Problematic Process

Hearing that the way you’ve been taught to do something, that you’ve been doing for a long time, is incorrect is a big kick in the bum.

As an Illustration student I am taught techniques and guided by tutors the way things are and how it should be. The last two years the tutors of my course have been trying to drum into our heads the process of having a great project and better marks with what they call:

The Seven R’s.

Research

Reference

Record

Roughs

Refine

Realise

Reflect

Each step that will help give you more stuff to fill in your sketchbook and know what you’re doing. Tutors frown upon those who just stick to one idea with no background research or exploration.

But to hear the tutors say to me today to ‘just do it’  (meaning the final piece) and then the rest such as research will follow, really threw me off. Of course they still want all of the other R’s to be done, but not in the order I thought was appropriate.

It seems once you think you have it right, someone comes along and says otherwise.

Illustrators and artists out there all have their own ways to the final product. Finding out what your own one is while others tell you what they think it should be is all very confusing to the point I do not know if it is correct, or if something is being left out.

I guess it is time to just dig into it all head first and let go of methods. Do what is important; your love for something. Indulge in it but also do the nitty-gritty stuff too.

Is this how to be successful?

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