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 How To Become A Graphic Designer? 

Date of Publish - Thursday, 4th January 2018

How to become a Graphic Designer

 Does your school notebook resemble a sketchbook more than it does, well, a notebook? Do you deal in doodles as easily as others do in words? Did your mom just threaten to kick you out if you buy another sequential art book because, gosh that’s good art? If t least one of these questions made you nod your head furiously enough to cramp your neck then, hey, you might just be in the right place. So, stop drooling over the art of Studio Ghibli’s latest production and read on to find out how you can make others drool with your art instead. So, first things first.

In your quest to becoming a graphic designer, the first obstacle you will face is:

Lack of Resolve 

 But no, like seriously. You need to know what you are in for. It doesn’t matter if you have been drawing like Picasso since the moment you stepped out of your mom’s womb. Creativity is only a small part of what it takes to be a graphic designer. It isn’t even a necessary part. What is necessary, though, is practice. Yes, you read that right. Hard work and practise is what will get you through. And not just a few hours every day. You must practise till designing starts to come to you as easily an eating your favourite meal. Draw when you are eating, draw when you are watching a movie, draw when you are on a date. Never. Stop. Drawing. 

Enrol in related courses

You need to start early here so make sure you are enrolling in all related courses available in your school. Join the drawing club, take up digital media, pester a teacher you know has a graphics background etc.

 Build your portfolio you might still be in school and have zero experience in the field so this might not be easy to do. But for all graphic artists need to show their portfolios to prospective clients, you need to do it. Start easy. Collect sketches, that design work you did for the school magazine, a sample logo in one place. Look up free online portfolio websites and upload your work. Then keep updating your collection as you go on.

Familiarise yourself

Keep yourself updated on recent work and new software. Follow art pages of different designers. Try implementing their styles on your own. Absorb new ideas. Make sure you know which software is coming up and how to use them. The field keeps developing so you need to grow with it. 

Keep learning

No matter how famous you are getting lately and how much work you get, make sure you know that there is always someone better. Work on your style. Come up with new styles. Take up new kinds of work that are outside your comfort zone. Go back to school if needed.  

Author :
 Ananyaa Bhowmik IMIA022


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