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People are always asking me how I come up with my ideas. Where I have the time or where my mind went to get to the final solution. I keep telling them random truths here and there, but it’s never enough for them. So I came up with a plan to turn one of the projects that I was given (To design a process) to explain my design process. This is basically how I get from point A to point B – but visually!

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I grew up gaming on an Atari and playing a ton of arcade games. When I was a kid, my dad would come home and we were glued to Duck Hunt for the rest of the night. I was someone who worked hard and dreamed bigger. I had no idea I wanted to work in the creative field, but everyone encouraged me including my best friend. Starting at a young age, I spent most of my time in my thoughts or doodling on desks to save some trees.... (yikes, sorry dad).

When I’m trying to come up with solutions you’ll see me either fixing something, researching, gaming, thinking about the old times, how I could maybe mix old techniques with new ideas, or I’m throwing axes to unwind. I’m a little all over the place and I usually have 50+ ideas before I settle with 1. I'll mindmap until nothing makes sense and then push even further than that where even I come back to my paper and nothing makes any sense. That's when I know I've come up with something and I start playing Jenga with different concepts till things start to come together.

After I swapped from doodling on desks to an iPad, things changed. Now I'm pretty much glued to my iPad and Cintiq. You'll always see me sketching out concepts in Procreate and swapping it over to tweak in Illustrator. This was the concept of how my mind works when coming up with a designing idea. I feel like, a lot of the fond memories and ideas I've come up with stem from my life experiences and that's how I merge my concepts into one.

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I start thinking about photographs, how things are made, old illustrations and even current traditional illustrations. I start pushing idea concepts from mashing things together I find amusing that could work with my project at hand. Overtime, I’ll start to come up with an idea and then break that idea down into isolated shapes and concepts. String things together and get something a little out of the box. I love it when I can turn the impossible into something possible.

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image of mockup

I love illustrating and I’m getting better with my iPad, but like mentioned I’m a bit of an old schooler. I’ve drawn with marker most of my life and I just started crossing over to the digital world using my iPad and Cintiq. My biggest struggles are painting in Illustrator, but I am getting a bit better with time.