I loved art and science equally as I was growing up. When it came time to choose a college major it was a tough decision. I picked earth science (physical geography). It was during my senior year that I realized the mistake that I had made. I wanted to be my own boss. I wanted to set my own hours, and choose my projects. That's when I went into stationery design, as I was finishing my science degree and working part-time in human resources.
Here I am now, seven years later. I am way behind those who took fine art and graphic design classes in college (or even high school). Up until a year ago I had zero experience in Photoshop, and I have no formal art training.
I am one of those people who believes, "there is no great loss without some small gain" (Laura Ingalls Wilder). Yes, I have a degree that I am not using; however, the work I put into that degree made me who I am today.
I find myself constantly inspired by nature, in a way that I never was before college. My Geography of Plants of North America course taught me the difference between pines, spruces, and firs; to recognize the different types of maples and oaks based on their leaf shape; seeds; bark; etc. All of that information is now showing up in my art work.
With books and e-courses, I've learned how to use watercolor (I was an acrylic girl before). A Skillshare class, Pattern Design: Creating Repeat Patterns From Your Illustrations and Paintings*, taught me what to do with those paintings to turn them into seamless, repeating patterns. Cutting up my paintings was very scary, but I also now have enough Photoshop experience to assemble the patterns and clean them up.
I now see so many new possibilities in the future of my work. I am thinking about my own wrapping paper, fabrics, printables, etc.
If there is something you want do, but have been avoiding it because you have no experience or you don't know how, just go for it! There is no harm in learning something new. If it doesn't work out, then it doesn't work out. Remember:
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
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