Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Never be fully satisfied with your work

Never be fully satisfied with your work. As designers, illustrators, and overall artists we should never be fully satisfied, because there will be flaws that you may look back a couple days later and realize what you should do. The expression "you're only as good as your last job" is another way to look at it. You have to be satisfied enough for the client to like it, but it doesn't mean it you shouldn't continue on your design. If it's a personal piece, you should continue to push yourself to become better every time to you create. Every piece of art you make is a learning process. Of course there are people who have many years under their belt whose designs look like they're near perfection, but they may have found a routine to help them, but they know they haven't reached that status. I'm not saying you cannot be proud of your work, but realize that even though we stepped back with a satisfaction of the piece completed there is more than a finished product. What did we learn? What could I have done differently? Would it have been faster if I did it one way or another? Am I completely happy or just happy with it? If you disagree with a client and you have time, you can propose you idea to them with what you think will look better. It never hurts to keep yourself to a high standard. Having high standards is what helps give us that push to be better, especially since who really wants to be mediocre?
-Joe Baron

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