The one thing that feels good about doing so many different aspects of a job is that you never really feel tired of doing one particular task. There always seems to be such a large variety of things that need to get done and before you have time to feel get sick of doing something, you are finished with it and on to something else.
I was never one for doing repetitious tasks for a long time. While I still don’t mind doing stuff like production work for a couple of days at a time, I wouldn’t want to do it all the time. I am glad that the business is multi-faceted and allows me to do so many different things. Some days I spend the bulk of the time doing office work and emails. Others I paint. And other times still I spend at the scroll saw, making the pieces that I dream up in my head come to life. It is always fun and I believe that is part of what keeps me fresh and excited about my job.
Yesterday I spent the bulk of the day drawing. I have several new ideas that I am working on and it felt really good to spend the time to convert my ideas to actual drawings. This part of the process is always one of my favorites, as usually it is while I am drawing that I am still thinking up more variations or different projects altogether. It is fun to see things come to life and work out all the logistics of the new designs. Sometimes they need a great deal of ‘tweaking’ from what I originally thought and other times it is as simple as copying things from my head to the computer. It certainly is a part of the job that I enjoy.
I find too that the more that I work with my computer programs, the more that I learn to do with them. Here the phrase ‘necessity breeds invention’ comes to mind, as I am always learning new ways to use the programs to accomplish what I come up with. We use all Adobe products to make our patterns (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat) and both Keith and I realize that the scope of what we know how to do in these programs is merely the tiny tip of the iceberg as far as their capabilities. When we come across something that we want to accomplish, there is usually a way to do it within the program.
Yesterday this happened to me and it sent me on an adventure of learning. The good thing about Adobe software is that there is plenty of online support and if you have a question about one of the programs or are looking to see if it is capable of what you need it to do, chances are that someone else has already tried it and figured out a way. I often “google” my question and find a variety of answers from countless forums that discuss the software. In the process I learn something new. There is nothing like practical application to teach ourselves how to do something, and for me at least, that is when I learn the most. I am often asked about the programs I use to create my patterns and I have the feeling that people think that they can just buy the software and ‘make patterns.’ While this is true to a point, sometimes people don’t realize the huge learning curve that is involved in learning how to use computer programs such as this to our advantage. In short, there is no simple or quick way to do things – at least not for myself and nothing beats time and experience as a classroom.
Yesterday I learned some new things that were really cool. They will help me do things a bit faster in the future and they will pare down my drawing time significantly (at least the part that I applied this new lesson to) and in the long run make things a bit more efficient. While it took me a couple of hours to figure it out, in the long run it will save me some valuable drawing time. So it was a good day.
Even though I got side tracked with learning this new process, I made good progress on my pattern. While it isn’t quite ready to cut today, I am sure it will be by tomorrow and I will be ready to go with it. Here is a sneak peek of what I was drawing:
I am going to leave you with that today. As you can see, it is some lovely fretwork that I am working on. That is all that I will show you today though, as it is still in the process of development.
I hope you all have a wonderful day today. While it is a bit overcast here, it does seem warmer and the rain has stopped. Hopefully it will be a nice day.
Enjoy your Thursday.
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"