Here I am, beginning this new series with this one and big question--- Where to start/ How to start designing?
Now, before we get into all the details, I would first request you to ask yourself (loud and clear) --- Am I ready to start a new thing in my life? - Am I ready to change my profession completely? - Is this change just a hobby or a full time job? - Am I ready to devote my 24/7 thinking and practicing drawing and designing without feeling bored? - Will I be okay if someone gives me my first assignment (client brief)?
If most of the answers are in 'okay, yes!' / 'of course yes!', then you are ready...
You would have noticed that one of my questions was- 'Is this change just a hobby or a full time job?' This is because I started this blog just to share my love for sewing and drawing. That's all. I never thought of this as a job until I got my first client email asking for creating a scarf design... And the rest is history.
How and where to start---
1) Drawing- Whether it is traditional, with pencil on a paper or digital, on your computer or iPad, you should have a love for drawing.
At this point I would not suggest you to invest in any kind of fancy drawing tools or software or online/offline courses. I would rather request you to let yourself give some time to explore with your drawing skills and techniques. And to notice how much you are enjoying doing this.
Start with some simple dots and then try filling the entire page (or a small area) with small circles, ovals, dashes, stars, any shape. Doodle. Play with all types of mark makings. Use different pens, pencils, markers, felt tip pens/sketch pens, water colour, crayons--- anything that you have.
Enjoy the process of making something that you had not done in years... It is truly therapeutic and meditational.