Many #Buildinginpublic posts on Twitter that no one cares about. So I made a twist. 101 days ago, I started to learn new skills in public. Today, I turned my new skills into a side hustle.
I chose illustration design because I have always been fascinated by the power of illustration. I follow a group of designers and have been using some of their works.
One day, I was looking for minimal illustrations to help visualize my marketing materials. I found some good works, but still can't match the tone of my work.
I was like. How about I learn to make it? And make my own collection?
101 days of learning in public
Instead of building things, I slightly changed the direction of learning new skills.
I taught myself UI/UX design 4 years ago. Since then, I have been constantly learning about the latest design trends. But illustration design is a completely unique universe. It involves many observations, sketching techniques, knowledge of color matching, and humor.
I challenge myself to make an illustration design every day. Start with ideas, sketches, mockups, and adding details over the course of 101 days. Here are some of my favorite designs:
Domestika online course
There's this motto "If you want to master new skills, earn from the experts." Facebook heard my voice and showed me these wonderful courses from Domestika.
Bought 3 courses immediately and started diving into them. These courses made me realize the importance of establishing a good foundation.
I returned to the basics: pencil and paper. After the course, I was proud to show everyone a mini collection of my sketchbooks.
Constantly pinning and reading portfolio
Learning and practicing are not enough. You also need to stay out of the way. This is why I keep reading and discovering inspirations from fellow designers.
Pinterest and Behance are the answers. I find it useful because I will find a new design every time I refresh. The more I read, the more I can narrow down my design direction.
Some cool designs I found:
I received so much feedback and suggestions throughout the learning in public journey. Therefore, I turned these responses into my 4th side hustle.
Introducing Abstract - Illustrations for startups, founders, and many more. It's how you visualize your work everywhere with high quality design.
Now you can see my website in action. A cup of coffee = taking home 15 unique minimal illustrations, 3 color themes too.
I also realize that there are a huge diversity and inclusion gap in illustration design. Therefore, I want to take a leap and serve the community. Stay tuned!
Next post: I'm going to share my performance and marketing strategies.
Thanks for reading. Keen to hear your thoughts.