I’m a web designer, a graphic designer, motion graphics designer, a 3d modeler, 3d lighting, 3d character designer, and I’m a 3d sculptor. I’m all of those things and sometimes I jump from one role to the other 2 or 3 times a day and I’m not a shamed of it and you shouldn’t be either.
For the last couple of years I was trapped in this idea of being a specialist and being amazing at one thing, but the more I work and the more time I spent learning only one speciality, I came to realise that I can’t; in this digital age there are just too many amazing software, tools, techniques to learn, that it would be a shame to not at least try them. Seth Godin captures it just beautifully:
“How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” Seth Godin
I’m a multipurpose designer, I can design almost anything. Yes, and I agree that at somethings I’m better than others, but that doesn’t mean that I will stop trying just because I suck at it or just because there are better artists or specialists out there.
I became a multi-purposeful designer (it does sound like a piece of furniture, I gotta find a better name) by means of circumstance and then it shifted into love of learning new tools, techniques and workflows. Being able to jump from one role to another and to learn to adapt saved my ass on multiple accounts, when that job or software became obsolete.
Learning new techniques, software, tools or taking on an entirely new role helps you expand your client base, but at the same time it helps you understand the other roles in any new job and it becomes really helpful when you want to hire a team of specialists to help you create an amazing project. Stepping into their worlds helps you communicate easier, helps you understand what are the limits of that medium.
Shifting from one role to the other keeps me out of my comfort zone, keeps me humble, keeps me coming back for more, whenever I feel too comfortable I don’t sit back and enjoy it — totally the opposite: those are the times that I kinda freak out, I have to do something new, I have to stay relevant. It’s a mixture of fear and progress. I think fear of not being relevant is a strong factor that pushes us to become better artists and especially freelancers.
I’m by no means saying that being a specialist is not amazing. It is, it’s freaking awesome. I respect and love specialists and I think their work is beyond words and the amount of strength and patience that they posses is astonishing.
The only fact that bothers me is that few specialists respect the Jack-of-All-Trades, they think just because they design a logo or do commercial work they are sellouts and by any means they shouldn’t call themselves artists. Leonardo da Vinci was a Jack-of-All-Trades, on top of being a painter, sculpture master, tinkerer, he was a weapon maker: he used to make most of his money by creating weapons just so he can pursue art (you start appreciating the so called boring projects like letterheads, PowerPoint presentations and flyers for clients). I’m not comparing myself to him or say that all Jack-of-All-Trades are like Leonardo da Vinci… by no means, the only comparison is their passion for learning and trying amazing tools and techniques everyday. It’s what keeps them alive, this is why their designs are fresh and stand out, because when you are a Jack-of-All-Trades, it doesn’t only mean that you have lots of clients in different niches and markets, it’s the fact that whatever new role/tool/software that you learn makes you that much better as an artist across the board. Hell, it even expands your thinking as a human being.
So the next time you feel embarrassed of telling people that you are a Jack-of-All-Trades just think of Leo!
In this looong video tutorial Guest author Johannes Tiner will show you how to re-create something pretty awesome using 3ds max and renderd using my all time favorite renderer.
This is a heavenly inspired 😛 video tutorial and all credits go to:
Nejc Polovsak from Twistedpoly ( twistedpoly.com/ )
Nina Stajner ( ninastajner.com/ )
This is the spline plugin that Johannes Tiner talks about miauumaxscript.blogspot.se/p/blog-page.html
Christmas… my favourite time of the year… I know it sounds very cliche, but I just love it, and it’s not only the gifts and the good food it’s just that the atmosphere and the people are a bit more loving and calm. Well, living in beautiful Brasov helps a lot cause this place is magical in every season but nothing compares to snowy Brasov… at least for me.
Anyhow, let’s get back to the Tutorial; I have been planning to do a version of my 1950 Vickylane as a Cars character for a while now. I thought this is going to be so easy to do, how hard it can be, right?