Well it has been quite a long time since I have been able to work on my photography and graphic design skills, post on my blog, and the list goes on. In an effort to at least remedy two of those things, I am getting back to my self study and practice of photography and graphic design. I was actually reading an article a couple months ago that talked about how athletes spend far more time practicing than performing their sport in competition. It was comparing that to the workforce in that we spend a lot of time performing and very little if any practicing. From personal experience growing up playing golf, I spent far more time practicing then performing in competition. Somewhere along the way though, we forgot about that when it applies to our jobs. Sure we learn new things here and there, and there are certainly professions that require continuing education. But what about carving out time to specifically practice, play, learn. I know I haven’t been doing much of that lately. Now I know realistically I can’t spend the same amount of time as I did practicing golf on practicing for work, otherwise, I would never get anything done. But how about an hour a week learning new things.
Currently I am trying to work on expanding my graphic design skills, so I went to the internet for tutorials to further my knowledge both in graphic design theory and software practice. I just completed this tutorial for a nautical logo. Yes I know it looks simple, but there were some shortcuts that I had to use for this project that I had never memorized before. And there were a couple techniques for clipping paths and how you can create complex shapes out of circles and squares that I hadn’t fully grasped yet. And I thought I would add a little personal touch having spent much of my life in Carlsbad, CA.
I am sharing this with you all in hopes that I am held accountable to you. My goal is to do one tutorial a week and then share it with all of you. And who knows, maybe you are looking for some tutorials as well and will be inspired to work on your skills. What ever it is you do, give a little time to practice for we are never too old to learn something new.