Illustration and Visual Media
I enjoyed creating art because it is visually pleasing and that was all I ever wanted to take out from the experience. I have always thought of design as something purely aesthetic; While that is true, it also entails a more important role in our current society. Our world is growing and expanding ever so quickly and to catch up with this technologically driven world we have to at least have method to ease our way in; and that is where design comes in. Everything you see around you is a design, the way your house looks, the position those plants were planted in, even the very keyboard I am typing on is a design. The common thing between all these is that they have a purpose, but what is MY purpose?
I had none - to begin with. I took a good look at myself, what are my skills? I did realistic paintings a while back, enjoy creating work that is more abstract and obscure, especially the ones that made you think you know? I know I am great with colour because that is how I convey the idea of emotion through something that is often on a flat surface. While I love to play with perspectives on a canvas, I really enjoy crafting, making things with my hands because that is how I display my unique set of skills of being able to produce something with great detail. Ok, now what am I passionate about?
At first I answered, “Not much, really” but it didn’t feel right. Why was that? You know you’re always really excited when you see new champion splash art from that game League of Legends, and I know it makes you really excited to draw time and time again. Didn’t you say that you were going to work there one day? How about the environment? You are always finicky about recycling and you’re constantly trying to change your flatmate’s habits for more sustainable ones. Always going on about less waste and getting the most out of what you have. That’s not “not much, really”. But everyone else wants to do such big things with their skills, support acts of activism and changing the world for the better…
I keep having conversations of such with myself to figure out what I want to get out of this year and how I can “benefit the society”; but I have come to realise that this isn’t really what is important. Sure, your discipline is so crucial to the ever-changing world but why is it wrong to do it for yourself? There is nothing wrong with doing it simply because you like it and wanting to do what others can because you admire them. Keep looking at those champion splash artworks and keep motivating yourself. Keep practicing drawing no matter how ugly you think they are. Keep pushing and you will eventually get there. I have high hopes for myself this year. As long as I am working and constantly reflecting to get the most out of my actions, I will grow. No matter where I end up, drawing, painting, animating, doing volunteer work – whatever it is, be ambitious and work hard. It is pretty hard out there so jump at every opportunity you get.