I’ve been working on a number of different creative things in the past few days –
turning my novels over in my mind
starting a short story
how to depict myself in a comic strip.
It struck me this morning that these are not all separate projects at all: these are all part of a larger work, and feed into each other. A larger, modular work. I’m creating the Ikea of creativity…or stories or something. If that makes sense.
I have no idea why it took me so long to realise this.
I have no idea how I didn’t realise before that I think in collage.
I’m always finding or making connections between disparate materials or scraps of information.
An ad on TV, a panel from a graphic novel, a topic to write for a client’s blog posts, a scene from my novel…the shape of the trees outside my window, someone’s photographs on tumblr, a piece of quantum mechanic theory, the shape of computer code with the visuals all stripped away. My mind moves at a billion miles a minute but that’s how it is and I’ve just realised that I should embrace this fact.
These constant connections and ways of making and of being make me and my work who I am and what it is.
And so, with some time on my hands due to my very recent move to Belgium, I’ve been sitting down and watching tutorials on Adobe Illustrator. It’s amazing! This software can do so much stuff, such as make digital illustrations, create or modify fonts and whole typeface families, create logos, and much more. Check out this blog for an inspiration gallery that will give you a taste of the fantastic stuff that Illustrator can do.
Some observations on Adobe Illustrator that I’ve made already are:
It’s way better if you use a digital drawing tablet such as the Wacom
It’s hard at first but you speed up once you get used to using it. There’s millions of shortcuts and cool tools to remember, and sometimes it’s hard to remember where exactly those tools are within the interface … so, like most things, practice makes perfect.
Now, I’ve had a little bit of grounding in Adobe Illustrator from Áine Belton and Eileen O’Neill, and they’ve been so patient and helpful that launching into learning such an initially-daunting piece of kit has been really quite pleasant.
With no further ado, here’s the first video that I’ve watched today.
How To Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do, by Terry White