I have recently re-discovered sketching.
My iPad and Paper by 53, have re-enabled my love of sketching on the go and they are revolutionising my life. Well, just a little bit.
I have always loved to draw, and before I settled on a career in graphic design (which has now turned into a portfolio career with writing and blogging included), I always wanted to be an illustrator. Nothing actually beats making marks on paper or getting down and dirty with some paint, but there is something so easy and simple about taking out my iPad and my Bamboo Wacom stylus and doing some sketching. I have set myself a task to make sure that I get out and about as often as I can, and just to sit even if they just half an hour, and do some mark making; I always really fill in my zone when I am drawing, or getting on with some crafting. It’s also so much easier to sketch out ideas and thoughts sometimes before going all linear, and having it to hand is so nice.
Getting into a zone is one of the things where we know we are happiest; if you’re in your staying you are in a flow you’re being creative, and you are at one with yourself. Yet, strangely, being it is the kind of thing that we actively stop ourselves from doing with daily life. We can get so busy with everything else that needs to be done that taking that time out to be is really hard to do.
So, if I make an effort this week to sketch with my iPad, and find some time to be in my zone, could you set yourself a challenge to do the same? What floats your boat? It will be the different for everyone, be it cycling, running, painting – even washing-up! Whatever it is, just try to take some time every day, or even one hour a week to find that creative drive and spend some time with your thoughts without all the noise of social media, work and daily tasks in the way.
Now I must go, I have some sketching to do!
The above work of art was by Mia, who loves sketching too – apparently this is me. I look good!
I am always fascinated to read and learn about people’s careers.
I, by trade, am a graphic designer, although I now term myself a portfolio career person. I am a designer, writer, blogger and, on occasion, lecturer. I trained as a designer and the front end of my career was as a designer but I have never been happy staying put in that box. I evolved from designer to dual roles as Senior Designer/Business Development Manager and began to reach out tentatively to include writing PR pieces for the agency I worked for under that role as my MA in Design Management renewed my passion for getting words down.
I reached a crunch point in my career when I had a turning point just before I hit 30. I had a nervous breakdown, something I talk openly about here on the blog as it served as a pivotal moment in my life in so many ways. Whilst I had the great job, the great flat, the boyfriend and the money in London, I had begun dreaming of a way to work on my own, to be my own boss and I didn’t know how to make that leap. Well, sometimes the universe does it for you. When you are left with nothing after leaving said job, boyfriend, flat, and life in London, you can pretty much do anything you wish.
I don’t for one moment assume that anyone’s career should take as drastic a turn as mine, it just so happened to be that way. I will do other posts on how I developed other aspects of my career, but I am often asked how the heck a graphic designer starts getting writing commissions. Well, it went like this. Read More >