The way I learned how to use basic Photoshop tools was by using them poorly.
Alternate Title: Confessions of a Compulsive Doodler
Duration: About an hour over the course of two days??
THIS IS MY FACE (kinda) !!!!
Started: 3:00 p.m
Finished: 4:35 p.m
Because I haven’t drawn in so long, I knew that my fine motor skills would be a lot less than fine. To get back on track, this week I started attempting some old drawing exercises I learned in my high school art class days.
Started: 10:58 p.m.
Finished: 11:08 p.m.
I am unbelievably excited. More excited than anyone has ever been for really amateur graphic design work. Are you ready to be super underwhelmed? Because I am VERY overwhelmed and pleased with myself:
After sitting around and shirking my responsibilities for a bit, I thought I would make a little logo for myself. Just something super simple that will make my page more attractive when I’m posting about it? I don’t know. Work with me here.
The trick for this one was getting that nice blue-gray bit that corresponds to the banner on my page. When I was done pressing the option key and dragging the eye-dropper tool, I turned to my good pal, Google, who directed me over to this page which is SUPER HELPFUL (it will probably be my bible throughout this entire process).
But yes! Logo! I made that! First Photoshop-battle: success! While the amount of technical skill in this is minimal and the design isn’t anything that will knock anyone’s socks off, I DID THAT. I MADE THE THING. I just used my trackpad for this, no tablet yet…we’ll get there, I promise.
If anyone out there has any critiques or suggestions for me, I am all ears. Let me know. Please help me.
Because I am a twenty year old college student, I’m forced to ask myself a lot of questions. “Adult-Life” is right there, staring at me like the proverbial barrel of a gun, and apparently I have to make some decisions.
Here are some of the questions (and answers) I have to ask myself as I look over the precipice of young-adulthood:
- Q: What do I want to do with my life?
- A: I have no idea.
- Q: What do I like doing?
- A: I really like creating. I like making stories, I love drawing, I love making things that people can look at and say, “Huh! Neat!”
- Q: So am I an artist?
- A: Eh????
Although I’ve always considered myself an “artist,” I haven’t been actively drawing and creating pieces since high school (two years ago).
I am a traditional artist. My entire life I have only used colored pencils and paints and media that I can get my hands into. It’s my comfort zone. It’s my passion. When I think of what I want to do with my life, the idea of becoming an artist tends to fight its way through the other ideas of a more “stable” and satisfying career choices. Except I have a thousand and seven road blocks. I am not an art student. I have no real, sustained formal training. I haven’t been seriously drawing for two years. I don’t even know how I could go about becoming an “Artist.”
And then this Christmas happened.
This Christmas, I was gifted with this thing:
This Thing is a Wacom Intuos tablet, and it terrifies me. I have never really worked with digital media in any capacity. It is sleek and it is pretty and I don’t have any idea how to use it.
So I said to myself, “Self: this is your opportunity. This is how you can get back to that big dream of being an artist. This is the chance of a lifetime.”
And now here we are.
This semester, in an effort to get back in touch with my artistic roots and also learn how to use this expensive and beautiful thing, I will be chronicling my attempts to learn Photoshop and effectively become a Digital-Artist™.
Join me on this terrific and terrifying journey as I fumble with technology and create a visual diary of my transition from Traditional2Digital (get it? That’s the blog name.)
It’s gonna be a trip.