I remember the time when I first decided to pursue Graphic Design. It really wasn’t out of passion; I just wanted to get a certificate so that it would look “cool” on my résumé. I attended this 4 month course from The Institute of Animation and Design, and the teacher there really helped me realize my potential in this field. After those four months I still wasn’t “in love” with graphic designing; I thought of it as a chore.
What made me fall in love with it was this guy named Shahzaib Hussain; he’s this digital artist who makes these really cute cartoons about daily life/events, and he sometimes raises social awareness through his artwork. He’s not the only one. In Pakistan we have these AMAZING artists who are perfect at what they do. Some use art as a comic relief (Comics by Arslan), and some use it to just express themselves (No Life Doodler). These are just a few; there are THOUSANDS of people out there whose only passion in life is art. Digital art. Shahzaib’s work really effected me, because he’s this genuinely kind person IRL, and he doesn’t just kid around all the time, he also tackles issues in our society in a lighthearted but effective way. Same goes for Arslan Naseer of “Comics by Arslan”.
When I saw these people I wished that one day I can too make an attempt to raise my voice in such an powerful manner. Come on, let’s admit it; people think reading long articles is boring. If you want to send a message quickly and effectively, sometimes imagery plays a better role than words. At least in the society in which I live, they aren’t very much enthusiastic about bloggers. I know I’m no big time writer (FAR from it), but I myself have no viewers from my own country. 😀 But lemme tell you, they are deeply influenced by digital art.
By the time I had fallen in love with this field and wanted to do it seriously, I had forgotten all the basics. 😦 I couldn’t recall anything. So I started from scratch yet again, depending on online tutorials, books and my own efforts. I’m still a beginner, and I still have no idea how long this journey will be, but I’m going ahead one step at a time.
One day I said to my Mum and Dad, “I wanna go for digital art, but it’s impossible to practice it without a pen tablet. I suck at using the mouse for this.” And just two days later they bought me my first 😀 Yes, Alhamdulillah (thanks to Allah) I have AWESOME parents ❤
It’s a Genius MousePen i608. It’s no Wacom Bamboo or Intuos (they were a bit too expensive here) but the Genius MousePen is a great tablet for beginners. My Mom and Dad have promised me that once I practice well at this one, they’ll buy me a Wacom next year ^_^
This won’t sound like a big deal to most people, but getting this pen tablet is a HUMONGOUS deal for me.
An Important Note: I DO NOT want to pursue graphic design as a “JOB”. It’s something I want to do for myself. And for myself I mean I might do a little freelancing at home once I’m finished with the job I’ll get (in whichever field, God help me in that). I might start running my own page someday. When I’m married and settled, I want to have something to myself that is MINE, which I can do whenever I want, wherever I want, as I please. I want to enjoy myself doing it.
P.S. To make a first attempt at using the pen, I tried tracing this portrait and coloring it myself. I can’t share any original artwork right now (because I SUCK at drawing) but I’m working on it. Till then, I’m gonna get used to it through tracing and copying a lot of stuff by hand. For example:
Please my dear WP Family, wish me well :3