easy for people to say “you were born with it, you were born with the gift of being creative”. My classic response is that it has nothing to do with being born with anything.
Growing up I was in an environment where my mom and grandmother always encouraged me to doodle and draw. So I did. I drew daily and went on this way from the age of one or two all the way up to today.
Today marks the one year anniversary of me beginning my new path of working as a full-time freelancer. Crazy right? I still can’t believe its been a year already since I started out on my own! This whole experience has been a wild and crazy ride for both myself and my family.
I find that a lot of people, including myself, always love hearing about who was someone’s first big freelance client. Its always fun hearing stories about people getting to work with Disney, Target, or Coca-Cola. Unfortunately those are three major clients that have still eluded me over the years.
Back in 2014, I was in the best shape in my life. In about 8–9 months time I had lost around 80 lbs and was at my lowest weight since I was in middle school. I was running multiple times a week and by July 4, 2014 I ran my fastest mile yet(8:52).
A little more than six months ago I started down an amazing and incredible journey as a full time freelancer. The first couple of weeks after I announced this big move I was flooded with project inquires and job offers that I didn’t know what to do really.