ADVICE / 9
as designers, we have tons of options. pens, pencils, sharpies, hands, computers…
i love just plain old pen and paper. i’m a big fan of hand drawn work because you can get the thicks and thins and pressure differences that you can’t get (or at least i can’t) on a computer. there is something about doodling on paper that i find relaxing and free. my job requires me to be on the computer most of the time so i leap at chances to get off of it and do something with my hands. i also try to draw everything as i imagine it so there is minimal photoshopping once i’ve scanned it in. sometimes i do a couple versions of what i’m trying to draw. the first one usually comes out wonky – the perspective is off or i gave the figure some extra fingers. when i’m done drawing that version i usually step back and laugh at it, they’re pretty funny looking (there was one that had me crying i was laughing so hard). after a couple more tries i’ve usually landed what i was trying to draw. this discipline of drawing everything first has taught me how to be a better illustrator. i find that i’m finishing drawings quicker and i can translate my thoughts to paper without so many versions.
when i was younger i was obsessed with mixed media. (like those journals from last week’s post!) i liked to feel like i was creating something with my hands. i really enjoyed the calligraphy course I took in college, and the drawing classes too. but once I started blogging a few years ago, I became most comfortable behind the computer. i use my wacom pen for pretty much everything. drawing on my photos, navigating my computer, designing for clients. (i recommend this one if you are just starting out – i have this one) it’s crazy how much better you can get at something with a little practice, but it’s also scary to watch your skills go away when you don’t practice! now i feel like a fish out of water when I try to draw on paper. i want to find a better balance, because I know both are very important…but for now my trusty wacom pen is just fine!
what is YOUR favorite medium to use when you are designing?
see you next week!
bri + katie