For me it was this kind of magic, that people had, to create this beautiful visually stimulating art and design. It enabled me to dream for hours on end about ideas and about fantasy worlds that didn't actually really exist apart from what was on paper. I have always felt that feeling of being truly excited when I saw an art work or design piece that just hit all the right buttons for me.
I didn't think I would be able to ever be as good as the comic book artists or concept drawing designers but I continued to find more material to view and to learn about. I never thought I would end up realizing that seed that had been placed inside me as a young boy.
I thought that Photoshop was some kind of magic tool and Illustrator a kind of magic device that I wouldn't be able to master. That was when I decided I wanted to learn about Graphic Design and take the step from dreaming to actually partaking of that world so I enrolled in a Introductory Certificate in Visual Arts
Boy was that a shock to my system. I had to unlearn what I thought Visual Art actually was and then learn about what it actually wasn't. I must say I didn't really find the Certificate that fun but it did really open my eyes to what was a real possibility for my future. I aced the Certificate with Straight A's. So my next natural decision was to enroll into the Bachelor of Visual Arts. This was also another shock and it was now getting real. I had to try and learn multiple computer programs all at once while trying to do assignments and projects, not just on time, but do them well.
I didn't give up but I did get work in industries that had nothing to do with what I had studied for. Manual labour jobs,
hard outside work in all kinds of weather, on land and on sea. I worked as a process engineer making fencing systems for farms, a work hand on a oyster farm, a meat packer in a butchery, a supermarket shelf stacker among other things. All throughout that time though I never let my dream die. I thought about it, I dreamed about it, I continued to dwell on it. I would get that job as a Graphic Designer or die trying.
When I was working in those various jobs I still played around with design on the computer, surfed the net finding inspiration, tutorials, visual stimuli to keep my dream moving forward for when I did get the opportunity to finally get accepted into a design job. I did some freelance work here and there, did short stints of design work, but never a steady full time gig. Yes I got down and yes I was disappointed but I never gave up or let that flame die inside me.
I will now leave you with a final question.
So, you want to be a ..................?