I’ll write more in depth about this exercise’s inception in future posts, but its purpose is threefold:
To catalog my development as I learn Illustrator and Photoshop beyond their most basic functions
To keep myself accountable to creativity outside client needs and demands
To manifest a larger career and personal objective (“live physically,” i.e. materialize ideas into things).
It’s an effort to migrate from talking about the things I’d like to do (i.e. abstract, immaterial, wishing aloud) to pursuing them and realizing them as concrete things to see, hear, or touch in the real world. Only obstacle is to jettison all regard for my ego’s insecurities about being seen as a hack).
On that note…
I’m a total hack.
FOR THE RECORD: I’m absolutely, even overtly, copying concepts and even some of his designs.
Because, in the spirit of Micromastery (rooted in Robert Twigger’s book), in order to learn basic design concepts (with the hope of mastering the fundamentals and being more original), I need to emulate something that inspires me. And the reason for this is simple: I’ll enjoy it more, and therefore able to endure the slog of learning a new set of skills (note: skills I’ll apply to my freelance job as a proofreader and editor).
My goal with this is not to simply replicate Daily Minimal designs ad infinitum. Rather, in copying, I’ll hit roadblocks that’ll push me further and ultimately, in a more authentic direction. But the process for now requires I bite the bullet and just disclaim that I’m going to appear a complete, douchey hack.
To the design-trained eye, I can’t imagine what you’ll see in what I post. I mean, I already see shit I know is bad; I just don’t know how to fix it yet. And this is why I’m excited.
I will learn.
I will get better.
I may not end up in some bourgie MoMA where people bid millions on my art as I shred it in front of them. But I will apply all my education and upbringing in the visual arts to the things I make.
That said, I doubt I’ll ever stray so far from the obsession with geometric designs that you couldn’t see my work and Daily Minimal and not immediately assume one copied the other. But I’m ok with that. I don’t mind my work being seen as an homage to something superior. I actually enjoy knowing that you know I’m not original (yet). Deflates the pressure to impress.
So until I shuck this dilettante husk, I hope you appreciate watching my skillset develop from blatant, crawling copycat to a bipedal reflection of giants greater than me.
WHAT I WANTED DO:
Create a simple, 2D solar system.
WHAT I LEARNED:
That I don’t know how to use any of the tools at my disposal in Illustrator. This is the design that sent me to Udemy and onto YouTube to learn how to work with paths, shapes, and objects. So damn simple, but beyond very basic applications, I’m a lost cause.
WHAT I DID:
If you could get into the file, you’d see how hackneyed all the shapes and layers are. But from a visual standpoint, one thing I’ll point out (and that I’ve since learned how to correct), is the orbital line.
I wanted it to turn black in front of the planet, but could not figure out how to darken only the points in front. Running out of time, I chocked this one up to ignorance.