I began creating artworks in Photoshop in 2011. Since then I learned more about the features and possibilites in school, where I entered my path of becoming a media designer. Soon I started to use it regular as needed and desired tool for the creation of some graphics for an RPG Maker project and YouTube. As I succeeded using it as a platform to actually create graphics on my own (without manipulation just other peoples resources) I became very comfortable to use it on a daily basis. It’s my number one tool to entertain myself, to express my feelings and desires and craft motiviation in the shape of images.
Illustrator was a mystery for me when I started with Photoshop. Where were all the possibilities my teachers and others praised to be there? It took a while for me to understand the real usage of the vector software. When I finally got into it, it hooked me to become better. I found my interest in designing my own logos and icons. Since then I got exited to learn more about the opportunities and advantages.
When I entered school to become a media designer I realized soon I won’t be much of a print fan. Eventhough you could think designing for web and for print may hardly different, the appeal is bluffing in my opinion. Print is a totally different media and needs to be treated as it deserves. I like the print media and there are so many options to create beautiful designs and you work with different types of paper and stuff but I’m just not into it as much as for the web.
I guess my understanding of HTML is pretty good. After you learned how to use it and what options you have there isn’t much to learn. Besides new HTML tags, a well structured DOM and the clever usage of the attributes there’s less room for improvements.
CSS / LESS
My most used tools for the work I do are Photoshop and LESS. It’s so important to understand the styling guidelines and behaviors of each element and how they react with each other. Unlike with HTML there’s always space for improvements. Having a design in front of you an seeing the best solution for a DOM and CSS structure is essential for me and other Frontend-Developers. Personally I like to use all the advantages that come with LESS, like variables and calculations.
Well, I love to use jQuery and everytime I use it I learn more about it, more advanced techniques etc. But I’m kinda still a beginner when it comes to complex functions. Switches and animations aren’t a problem, but I also want to get better at it so badly. Functions like a lightbox, variable sticky boxes, zoom container for images or parallax effects like in the slider are handwritten and I’m proud of them. There’s still much to learn.
Neither am I a photographer nor do I work with people and models in Photoshop on a regular basis, but retouching is a neceressary skill to have when you claim yourself an graphic designer / artist. I like to work with the skin, the hair and all the other interesting properties I need to consider when retouching people but there’s always a gap to professionals that I can’t quite reach. But retouching can also mean to shape a persons face like in my ‘Behind beauty lines simplicity’ series.
Photo Manipulation / Collages
There are certain field of creative work that just don’t fit my interests completely. Collages are one of those. Manipulating a photograph, for example edit the sky, skintone or simply get more out an existing photo is easy. Editing the photo’s story is a whole other world, which am I only able to do with only small projects.