Art versus Design

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There has long been a debate over the difference between art and design - if there truly is a difference. If you look it up, you’ll find plenty of information and I think what it boils down to is the reason for creating art, at least for me.

I’ve been a graphic designer for more years than I care to admit and I’ve always considered myself a designer. I designed for a purpose, I designed for others. I designed to influence, I designed to communicate.

Out of the Darkness

A family trauma forced me to find a place of solace. I had to dig deep within myself and what I found was an artist, desperately trying to find the light. I started out as a commercial artist many years ago and with the advent of computers, I moved into graphic design in the 90’s and that’s where I’ve spent the last 20+ years. But, out of the darkness of the trauma came the light - the inner artist slowly rose to the surface.

Into the Light

Through trial and error, exploring many mediums and loving all of them, I have finally found that inner passion. I realized I had been creating artwork just as I had as a designer - creating for others. Now it is time to create art for myself with pen and paper, to explore the realm of drawing, of urban sketching, of watercolour.

Break All the Rules

It’s odd how this realization has make me think of graphic design as rather cold and impersonal. It’s not - there are some amazing graphic designers out there, but it’s changed for me. The days of designing logos and technical illustrations are behind me, although they oddly also inform my new artwork. There are valuable lessons to be learned from graphic design, lots of ‘rules of design’. I only hope I can break all the rules as I morph into an artist with pen and paper.


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