I finished up my last class yesterday and the next one starts next Monday. The break will be nice but, I am sure by the end of the week I’ll be anxious to start the next class. My next class, Overview of the Media Design and Technology Industries, sound like it will be more relative to my major then the last two classes.
I spent most of this weekend binge watching Desperate Housewives on Netflix. During the summer I pretty much become a vampire. If it is extremely hot and humid I’ll spend the day inside in the air conditioning and go out at night. I hate summer because I hate being hot. The good thing about that is I have more time to work on drawing. This weekend I finished one project and got pretty far on another.
Someone I follow in Instagram posted this picture of Christina Applegate:
I grew up watching Married With Children so, I thought it would be fun to do a drawing of her as Kelly Bundy.
This is my version:
I sketch out the basic shapes, took a photo, emailed it to myself, drew the details and colored it using ArtStudio on my Ipad. Consider the fact that I hate drawing hands, I’m happy with the way they turned out.
I started online classes last month at Full Sail University. The plan is by November 2016 I will have my Bachelor’s Degree majoring in graphic design. So why graphic design? I don’t really have a deep seeded reasoning behind my major choice. I’m artistic and art is fun. Isn’t that good enough? I started messing around with design when LiveJournal and MySpace got popular. I found layout designs I liked, copied the HTML, changed the colors and graphics, and started creating layouts. Eventually I began to alter graphics and create my own. I learned Photoshop myself by trial and error.
Photoshop is such an intricate software program and I know that there is so much more to learn and simpler ways of doing the things I use it for. I am really looking forward to learning about the software as well as Illustrator and InDesign.
At Full Sail each class is only 4 weeks long which goes by super fast but requires at least 25 devoted hours each week to completing the assignments. Even with working full time I haven’t had difficulty keeping up because I work on the assignments everyday.
The first class, Digital Literacy, was a bit boring. A lot of the information was a recap of things I already know. I think it was designed for people who aren’t familiar with navigating around the internet. I learned about diigo, a great website to use as an alternative to your browser’s bookmark capability. Diigo allows you to access your bookmarks from anywhere in addition to being able to highlight any of the text within your bookmark for an easy reference.
Psychology of Play is the class I am currently taking. As we approach the end of week 3 I have to admit that I am somewhat disappointed in this class. I absolutely love reading and learning about psychology; so when I saw this class description on the curriculum, I was really looking forward to it. Again, I did learn useful information and I understand why it is relative to the curriculum.
So far I am enjoying the experience. Before I started classes I felt bored and stagnant and now I am so busy that I don’t have time to be bored. I have already posted a few of the creative assignments we have had in class. While I like being able to draw whatever I choose, I believe having requirements to follow when you create something is very beneficial. It has encouraged me to think beyond the realm of my typical mindset.
Lastly, I need to mention, THE WRITING! Generally, I really enjoy writing but, there comes a point where I am just sick of it and hit a wall. I have to put in so much fluff so it doesn’t sound repetitive. That takes a lot of work and a thesaurus! But, I get it. The more the concepts are ingrained into your mind, the more information you retain.