Becoming a Graphic Designer and Calligrapher can be a hard journey to go on. I go over a few things that I have learned and have helped me.
After 50 years I feel I am reaching my peak and I am trying to find ways to make my products better. That response is so inspiring.
I love you and thank you for the support. Feel free to send this to someone who you want to remind that you love them.
Learning how to write calligraphy and apply flourishes was one of the hardest things to master. I will say I am still mastering it. Because flourishes are decorative elements to jazz up a piece. By Jazz up I making the piece look luxurious and elegant.
The way that I really improved my flourishing was by studying other work I came across. The act of studying and seeing what others have done helps a lot. Because learning from others you begin to develop a better eye for what works and what does not.
The video above goes into how I went about learning how to flourish and what I have done to improve and continuously improve.
Here’s how I go about working on a Calligraphy/Brush lettering piece.
Nickelodeon was a part of my childhood and I always get a bit excited whenever I see a clip from a show I used to watch as a child. Because it brings back the memories of me wanting to be on the show and etc.
I go over how I go about creating different styles using brush pens.
Taking Actions on our ideas at first is a very scary thing to do. Because we can either be scared of the success that will come from achieving our goals. As well as not knowing how to deal with the success that comes from the hard work we have put in. You may think what are you talking about being afraid of success and what comes from it.
I am only speaking from what I used to deal with mentally awhile ago. So I’d say if you know deep down in your heart that you want to be successful prepare yourself for it. There are going to be a lot of things that can seem to come all at once. Which will lead you to be overwhelmed.
I am very thankful for my parents and family for raising me the way that they did. Even though at times I was a very rebellious type and wanted to do the things I wanted. But you know they never ever forced me to not think big. Nor did they ever tell me to not go after what it is that I wanted.
So this leads me to the mindset that many graphic designers/creative individuals fall into, which is creating just to create. As well as not sharing my work with everyone. There are certain projects that seriously should not be shared. As well as not feeling accomplished enough to put out products for people to have and enjoy.
When I started selling products on my Etsy shop and seeing them in the wild I was even more fulfilled. Because instead of them sitting in my bedroom office collecting dust they are being enjoyed. Learning to think bigger has been fun.
As well seeing the value in my work, whether it be graphic design, Calligraphy and Products I create. But I do not want you to think I was not afraid to start selling my own products. The main thing I had to do was make a decision. Making the decision of I am not going to create products just for me.
Then having the mentality that I am going to make sure that I will create items that I would hang up in my home and use. This mentality is what helps me continuously create work that I am proud of.
If you are just starting out creating products and being a designer be honest with yourself. First by knowing whether you work is something you are proud of. Also whether it is something that you would like to have your name attached to. The reason I mention that is because you want to have the types of clients/Customers who appreciate the quality of work that you do.
Think of the possibilities that your work can turn into.
Recently I did a podcast interview with Big Guy Small Talk the opportunity was definitely a fun one. We talk about my failures and many other things. I’d really appreciate it if you took the time to give it a listen and let us know what you think.
This is absolutely amazing with how nature itself works out. Also I love seeing the documentation of everything here in this video.