Lately, I have been getting more in touch with the creative side of me. Not that I am an artsy person, I can’t draw or paint for nuts. But I do love learning new skills (with the computer) and for a period a long long time ago (2005 to be exact), I was very interested in Photoshop and would spend a long time on it everyday. It was the era of the personal diary blog boom and blog skins were in huge demand. Deviantart was popular then too and everyone was trying their hand out at creating website designs, simple blogskins. And I got into it too. That was the time that I started to learn about html code, teaching myself the basics to code, tweak and customize blogskins.
I loved staring at the html code, trying to figure out what each line meant and how I could adjust it to fit my layouts. And of course, I got into blogskin designs too. I was never THAT good at it, but I had a few that I was pretty happy with. I taught myself photoshop (the basics) and had loads of fun playing with brushes, effects etc. And I think that was the period where there was quite a lot of creativity going on online.
I can’t remember when exactly I stopped doing that, but it has been years since I opened photoshop. Doesn’t help that I don’t have the software in my current computer.
In fact, I have forgotten on how much I love to dabble with the program. Until recently that I got very curious and fascinated with web graphics design. I was curious how web graphics are created. Drawing by hand? Drawing using shapes? So I googled it and this brought me to Illustrator. Pretty amazing and I have downloaded a free alternative Inkscape and I can’t wait to get started on the basics! ^^
Just a few years back I wouldn’t have envision myself going more and more into the humanities and arts side. I would probably scoff if you told me at that time that I will be dabbling in Illustrator, learning Korean, writing a blog, doing translation and writing an e-book. I probably envisioned myself in business attire, dealing with numbers and all the finance terms.
I am so curious how I will be like a few years later. But right now, it’s nice to revive some forgotten interests.