When I was younger (about 10 years old), on a typical summer day you wouldn’t see me leave my room very often. It would not be uncommon for me to wake up, eat breakfast, head back down to my bedroom, dump my Legos on the floor, and stay there. I would build for hours without batting an eye, listening to Harry Potter or Redwall books on cassette tape while I worked. I claimed to be an avid reader, but really I just listened to a ton of audio books on cassette tapes. I loved being immersed in creating things and storytelling.
Today, I reconnected with my 10-year-old self.
I woke up early, checked up on CollegeCon’s social media profiles, and finished scheduling posts for the rest of the week. Then, I hopped back on to Udemy and into online learning—but not coding. In fact, I resumed an Adobe Illustrator digital illustration course that I started last week in my free time. I told myself that I would work until 9:00 am, exercise for an hour, and then jump back into Java.
Of course, that didn’t happen.
I ended up really getting into a groove and working until about 9:30 and finishing my workout at 11:00. But after that, I transitioned to Java, right? Nope. I kept learning digital illustration the whole day. And it was amazing.
I felt like a kid again, not noticing the hours fly by while I had a blast creating something.
I don’t know what it is about me that makes me stick to one course all day long, but it tends to happen more often than not. Maybe it’s the fact that everything is all so new, and I need more time to learn. Maybe it’s because when I get going with something it’s hard for me to stop. Maybe it’s because I’m having fun .
Regardless, it was a great day.
I didn’t finish the course, but I’m almost done. Here’s what I have finished so far:
If you want to see some really cool digital art, check out dibbleart.com.
David Dibble is a digital illustration and painting professor at BYU and has worked on movies such as Ice Age and Epic while at Blue Sky Studios.
He’s also my uncle.