A Year of Self-improvement
Claudia Ostafijczuk Wydrzynska
Graphic and Media Design
When I was around nine years old, I held a Playstation 2 pad in my hands for the first time and that’s when I found the love of my life - video games. My biggest dream is to find a job in the gaming industry - esports, game studios or something like that. Right now I don't feel that my designs have the correct aesthetic - the gaming industry has a certain style.
Because of this fact, I plan on taking up a couple of self-initiated projects which will involve experimenting with designs and short animations made in this certain style. - this will bring me closer to catching my dream. I am also interested in character design which is why I would love to learn the basics of Cinema 4D and/or ZBrush - who knows maybe this will be something I will enjoy. If you never try you'll never know.
“Undead Nightingale” by Zbrush user herocus
Because LCC has so many wonderful facilities, I will use them to learn more about print using traditional methods such as screenprint, letterpress, monoprint and would like to explore different textures, that I can make using different methods and materials. 3D print is something that I always wanted to try but somehow never actually went to any workshop to find out more about it. I have always enjoyed making things with my hands. I feel that this year will let me try new things and learn more about my strengths and weaknesses.
Right now my biggest weaknesses are logo designs and animation. I feel quite insecure about this and hope, that after this year of self-improvement, I will conquer them and be more confident in my profession. To become more skillful in animation, I plan to take up an After Effects course. As for the other weakness - I have found three freelance graphic design jobs which involve branding and hopefully, this will help me defeat my fear of the world of branding. I am also planning to take part in the Daily Icon Challenge. I will push myself as hard as I can to improve.
I have decided to stay in London, as I live with my partner and call our small studio flat in Zone 3 my home - also, only one of us remembers to water the numerous house plants we own (me).
I am currently working five freelance jobs, with people from different backgrounds and industries (BBE - events, JumbleArt - handmade art, Strictly United - music, Lanark United - football and JoNatural - kinesiology therapy). This also allows me to work part-time (London rent sucks) and build on my time management. I have already noticed that I need to go into every project with a totally new mindset and that researching the profession of my clients is very important, as it creates more complex ideas in my head.
My plan for now, is to continue working freelance until the end of December, whilst constantly updating my portfolio with new work. I will plan out and start my self-initiated project next month and hopefully start an internship at an agency in January. Later on who knows, but whatever happens, these experiences will teach me a bit more about life and make it a bit less scary.
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