This Shit is HARD

So, last week was the first of Mock School! It went… well, it sputtered really. I sat down at the PC on Tuesday last week, made it through the first half of a three hour tutorial on Adobe Illustrator provided by the company I worked for. Now, I appreciate access to tutorials but the audio quality and pacing were really poor. I don’t need to spend 15 minutes going through how to save a file… sheesh. I then turned to actually using Illustrator and did a few doodles. I puttered out before the 3 hour mark and didn’t return to stuff at all last week.

Nope, not a great start.

So tonight, after struggling to wake up from a nap, I sat down with both Illustrator and Photoshop. I decided to forgo the tutorials for now since they seem to be a complete mental drain for me. I learned more tonight from trying out different things and reading a bit this afternoon on how to setup pressure sensitivity in the programs to take advantage of the Wacom’s abilities.  I completed one project, which resulted in a shitty segmented illustration of a flower. In each box I used a different brush type. It’s a technique I remembered using in a high school art class… It’s the process that’s important, not the final result… Well, that’s what I’m telling myself anyhow.

Regardless, the number one thing I learned is that creating something in Photoshop is going to be very different Illustrator. Obvious? Probably, but a good lessen to learn at the start… I’ve never actually had access to illustrator before this month 🙂

I’m also learning quite a bit about my own style of learning. Basically, I need something to work on, a problem that needs to be solved. Simply repeating steps in a process to do something, while useful to some, doesn’t seem to hold my attention much…

Aside from that I also find that I might need to get a bit more sleep…


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