Monday, October 10, 2011

Learning design is like learning a new language!

I'm in the "wax on, wax off" phase of my training. Practicing basic tecniques over and over... gaining the muscle memory that goes along with learning a new skill... trying out the odd new vocabulary words unique to design/art.

Drawing class, especially, is a little disconcerting to me at the moment, largely because my brain knows more than my muscles do. I want to just be good at karate without "painting the fence", so to speak. (Pardon my Karate Kid reference. And no, not the Jaden Smith version).

I have hope that if I hang in there long enough, it will all become second nature. I felt the same way when I was first learning to drive a stick shift... I already knew how to drive, but suddenly there were all these extra peddles and levers to maneuver and my muscles didn't know what to make of it at first. It's just a matter of re-training your mind/body to process things in a new way.

In any case, my classes are going great. I especially love the computer classes. I've long wondered how to work Photoshop and Illustrator magic, and now... well... I may not know much more than how to make basic shapes yet... but I feel like I'm 1000% smarter in this area than I was two weeks ago!

I'm also starting to not feel quite so much like a first-year anymore anymore, which is nice. I know where my classrooms are, where to store my supplies, where to eat lunch, etc. I transferred to a different Drawing class this week, so I feel like a complete noob in there, but other than that, I'm settling in pretty well! Can you believe it's the third week of term already?

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