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One thing I noticed in moving back to LA from Orange County is how difficult it is to change after being in one place for a long time. I've moved a few times in my life and it was much easier in college than it is for me now. Having family to stay with has helped me in recent years, but now I'm doing my best to do things more independently and it's a difficult thing for an introvert like myself. A good network of support usually makes things easier and I'm still in the process of finding it locally though I still have college friends in the area. I suppose actually taking more steps to re-connect with people or meet new people will be my next challenge.

Since I started tutoring students through WyzAnt, I've mainly been showing people in their 20's how to use HTML and PhotoShop. I recently started tutoring a 10 year old how to use PhotoShop and Illustrator. It's a such a nice thing when parents get their kids started younger on subjects that interest them and I am really happy that her parents are encouraging her to pursue graphic design at an early age. My parents had me take painting classes pretty early on and piano lessons when I was 10 (which I continued through high school). Me and my siblings were always drawing when we were growing up and I think it's helped me in many ways. I kind of wish I'd gotten into sports earlier, but I did have tennis lessons and didn't do too well with those. My sister ended up joining the tennis team in high school, so at least it wasn't wasted on her. When I got into using computers as a teenager, it was mostly to use the internet. I dabbled in PrintShop and drawing programs and was very... read more

Something that confuses me is whether a web designer should be an artist who codes or a programmer who designs. When I went back to college to study web design more seriously, I focused on learning the code side since I felt that art and design was a natural skill I had outside of school. I have taken art classes in junior high and high school, but I've been drawing all my life and even had painting lessons for a few years before the art classes. I dabbled in graphic design early on, but never took classes in it until well into my web design courses. I do enjoy creating digital artwork, though I still enjoy creating art and crafts. I met with a student who seemed to enjoy incorporating a traditional craft look to her blog and replicating graphics that looks like fabrics and paper textures. The vintage style of these designs is something I always enjoy too. I found it very interesting to see websites that give a very traditional look. Perhaps it's my own interests in paper craft... read more

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