Design a Day (13)
Another day, another new design. Day 13 of Design a Day continues.
For those who are just joining us for the first time, let me give a quick rundown of what Design a Day is. And, for those of you who've been here before, enjoy the pretty looking pictures of a cool design on what I like to call it Pop Color Wear. But to explain, Design a Day is about me growing as a creative, challenging myself to continually be producing, and making some cool art. I figured the best way to do that is to release one new graphic design almost every day to my store. Six days a week, something new. It's gonna be rough, but, it's gonna be fun. Hope you all enjoy the ride and find something you like along the way.
Yup, it's been a couple days since I last posted a design and they've been a busy couple of days.
I was approached a couple of weeks ago by a friend here in Los Angeles with a script for a short. If you're not hip with movie lingo, a short is basically a short film, maybe 10-15 minutes max, that tells a story, like any movie. They're usually artsy, strange, and done by people looking to say something that normally wouldn't hit the big screens.
Now, I've kinda turned away from my photography/videography stuff with this new Doodles by Wessel direction, but, I'm not one to pass up an interesting project, and money, hehe. That, and I'm kinda getting a taste for directing. There's something about pushing people to the next level to get what you need from them to make a scene good. It's intense, difficult, and takes a long time how to figure out how to do well.
I mean, 4 locations, 6 actors, 6 scenes, and countless camera angles and I can't even count all the other moving parts, it's like a 3 ring circus.
In the past that would have seemed overwhelming to me, but now it's just another day. Sure, it was my first film short, but it definitely wasn't my first rodeo, and it took a long time to get to this point, years, in fact. That and hundreds of other productions.
There's no quick way to gain the experience, skills, and wisdom necessary for a lot of this stuff. Some people are blessed with a natural understanding, but, most of us are not. We have to muddle through until we get it...and even in getting it, we realize that there's so much more to get. How to deal with production, people, scripts, talent, all the problems that come up as your shooting...it's an evolutionary process.
One of the biggest hurdles I had to jump through was expectations.
Not my clients, but my own. I may have done hundreds of productions in the past, but this was my first movie-like production. Sure, a lot of the pieces are the same, but the finished product...completely different. I have high standards for myself, unrealistic to many, but they're there. The hardest thing was to say to myself, it's not going to be as good as I want it to be, because I'm just not there yet. But. But. It's my first step in that direction, and I have to treat it like that.
So, that's where I've been for the last couple of days, working on that. So, what does this have to do with my graphic designs and this blog? How is all of this writing going to help my SEO and get people to buy my t-shirts and stuff? It probably won't, but that's not the purpose of what I'm doing here. It's all about challenging myself. Learning what I can do. And the fun of the journey to get to wherever I'm supposed to be.
I hope you all have a great day and enjoy these designs!