Application and Repetition Leads to Experience
Remember that time you took out the trash on a summer day and got a big whiff of hot garbage that made you almost pass out? Well, after three or four times of this you learn to hold your breath before you pull the lid off.
Have you ever been skydiving? You always have to jump tandem right? Why? To keep you warm? I don’t think so! It’s because the jumpers are trained professionals. You don’t jump out of a plane or base jump off of a building unless you know the wind velocity, how to parachute, when to pull, how to land, etc. You have to be aware of many things to pull off a successful jump. You are trained. You’ve practiced. You’ve experienced it over and over.
The same goes for learning the Canon of Design. It may seem overwhelming at first, but learn piece by piece and slowly start to apply it to your art. Applying it will gain you experience. You want it to be like riding a bike. You don’t think about your foot hitting the pedal with every spin of the wheel. It comes naturally. Keep practicing and don’t let anything intimidate your desire to learn design!
Here’s a simple checklist for you to use when you are designing your image. If you don’t understand one technique, go to the Table of Contents, find the article, and thoroughly study it. Ask me questions if you get confused.
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