5 Graphic Design Tips You Can Learn From Painting: Tip #5: The Key is To Do It – A Lot

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“You want to know the key to art?” an artist says, holding up a glass jar. After a closer look, it is apparent that inside the jar are hundreds of pencil stubs, worn to nothing but tip and eraser. “This is the key.”

Good painters improve their work simply by doing. They make a painting, good or bad, and then they set it aside, and make another. Then they make ten more. By constantly engaging in work (and observing), they are climbing uphill against the difficulties of their craft. Every mistake yields a new answer. Every dead-end opens a new drawer to learning and possibility. This is a great way to approach graphic design as well.

Make projects. Lots of them–and if you donʼt have a steady stream of client work, invent your own projects. Make them fun but also challenging. Pretend there is a client and set restrictions in place. Donʼt worry, all designers will tell you—the restrictions will make you more creative, not less. Then when youʼre done, print it or publish it, and move on. Make ten more. Donʼt compare your work to others and donʼt judge it too harshly. It will only discourage you from continuing on. Which once again, is the key: keep going. And of course, donʼt forget to have fun along the way.