Learning new things

Hi, it’s Liz! I hope you’re having a good week! It started to get warm just in time for the first day of spring, but it’s gotten chilly again since then! 🙁

When I first started at wamhouse just about a year ago, I spent some time experimenting with the design program, Illustrator. I haven’t had much reason to use it in the past year, but lately I’ve picked it back up for use in my current project.

The version of Illustrator I’m using now is different than the one I was using when I first started, so I basically had to re-learn everything I’d learned before. It’s almost overwhelming, because I know the program has so many capabilities and I feel like I’m barely scratching the surface with my limited abilities! It can be really frustrating to know there must be an easier way to do something that you want to do, but not knowing how. On the other hand, it’s so satisfying when you figure out how to do what you want!

I’m really thankful for YouTube, because pretty much any question I have about how to use Illustrator is answered by a video that someone has uploaded! It’s much easier to see how someone solves a problem visually than by just reading instructions.

It’s definitely a challenge to use, but I’m really enjoying it so far and I hope that with practice, I can get really skilled with it! I used to love to draw and make art when I was a kid but I mostly stopped after high school, so it feels really nice to be creating things again, even if it’s for work!

I’m hoping that this creative energy will flow into my life outside of work and I can use these new skills for some personal projects in the future, too. A lot of my friends are artists, and though I don’t have the practice and skill that some of them have, it’s a bit of a dream of mine to create art that people would want to own someday. I’d really like to try designing t-shirts or other apparel, and maybe enamel pins, which are really popular as an accessory in America now. I’ll try my best!

There are a lot of other programs I want to teach myself how to use so I can make cool things at and outside of work, so I’ll write about them here! Stay tuned!