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7 Values You Can Learn From An Artist and Designer

How Being An Artist Strives For Life? What kind of core values that we need to absorb like an artist and designer?

Being artistic is actually part of my life since young. I’m just a kid that loves to draw and I never had serious moments in my studies. I became lazy when it comes to assignment and reviewing topics from school subjects because of not putting my whole attention to academics.

I was blessed to have very understanding parents that always pushing me to do anything and that’s why I called it as unconditional love. From that old memory, I found myself in the right position that I can make decisions in life without having a fear of failure, rejection, and disappointment to others. This kind of mentality helps me to stand out even If I’m not really smart and full of knowledge. The ego of being an artist brought me to a different life directions and opportunities in the real world.

 

The Core Values that Artists & Designers Have

We have unique personalities and core values that we use in our daily lives. We see an incredible potential by our beliefs and practices that being in a right self-projection will give a right opportunity to grow and find perfection. As an artist, I have these life aspects of how would I survive this kind of life without giving up on time.

So here are some of the core values that I practiced for the very long time for you to able to survive at any situation.

1. High Level of Patience

Having a high level of patience means being able to wait in the face of frustration or adversity to finish the particular tasks. This kind of values can apply to anyone that being in the phase of letting your frustration grow will lead you to giving up easily. Everything takes time and mostly good things happen when you waited for the perfect time. It is very similar to bake a delicious cake. You have to follow the long steps to achieve the perfect taste. You cannot put all the ingredients and process at a time and you must follow the whole procedures to get the exact taste of the cake.

2. Create New Solutions

All the magical things happen at one night can be changed by a single comment from a client. Yes, it’s true!ย  Basically, there are some clients that always bring up their ideas on the table and ending up with many revisions. The main issue is the inconsistency of ideas and directions from the client. As a designer, it is a duty to find a better solution for single revisions from the client. It is a challenge to get the satisfaction of the client and convince that the final output is perfect for his/her product or services. Better leave if you feel that the whole process is very complicated. There are many opportunities out there for your creativity and don’t stick to a particular project that you feel that your creativity is invalid.

3. Fully Motivated

We get something good on a specific thing, event, or feeling that can feed up our motivation. For me being in my space gives me comfort and I am motivated to work and do my personal tasks. We also get motivations by looking at different inspirations in our surroundings and particular pages online. For example, I browse a lot of inspirations in Pinterest to help building my pending projects at the right time. Being motivated brings you to a limitless belief that every idea is possible to achieve whether it is your personal goal or an idea for your client’s point of view.

The reason of creative block is the lack of motivation and inspiration and that’s why you have to set a break and generate your mind for the meantime. Just look around and find some inspirations on the web or at your favorite place to chill.

4. Meticulous in Aesthetics

Designers use their aesthetic taste to complement their design’s usability by producing attractive layouts and creative directions. By the help of principles of design, aesthetics for projects need a time to complete the whole imagery. Mostly designers follow the basic principles of design by looking the elements. The area of aesthetics for the designers is to identify its creative achievement and how to feel about it.

5. Adventurous to Match Colors

The most incredible and interesting part of being a designer is to choose the right colors. It involves the hidden psychology of colors can interpret the emotions of an image. For example, the color red symbolizes love, romance, and passion similar to what we usually see for Valentines Day. The challenge part is to match a secondary color to contrast the imagery of love. Mostly, safe secondary colors are black and white. On the color wheel, the contrasting color for red is green and both colors interpret as Christmas. That’s why it is important to know and research about the psychology of colors for imagery content.

6. Simplicity is Beauty

Minimalism is the discipline of refining a particular design that will catch a direct intention for a campaign imagery. The role of minimalist is to give a direct message and a make an impression to achieve a specific goal and intention. That’s why people can engage content that can’t kill their time of reading and understand the message of the advertisement. Being a minimalist can be applied to your own space and it will add more space and wisdom vibes that can help boost your mood while at work.

7. Freely to Express Ideas

Being expressive of what you feel is an authentic and pure act of being honest. For designing industry, I have to follow the client’s point of view for his/her business brand imagery. We have no limits on expressing things because we want to release our ideas and visions.

I really hate for being controlled because I can’t see the authenticity of my work if someone tells me what to do when it comes to expressing feelings on an art form. As a designer, it is a task that I need to produce an image that perfectly match to the client’s vision and feelings for his/her brand. It is a win-win situation. That’s why standing out is not easy. By the help of your core values, you can change everything and you can give more if you have the right ideas to produce.

 

Disclamer: The tips that I mentioned above are based on my personal experience as a Graphic Designer for almost 6 years in the work industry. Be at your own pace and hopefully these personal tips will help you grow.

 

Content Creator & Illustrator from Cebu, Philippines.

10 Comments

  • Rome Nicolas

    The challenge of a graphic designer is to accommodate the request of a client without forgetting his artist self in the process. While in the end the client has the final call, it’s a different feeling if the designer will be able to convince the client with the output he intended for the client.

    PS – It’s also a different feeling if the designer is inspired to create products and designs that the world will be happy to see and he will be proud artist behind it.

  • Marco Yambao

    Nice write up! That’s why I really salute all of you guys who does these kinds of stuffs coz it takes a lot to be one! The creativeness, the ideas that I don’t know where you guys would get from, and the talent is just so wow! Keep going ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐ŸคŽ

  • Roneth Politud

    I really wish I’m an artist. Like a very creative one. Hahaha. I do believe that being an artist take patience which I do not have most of the time. HAHAHA.

    By the way, I really love how artists like you do all the cohesive color branding on graphics and photos. I just don’t have the talent for that.

    Keep creating! <3

  • Armie Garde

    I’ve worked with graphic designers in the past and they’re a bunch of geniuses, I must say. They are highly motivated people, too. One of my closest friends who is a graphic artist, once said, they need a lot of motivation because they procrastinate a lot, as well. They needed something bigger than themselves to get them out of that zone. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing these, Aldrin.

  • Angel

    I have so much respect to artists. Well, for one, I am not artistic myself (graphic arts, and the like) and I know that bringing one’s imagination to works of art is victory itself.

    In relation with the values, I hope that people will look at art in a way that they won’t cheapskate the artist and they will fully understand the artists’ works.

  • Philip Andrew D. Mayol

    I really appreciate you venturing more on what you are good at as your topic for writing for your blog. I mean, I can learn more from it since the content is based from experiences and some research. The idea of personal blogging is blooming here and I can see potential that this platform can help you do more with your creative work in the future.

    Thanks for a good read, Drin. And continue to share your expertise to other people. I, too, learn from this, so it’s a good takeaway reading your blog.

  • Jullian Robin Sibi

    I love the write-up but there are some aspects na di ko mu-tuo nga naa nimo! hahaha All jokes aside, it really takes a lot to be a designer especially when there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen. You want to make sure that your output can match the customer’s vision ๐Ÿ™‚

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