I remember when I first started learning Adobe Illustrator way back in 2000.  I was living in Germany for a few years and had already been using Adobe Photoshop since 1997.  I remember how difficult it was at first, learning a new piece of software that was dedicated to lines and shapes.  I remember all the times I would get frustrated with trying to learn the program from a book sitting in my lap.  Mostly learning at night when my family was asleep and feeling like I was never going to get Illustrator like I understood Photoshop.  After about 3-months of constant practice, I finally started to feel confident about my illustration skills that I acquired through perseverance, dedication and very little sleep.

I finally had a challenge to test my Illustrator abilities and received a commission to illustrate a man in a suite with an appearance as though he were painted on a canvas.  I couldn’t use Photoshop at all, I strictly had to rely on Illustrator to get me through.  Within a week I had finished my first concept and the clients really liked where I was going with it.

I was given the go ahead to complete the project.  Once I was finished illustrating all the lines and shapes of every kind it seemed to create the painting look, I felt a sigh of relief.  I completed my first major challenge using Adobe Illustrator and knew I wanted to design more digital illustrations. Since Mr. Suit in the 2001 was finalized, I have enjoyed designing with digital illustrations for all types of small businesses.  It’s been a great ride and I have always been glad I pushed through those difficult times to learn something new and use it in my everyday life.

The author:  William Love is an illustrator and writer at VividlyDrawn.com.  He works with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and WordPress.