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My improvement

Whenever I draw, I tend to draw people over anything else. That is why I always found out it quite difficult to draw the drawings given for me to copy. They were very abstract to me, and hard to recreate. Even so, for the first time I enjoyed the weekly drawings.

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My favorite drawing was the fabulous fox. I’m not the greatest when it comes to drawing animals, that is why I was surprised with how good this one came out. There was barely any erasing as well. By drawing this, I ended up admiring the beauty of this drawing.

Have I improved after doing several assigned drawings? Yes. Even though I’m not the best, I feel like I have better judgement than what I did before.

Illustration is useful

Graphic Design “the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books.” Various areas of art help form graphic design, but with how technology has developed nowadays, illustration doesn’t always pop into one’s head when referring to graphic design. As in for myself, I didn’t expect to have any assignments that required me to draw by hand during my Graphic design classes.

Every week, the students have to redraw an artwork that has been already created. At first, I didn’t like the idea because I saw no purpose in it. But my professors would always tell us that there was use in it, and they wanted our illustration skills to improve. But why always focus on our illustration skills, when there’s other things to learn?

Don’t get me wrong, I love drawing, and I am grateful that I learned more about Illustrator. Being good at illustration is very useful! There’s so much competition going on especially since businesses need a designer. The more skills you have, the more useful you are. And being good at illustrating only increases your chances of getting hired.

Fashion Illustration

I was hit with the question “What sector of Illustration will you enjoy the most?” Ummmm what? How can I give an answer when I’m unsure myself. Thankfully after reading “The Fundamentals of Illustration” I know I can answer that question now.

I happen to adore fashion! Once again, at a point I wanted to be a fashion designer. Damn, I really have a majority of career options. I’ll be honest, I had no idea Fashion Illustration was even a thing. Yes I am aware of the sketches, but that’s it. Now i’m upset with not knowing about this any sooner, but I am glad that I recently learned about it. So, what sector of illustration will I enjoy the most? I’m going with fashion illustration.

It’s a perfect combination! Illustration, fashion, I love it! Every fashion company needs a fashion illustrator. And each company has their own style. Even though following a trend will sell more, a fashion illustrator should still create something new and original. It’s a challenging job, but the fact that an outfit will most likely come to life means it’ll be worth it to me.

 


 

 

How I feel about Illustration nowadays

Keeping it old fashioned

I spent the majority of my free time as a child drawing, and that hobby of mine is what made me want to be an animator. The only problem was that I only knew how to create characters through paper and pencil not computer. It is 2017, most illustrations are shared from computer programs, that ruined my hopes.

Digital Illustration

I was introduced to Adobe Illustrator on September 2017. I was excited to use it at first, but turns out that I did not like the program. It was different from paper and pencil. I struggled using the pen tool, and it was hard to keep the brush tool steady. Because I got to experience what it was like to create illustrations digitally, I began to admire most illustrations. I’m referring to the simplest creations. Because art has developed, it is not easy to create something incredible digitally. And making a career out of it is by far even more incredible. I’m still learning more about the program, and my hatred has decreased for certain. The things I’ve created, simple. And I’m totally fine with that. I still love drawing by hand, but this is a nice change. And with more practice, my art will improve.

Use of a pencil

The use of a pencil is what defines the practice of illustration today. High school days I took drawing classes, and now in college I’m taking an illustration class. Learning about digital illustration isn’t something you learn in a day. It takes lots of time, and a series of classes. Otherwise, there wouldn’t even be art schools. Drawing has many uses, therefore it has to be taught.

 

Dying my hair

Mom’s an influence

I realize that most of my interests start at such an early age. Before entering middle school, my mom’s gray hairs started to show. She wanted to cover that, so she finally decided to buy hair dye. I was excited for her, especially since I’ve never seen the process of the change in colors. I went to the bathroom with her, and kept pestering her to let me try it out myself. I was a dark brunette, I wanted something else. Unfortunately I was just a kid and wasn’t allowed to. I did try however. I put the remaining of the hair dye on my hair. Not very wise. Once I was in middle school, my mom did let me try it out. I went from a dark brunette to a golden brown. Thinking about it, it looked ugly on me. But at the time I was happy because my hair was a different color. The experience was different.

Trying new things

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I hated my natural hair. It was too long and thick. I wanted to be one of those girls who put their hair down, without looking like a witch. I couldn’t do that, I had it up in a ponytail for ages. Once I was going into high school, I decided to cut it off. Was it the nicest hair cut? No, but it was a start. After that, I wanted to explore new styles. I easily got bored with only one hair style. I eventually decided to do something crazy and go for purple hair. It was a risk. I didn’t know how my parents would’ve reacted, and who knows if it would’ve looked nice. I still went for it. I received countless compliments and the style suited me. My mom even accepted it, she didn’t think of me being any less of a person. I was even happy with how it look, but I did get bored. I then got into the habit of dyeing my hair. I went to pink next, blue, green, brown, red, orange, and so on. I even forgot, but I had so many colors in such a short time. My problem was that I was young, and did not know how to take care of my hair.

Do I regret it?

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It got to the point where before my senior year, I had to cut it all off. I did it because it was for the best. I then felt so insecure. Short haircuts are not ugly, there are women who can pull it off. I could not however. I felt uglier than ever, makeup barely helped. After two months, I started to love my short hair. It was easy to take care of it, and apparently made me look younger. I wanted my hair to grow out healthy, but I was impatient. After six months, I went back to my old habits. I decided to go for blonde, because that’s the only color I never had. I should’ve waited, but it was tough. Going blonde was a long process, and still is. Since it was even expensive, I decided to keep it for over a year. If I wanted to go for a funky color, I would just wear wig. I love wigs, they helped control my habit of changing my hair. Being at this age, 20, I am more careful with my hair. Do I still want to try out new things with my hair? Of course! I currently have pink hair, which i’m happy about. There’s nothing wrong with trying new things out, just as long as you’re careful. Pink is not my last stop, I’m going to continue on.

 

My love for Photography

The memories

Early 2000’s I’m sure lots of people owned cameras, because it was better than taking pictures from a flip phone. My mom loved taking pictures. That she even had an album. I was only like seven when I wanted to own a camera. I remember back then that for every field trip, I had to have a camera. So I did. I wanted to capture the fun memories and have them saved in my album. That’s how it started. As a kid, I knew that I loved taking pictures, but never thought of it as a career. I only took pictures because it made me happy, still does to this day.

It is art

I found out about photoshop in 2010. It amazed me how images could be edited like that. Every little edit amazed me. That I even wanted to photoshop images of my own. Then I did in 2014. I never had an idea of what kind of editing I wanted to do, I just let my hands do the magic. It got to the point where I started getting creative with my images. Most of my images were…..unreal. I was satisfied with the results. And receiving comments like “How did you do that?!” or “That’s so cool!” made me want to keep going, and do better. Even to this day, I use photoshop.

Self-expression

Having control of a camera means that I get to choose what I take a picture of, it means that I pick the angles, the lighting, close-ups, etc. And once it’s done, I’m in control of the editing. Each image does have a story behind it. That does not necessarily mean that the meaning is deep, but there’s something to it. Or if I choose to create a story to an edited image, I can! Photography is so much more than a click of a button, it is a form of art. And each image is different, taken from a different person.

Being in Graphic Arts and Design

First time

I decided to start college as early as possible because I was excited about being in the Graphic Arts and Design class. I did start my classes at Keiser towards the end of June, but didn’t start my major course until August. Still, that’s an early start. I was excited yet nervous. I came into class early that day, there was only three people in there. If I remember clearly they go by the names of Karlie, Rob, and Marcus. Just three individuals sitting around one computer watching anime videos. I did not approach them for I was shy, but they were kind enough to introduce themselves. I sat in front of a computer, then a few minutes later, a girl, similar to myself walked in. Her name was Hannah, she sat next to me we talked, and another girl, Macayla came in. The three of us clicked. And managed to get along so well. Those two were the one of the reasons why I enjoyed my first month, Intro to Graphic Arts.

As the months pass

One thing that I found different was how the course worked. There were two professors, Mr. Williams and Ms. Percy, and every month there were new students added. I tried to figure out how everyone’s scheduled worked, but everyone was different. There was no particular order of how you had to take the courses. I am just satisfied with my scheduling. As the months passed I became more and more comfortable with people. And made more friends. What I realized is that each individual I befriended was different from one another. Which I’m perfectly fine with. I love weird. Everyone is even from different age groups. What sucked as time passed, is that you watch people come and go. My friend Hannah being an example, is already gone. I’ll be leaving shortly as well. I wish the course lasted a bit longer, I want to continue learning. Even though I’ve been stressed out, I still love this class. The professors make learning fun, and every day we share laughs.

What to do

I am in this course because I am still unsure of what I desire as a career choice. Every month is something new. That’s why I’m here, to figure out what interests me the most. I love photography! Most of us do here. But what will happen after I’m done with the course? I own a camera, I want to continue building my portfolio. And I’ll definitely go after my bachelor’s degree once I’m done with Keiser. It’s hard to plan ahead. I’ll be looking for internships or paying jobs relating to my field. I’m still figuring myself out. But at least I have some ideas in mind.