Yo! Happy news, your boy Salty graduated from his Concept Design 14 months course in the college he was studying!
Mental stress is down from hugely stressed out to peacefulness of the mind and I'm glad I pulled through, did my best at every given task and pitched in a good final project. Just as planned!
School's not over, I think education is for life and not something you just get a degree in and proceed to work. Even though I finished this small journey, I'm going to proceed and learn and study and get better at what I do regardless of my level of understanding at any point, plus acquire new skills.
I feel like I learned a ton but also that those 14 months were super short and just skimmed the surface! What a strange feeling, I thought I'd know more but I guess I just have more questions at this point.
The most valuable thing I got from this course except learning approaches to real design is to break down an idea and to form it visually. Ain't that a pretty conclusion? However, it's one that is still a mystery to me, since it's not a formula but rather a very general description of the process of really great designs and each design is unique so it's never formula. Goddammit! It would have been easier if it was a formula, but the results would have been sub par.
Toiling over designs and paining over them and being passionate about them, this might result in something great. Iterating designs helps a lot too. That's what I did for my final project. Instead of creating images out of thumbnails, it was research, fail, research, fail, design, fail, do it over again, don't wanna, I'm tired, leave me a lone, do it, okay, I'm doing it, I did it, it's not good enough, generic, do it again blah blah until resignation and handing in a final project with 90% of the work for it that nobody actually sees. So yeah, even now I'm not satisfied 100% with my final project but I know it helped me grow immensely.
Yeah, this is behind me. What do I want to do next? I thought of getting some acting classes to understand characters better and perhaps communicate better as well, apparently I'm not very coherent when I speak to an audience, I get nervous and speak a bit too quickly and swallow parts of words. Not good, so I'll work on that. I'll also explore marketing, see how that can promote what I do and my projects (Wolfgang's Quest! Yay!).
Myself and some friends are going to sign up to conceptart.org's Level Up program and study art and design together. This is going to be great and it's the straightforward continuation of my education in design and art.
I have time to be active on deviant art which is super cool, I was waiting for this. Each time I checked dA in the past 3 months I felt guilty for not doing homework, goddamn guilt! Arghh! So yeah, more education, more activity, more of my own projects coming through, more quality (super hoping for this), and some instructional free videos with me speaking (to deliver help to people interested in art and practice speaking to an invisible audience). This is all for now, more updates on various things soon! Cheers and thanks as always for the support
Sir Towel the Salty (Vlad D.)