So it’s done. I applied for a diploma in graphic design at a design college a few weeks ago and in two weeks will embark on something I’m excited, yet apprehensive about. And yet the creative journey has already begun. I had to submit some artwork for the application, and although perfection was not mandatory, I still gave it a good go. I surprised myself with how natural it felt, and when asking myself ‘why, oh why had I not been doing this all along?’
For the drawing part of the submission, I chose the photograph of my Chanel Chance perfume bottle (as seen in my previous article The Scent of Paris) as my subject. I really liked the texture of the bottle, as well as the character from the wear. My first attempt was in pencil as I’m more at home with the medium. But then I decided to move out of my comfort zone and did one in ink, then watercolour. I had much preferred drawing over painting in the past, as I felt I had more control. When I picked up the paintbrush, however, it felt like I had been doing it for years. The whole process woke up a part of me that had laid dormant for such a long time. I stayed up that night til the wee hours of 2AM finishing my work and feeling energised and inspired.
They aren’t exact replicas of the original photo, but then I don’t think I am that sort of artist (nor am I that skilled / practised!). It was a challenge, but one that I enjoyed. The angles and textures were difficult but I liked that each interpretation was different.
I am ecstatic to be starting my course, but I am even more excited about this new creative journey that I have commenced. I’m booking in to some watercolour and modern calligraphy classes over the next few months to sharpen my skills, invigorate myself some more and to get back to what I had left behind so long ago. I’m getting closer to what I’m supposed to be doing, I can feel it.