From doodler to designer

It's funny as you get older that you start to look back and ponder how things happened or came about. I often think back to when I was a kid and wish I had that time again to sit and draw whatever I wanted, when I wanted - or just have the luxury of time to sit and draw for that matter, instead of worrying about impending deadlines or answering a client brief.

With age comes work and family, which in turn provide time-zapping responsibility. Don't get me wrong, I love my family and my work, but over the years I've let my passion for drawing dwindle to the point where I'm always left disappointed when I see how badly I do it these days. I often get frustrated at this seemingly lost skill when scamping out ideas for design work, where time is precious and a rough scribble is all there's time for to keep that deadline in reach.

This got me thinking recently whilst scribbling thoughts for a logo. Pondering what it was like to have the time to enjoy drawing, I started to actually think about what I used to like to draw when I was a kid and a strange realisation dawned on me. I remembered I was obsessed from around the age of 10 onwards at copying sportswear logos. I'd spend hours and go through sheets of paper recreating brands that appealed to a kid in the mid-80s - Adidas, Slazenger, Le Tigre, Le Shark, Lecoste and Farah. I'd even draw trainers and footballs too! Was this a turning point where I secretly wanted to be a designer, but I just didn't realise it? I remember an old art teacher at high school suggesting to my parents that I should definitely look at graphic arts as a career. Some time later I was six months into a fine art degree when a tutor told me my work was very graphical and I should consider graphic design instead. On both these occasions I dismissed their comments, as I just loved art and didn't associate it with a career. 

It wasn't until I was 20 and had dropped out of the fine art degree that I decided to give it a go. 3 years later, with an HND and degree under my belt I started out in the fast paced world of work and unbeknown to me then, I'd already started the slow decline of my drawing ability to where it is today.

But, when all is said and done, the funny thing is I've gone full circle from drawing brands for fun, to doing it for a job. And, if I think about it, I love that aspect of my job. It's took a while to see the link and it's strange to think that all those hours spent perfecting the leaping cat on a slazenger logo wasn't idle time, but preparation for now. Strange how something so obvious is not always so easy to see.

I still have a love for 80's brands and their logos. Check out my pinterest board dedicated to them to see more.