Finding My Way… To Graphic Design

…Okay Mom, I’m an engineer. …Now what?


My family’s obsession with me becoming an engineer was finally appeased when I got my degree in Industrial Design. But stubborn that I am, I still longed for learning about art and how to draw, so I could write and illustrate those stories I dreamt of making since like, forever.

Instead of enrolling in the college of Fine Arts like I should have done—duh—I decided to enroll in a master course of Graphic Design that my university was offering.

During the following two years I learnt how to use Photoshop in depth, as well as Illustrator and InDesign (and a bunch of other uninteresting things that I don’t remember).

I did not learn however to actually draw anything, or to do anything remotely artistic other than designing a few cute (albeit ordinary) things.

So even though after completing the master I had more control over the digital tools, I could still draw pretty much nothing… Just like before…—sniff

But in all fairness, I did learn how to use Illustrator; and out of my passion for this wonderful software I managed to create a few illustrations that I feel proud to share here:









Aside from learning how to create those tricky Vector Illustrations, I also learnt about digital retouching and painting with Photoshop, which helped improve a bit the quality of my drawings. However, I still lacked all the artistic knowledge of anatomy and perspective…

In order to create something remotely decent at this point, I was left no choice but to make use of countless references, such as Poser 3D renders (that I clumsily took to use as base for my drawings), or tracing over photographs to achieve a correct perspective and proportions for my characters.

Here are some examples of the works I made by using these newly acquired techniques:







Coming up Next

Even though enrolling in the master didn’t deliver as much as I would have hoped, it did bring something totally unexpected to my life, that would change the direction of my professional career for good.

The journey continues here 


Join the discussion

Did you follow your dreams and studied what you always wanted? And if so, was it like what you had expected?

Or were you pushed into studying something you disliked? If so, how did you manage?

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See you there!

Sara Martull

I like helping people, making 3D illustrations, modeling and shading characters, and my wish is to become a good writer/illustrator some day

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