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Taking inspiration from an unusual place

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale

There was a time when I almost gave up on being a designer, back when I was half-way through university. I had failed a unit by a marginal amount, and had become disheartened after seeing my peers excel ahead of me. I remember this feeling vividly — the fear of failure, and not knowing if things would get better. I approached my tutor and asked if I could resubmit an assignment so I could pass, but they had told me “If I pass you, and you go into the professional world and someone asks where you learned this particular skill, I will be accountable for that. How important is it that you pass this unit, or actually take something from it”.

I NEEDED TO BE TRULY INVESTED AND PASSIONATE IN THE WORK IN ORDER TO EXCEL AT IT.

Looking back, I am eternally thankful to have had a mentor who would do what others wouldn’t, which was provide me with a somewhat brutal truth — that I needed to be truly invested and passionate in the work in order to excel at it. There are many people I know that work to sustain themselves and pursue their interests in their down-time, and that if you’re one of the minority that actually loves what they do, you’re actually pretty lucky. Around this point I stumbled upon the work of a Belgian concept artist, Jonas de Ro, a man of supreme talent in composing immersive concept artworks of fantastical environments and intriguing characters, that I became truly inspired to pursue this creative field not just for the endgame of sustaining myself, but to fulfil a passion that would continue to grow for the rest of my life.

Illustration wasn’t something that had come naturally to me, but when I first saw Jonas’ work, it was awe inspiring to me — I would do anything to be able to visualise an idea so impressively. I am still not even an ounce as talented as he is, but his work was enough to inspire me to learn from some of his online tutorials, buy a graphic tablet and begin practicing on a regular basis. I learned of the value of having a creative outlet such as art, and how beneficial it can be to build on skills complementary to a primary discipline such as design.

Illustration wasn’t something that had come naturally to me, but when I first saw Jonas’ work, it was awe inspiring to me — I would do anything to be able to visualise an idea so impressively. I am still not even an ounce as talented as he is, but his work was enough to inspire me to learn from some of his online tutorials, buy a graphic tablet and begin practicing on a regular basis. I learned of the value of having a creative outlet such as art, and how beneficial it can be to build on skills complementary to a primary discipline such as design.

You can view more of Jonas de Ro’s art at www.jonasdero.com

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