I have been a little quiet on the blog front lately, the reason isn't that I haven't found any inspiration or motivation. In fact it is that I have.
Which much delight, I have fallen in love with drawing and creating art again. I have spent every spare moment recently, doodling, painting, sketching, and making. It has made me realise what I have been missing the past 5 years since I completed my degree. I don't really think I have drawn with intent since.
The reality of a career in design, is that it's fast paced. You don't really get the downtime to sketch out all your ideas in a development pack or a sketchbook like you would at university. This has always been the part of process I feel closest too.
I have been setting myself little projects. One per sketchbook. I recently finished a 30 day sketch challenge, to help me explore my style, preferred mediums, experiment with new techniques and materials. Currently, I am working on a 100 heads challenge, helping me to loosen up when drawing people.
My next project will be on Japan. I have always found the culture fascinating, but I also admire their beliefs and design principles. In my research, leading up to the project, I learnt more about the term GEIDO.
"The way you do something is just as important as the result you achieve."
This is the key to understanding how Japanese people think. I always say if you're going to do something, do it right, first time. So this discipline resonates with me deeply.
There is a lot of history behind this discipline and it is proven in its success, in the work ethic of Japanese natives today. I remember growing up with my best friend in secondary school, she was a International Student from Japan and we became very close, very quick. We both loved design and art, she was always dedicated to her work and took pride in the whole process.
It is clear to me now that this is what I have been missing in my career so far. It was always a bug bear to me in a previous role, that there was a structured design process to follow but until I worked on an external project, two and a half years into my role, I hadn't experienced it. Obviously, on my return, it became more of annoyance, once I saw what could be achieved by using the structure.
I now know that 95% of the project is the process. Whether that means filling one or twenty sketchbooks, with ideas until you get to that final piece. I always found it frustrating when it came drawing, that I couldn't instantly think of what to draw or how something should look without looking at a photo. The honest answer is that my brain hadn't been taught. I can draw faces pretty well, but I spent majority of A level studies in Fine Art, drawing people. I had taught my brain composition, proportions, studying a variety of faces. I can draw furniture and interiors, geometric shapes, but again I spent three years studying them at University. I can't draw a Japanese temple without first putting in the research, developing my understanding of the architecture and practicing my technique.
I'm excited to learn more about Japanese principles and beliefs through this project. I know already that they will influence me as a designer, artist and maker. If you would like to follow the journey, follow me @_createhive on Instagram for sneak peeks of sketchbook, research and inspiration.