For cool things to happen, you have to get out of your comfort zone.
Morning sneaks up, and I open my shade to find a layer of moody fog clinging to the window. A melancholy feeling settles within. I silently work my way to making a delicious mug of coffee, bring out my laptop, and allow the slow motion of the mind to awaken… to brighten.
Most all the postings here on my blog have been about the art created by hand. Ah, such pleasure in the moments that I get to take a tool to paper and create. But, that’s not the only way I get to work. Slowly over the past couple years I have found digital art creeping more and more into my life. It wasn’t easy to transition, and I remember the moments of the endless amounts of tears of frustration that I faced in learning how to create in Adobe Illustrator. Simple illustrations that would take moments to draw by hand took hours to figure out digitally. I was completely out of my comfort zone.
Now I eagerly await the challenge of creating step by step illustrations for children’s toy kits. Such welcoming moments when I am greeted with a new job. Such JOY in finding myself completely blessed to work with an amazing person who makes each one of the jobs 100 times more fun. Even if tears still stalk me in moments of figuring out how to make something work— I find it all the more happy at the end of a job as the feeling of accomplishment tickles within.
Sometimes I get to create just illustrations. Sometimes I get to do just layouts. Sometimes I get to do both. Those big projects when I get to do them all… I have the most happy feelings at the final handoff. And feel even more gleeful when I spot one of the kits in stores.
The kits sold in all different stores… I somehow ALWAYS find my way to the children’s toy section to see if I can find another kit I had a little part of. So exhilarating. Funny that some of those kits decide they wanted to come home with me…
Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing
to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
I had no idea the hours and labor that went into instructions. They seem so simple. Now instructions hold a deep respect. Each one brings a healthy challenge. A step of comfort and a step going out in the unknown.
I’ve learned in my life that it’s important to be able to
step outside your comfort zone and be challenged
with something you’re not familiar or accustomed to.
That challenge will allow you to see what you can do.
—J. R. Martinez—