Over the past 6 weeks I’ve been working on some video work for an upcoming retreat at my church and been absolutely loving it! It’s challenging me as a designer, and individually, teaching me to be patient.
Often times I’m given a simple image or idea, and told to make something out of it. Generally I can deliver quite quickly but this go around it was by far the most challenging one for me. Its in a vector art style (completely opposite of my design style) and I had never really had a great amount of experience with it.
Its been neat to see how this project has been teaching me new techniques and how to better use my programs and resources, but it has also been teaching me the great life lesson of patience. Since the start of the project I was done with it. I was hitting creative blocks daily and struggling to come up with an idea and a concept that made me happy. I would trash everything I worked on the day before because In the morning it didn’t look how I wanted it to. This lead me to contacting a few of my friends and having them help me find an idea that I liked. This lead me to another 2 weeks of nothingness. Haha! Everyday was something new, changing colors, design, fonts, movement, etc. I was feed up with it. I took a 3 day break and came back to it. Re-energized.
This break really helped me clear out my head and when I returned to my workstation I quickly was working on all these different ideas! It was awesome to see something actually come together! 6 weeks ago I had a blank screen and now I have 5 full videos. Only need 1… but I like options!
Today I went back in and polished some of my sloppy work and really proud and happy of what I’ve accomplished! I know its no where close to were I’d like to be but, that just shows room for improvement and that I dont know it all.
This test on my patience has been a tough one. Daily wanting to give up and not being motivated because of how long its taking. I knew that it had to be done and I would be able to do it, but I was getting feed up with myself because I was unable to produce in the time that I want. I’m constantly trying to raise the bar for myself and this time I had to learn that sometimes that bar needs to be lowered before it can be raised.
This project has by far been the funniest one that I’ve done. Seeing the end result I’m happy with what I’ve done and it taught me a lot about different techniques and design styles! Looking to broaden my horizon and hopefully become a more well-rounded designer.