I was part of my middle and high school symphony orchestras (6th-12th grade) growing up. I loved my violin and piano. I had private lessons for the piano and used to practice at least 2 hours a day. I then went off to college in Manhattan upon graduation (2008). I hadn't practiced on a daily basis like I used to - playing only when I'd visit home for holidays and breaks. I've started to pick up my instruments again and boy, do you lose a lot of skill when you stop practicing! But like anything, the more you do something, the better you'll get at it - even if it's the second time around. Have anything you stopped doing? Try starting it up again! It could bring you a lot of joy.
Although I'm a huge fan of digital art, much like reading, I sometimes prefer to have hard copies. There's something about holding real material in your hands and feeling the texture that appeals to me. How about you? When you read a book, is it via your tablet or a paper/hardcover book?
How important are these materials to me? Very important. I'm happy I took the workshop at RISD to learn more about Acryla Gouache. I'm also very grateful for the Wacom Tablet my SO gave to me a couple Christmas' ago. One more thing, stamps are fun. Oh, wait! One last thing, stationery can do wonders for your brand! Yup... that's it for now.
In August of 2017, I finished my MS program in IT Management at Brandeis University. This thought came to mind and I tested it out... I turned it into a mini comic. So, why don't we get green jackets again?
Honestly, this single image can show you how much you can improve if you just keep practicing. A lot of people will tell me, "You have to be born with the talent. Not everyone can draw." And others still will say, "I can draw that, too. It's easy." Whichever perspective you agree with, I truly believe that practice, no matter the field, is the key to being "good" at something.