This is a small sketch I did recently on my Ipod using a program called Brushes and my new Bamboo stylus from Wacom
Took me about 20mins to get it done. I used a reference shot of the 1909 Blitzen Benz (very cool race car)
I ask myself this question all the time. How do I stay ahead of the game in the design world. There are so many ways to approach this question. I know that as an artist and designer I never feel that I can say that “I am ahead of the game”. I feel I always will need to improve my work. Through the years it seems the more you learn the more you realize you don’t know. Now another approach might be to look at your “momentum”. As you go through life as a designer or artist your projects will tend to get better and better as you improve. Your responsibility will become greater.You have to work hard and take the hard task head on. Even if it means you might fail. You will learn. Believe me I have failed so many times when it comes to clients and jobs but I have to press forward and learn from that experience and not give up. After doing that several times I start to learn what not to do and what to do. You start to build what I would consider momentum. I have been a professional designer for the past 13yrs and I am feeling like I have momentum only in the last few years. I receive jobs from big corporations and they are usually pretty darn cool. It has taken me several years of hard work and failing. I have always viewed myself as one of those artist that has had to work really hard to become talanted. Most of my classmates at Art Center were so much more talented than me but I was like a pit bull when it came to my skills. I pushed myself hard to produce good work. I would do that and my stuff still would not hold up to their work. But I have been relentless on improving myself and by doing that I have been able to build momentum through the years. So to say the least I never take it lightly when somebody tells me they enjoy my work because I realize it has taken me years to get to that point and I never gave up along the way. I heard this quote recently from the Dave Ramsey podcast “Momentum is not an accident it is created”
So please share how you have built momentum for yourself by leaving a comment below. Remember I will send out some original artwork to people that participate. But I will never know your name if you don’t leave feedback.