So…yeah…diving right in:
I’m starting the rebuild of my portfolio with a print CV and CV website. Even though I have a strong experiential background in graphic design. I thought I’d begin by refreshing my graphic design education. I’m starting with some explorations in image-making, which works perfectly because it’s similar to the way I like to start each of my projects. I like to take one idea, item, symbol and kind of brainstorm the possibilities.
However, there is one caveat; I don’t want to go out and purchase a bunch of materials that may be expensive and for which I may not use other than this project (mostly the money though at this time since I do love buying myself some new art supplies). Hence, I’m holding myself accountable to using only the things I have on hand, and really explore some of my digital options, which I have available, but for any number of reasons, I have not yet explored.
For my first image study, I’ve chosen the guitar. I’ve settled upon the guitar for a variety of reasons. First, there are lots of different kinds of guitars. It’s also not particularly visual complex. Nor is it overly simple. It’s easily recognizable, and there are many in this household. I also play guitar so it would be something that would fit with my musical brand identity, albeit maybe a tiny bit cliché.
My first aim is to make at least ten images. However, in my regular work, I usually aim for a maximum of 40 “sketches”. I don’t know where or why I picked up that particular number for my professional work, but it has served me well so far. Of course, I can always make more, but I don’t want to get lost in the process either. After all, this is only the first step.