I was in a Wacom interview with Rod Maxwell and Rayce Bird earlier this week. When a question came in from Vince Collier that kind of hit home with me because, I’ve been there myself … In fact, I’ll bet every designer has.
I’m currently stuck in Graphic Design Hell and I’m trying to get back to my first love of illustration and character design. I already LIVE in Photoshop and Illustrator. Two questions, 1. What OTHER Software do you recommend learning? 2. Where do you recommend frequenting to try and break in to the Character Design world? – Vince Collier
Rayce answers the question extremely well … It’s not about the apps that you use, it’s all about the art/design that you’re aiming to create. At the end of the day Photoshop isn’t art, Illustrator isn’t art, a tool is just a tool but, what you’ve made is art.
For uh, digital illustration? I do like sketchbook pro, I think that it’s a good app I think it’s kind of a simple layout”
“It’s important to not get caught in the tool, if photoshop or illustrator define what you can do as an artist then, that’s gonna hurt ya . You have to know what you want to do as an artist, and use the tool -Rayce Bird
Now, I might not be a creature developer, or even want to be but, it seems like Vince would like to be. I love layouts, mostly for print advertisements, big layouts, small layouts and nearly everything in between. I get stuck in graphic design hell quite often … loading up InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator to create yet another effective, yet monotonous advertisement.
I find myself loving pencil and paper and jumping back and forth in my art, taking photos of scribbles and then trying to vectorize them for my silly illustrations at 1dollarimages but currently, I’m having a rekindling of interest in web design. Brushing off the css rust and dusting off some books so that I can get the look and feel that I’m after for my latest hairballed idea has brought some passion back into my day, or maybe given me a new sense of purpose.
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