I have never written a blog before and am not really sure the right way to begin, but as all good things must have a beginning, ’tis better to jump in and see if I can swim than to flounder about trying not to fail.
My name is Rob. I recently spent some time in Burkina Faso (a West African country) with the Peace Corps. Life was fun, hard, complex, simple, and rewarding. Now, less than two months returned, I have visited family, friends, and strangers. I have broken bones in 6 places in my face and neck, bled into my brain, and recieved more than a quarter meter of stitches in my face. I can’t say that life is simple, but it remains fun, hard, complex, and rewarding at times.
For those who don’t know me well, don’t worry, I’m on the mend, and I mend well.
My goal with this blog is to create a starting point. From a young age, I loved art, and growing older didn’t really change that. While friends with similar drive sought out art classes to hone their skills, I was fearful that a overly formal learning environment would poison the well of my enthusiasm. As this had already happened with novels when I took literature classes, I feel it would be wrong to overly criticize my youthful premonitions. Thus my formal art education ended with a single class in the 8th grade.
Fast forward to now. My time in Burkina offered invaluable opportunities to explore my limits in the field of graphic design. For two years, I focused on improving the quality of available training resources for volunteers in the field. While a large part of this work was research based to avoid redundancy, I still recieved ample opportunity to create. And due to the diverse nature of volunteer educational backgrounds, learn.
Now I would like to see if I have gained a profitable skill or not. Thus this beginning, this starting point.
Over the next month, I intend to upload samples of work that I did in Burkina. I also intend to start taking on projects as they are offered. Advice will be appreciated, though constructive critiques more-so than simple praise or disgust. For that matter, as I am completely new to the blog scene, suggestions concerning blog-etiquette, layout suggestions, etc. will not go un-noticed.
Thank you for your time and interest. Perhaps both will soon be deserved.