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Forgotten Interests

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.

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    15 June, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Would you be interested to learn baduk one day? 🙂

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      15 June, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      hahahaha!! I won’t say that I have loads of interest in it right now, but I would love to learn! And who knows, maybe in the future I would find the opportunity or the motivation to pick it up 😀

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    Chobo (@lechobo)
    15 June, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Can’t wait to see what comes out of this mix of interestests 🙂

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    16 June, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    I love using a tablet haha

    If you ever decide you want to do anything web designing related, I’d be glad to help with anything CSS related haha! I designed my own blog skin for my Korean blog, but it took ages to get it how I wanted haha

    Anyways, I’m glad you decided to revive your interests~ ^^

    I wonder where I’ll be in a few years… 😀

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    12 July, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    I went into college to learn design, as a whole, and came out about as knowledgeable as I was before. If I had spent that time practicing my skills in the program and reading books on design instead of being taught all over again how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter and InDesign, and Softimage, and mudbox/Zbrush…..sure, I know the programs like the back of my hand, but I didn’t get a lick of design knowledge. All I’ve gotten is a sincere hatred for tutorials. XD Just practice. Look up something online and try to imitate it the best you can. Find out what does what, yourself. The few years in College taught me that when people(on average, it seems) go through tutorials, they tend to only learn the exact method within it, and fail to understand the reasoning and parallel methods to create similar designs, and they fail to soak in the skills taught. When I sat myself down in Photoshop as a teen, and imitated as best I could the weekly sig/banner winning designs on a board I used to visit, I learned at an exponential rate. It was more frustrating, because there weren’t any steps for me to follow, but it was well worth it.

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