What do you think about this idea?

over 4 years ago from , Digital Maker

Hey DNers,

I'd like some feedback and input on an idea that has lived in my head for a couple years and I finally executed an initial concept.

I have previous experience in the fine arts world – drawing, painting, printmaking, etc – and a common method of learning and growing your skills is to recreate the work of master artists; ie. create a Master Study. The concept goes back hundreds of years, recreating the works of Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, Manet, and so on.

My thought was to take that concept and apply it to our field and what we practice everyday. Because we already learn and seek influence from other designers, just not explicitly so. So, my thought was act on the concept and share as I go.

I don't know what this is, where it will go, it it's a good idea or useful to anyone. And therefore would love input of what you think. Be nice. Or else ;)

Watch the first Episode here:

Master Study Design Ep1


  • Beni GartenmannBeni Gartenmann, over 4 years ago

    Hi Caleb, Thanks for sharing your idea and putting together the concept! Some of my thoughts after watching your first episode:

    • I would learn more if it was a design that's used in real world scenarios. As you mentioned at the end of the episode, a real product page would need a lot more content beyond just big images. How do world class designers balance between clean and slick looking pages and selling stuff?
    • The artists you mentioned each had their own painting style, recreating the works involves learning the styles. I think you could put a bit more emphasis on this aspect, like what styles/technics are being used, when and how to use these technics.
    • I know you want to limit the length of these episodes, but it felt a bit rushed... maybe you could recreate one work over multiple episodes, allowing you to go deeper on certain technics?

    I hope this helps :)

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    • Caleb Sylvest, over 4 years ago

      Thanks for the input! I appreciate the feedback and suggestions. I think your right that there needs to be some depth and education behind the study. I'm not completely sure of the format or what that will become but I think it will surface as I make a few more episodes.

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  • Brandon ZellBrandon Zell, over 4 years ago

    I've heard this idea referred to as "Copy Work" I believe. I've only done this once or twice and it was incredibly helpful. I need to get disciplined and make time for more practice of this nature.

    Looking forward to watching episode 1!

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    • Caleb Sylvest, over 4 years ago

      Thanks Brandon, I appreciate the encouragement and feedback :)

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      • Brandon ZellBrandon Zell, over 4 years ago

        After watching ep1 it makes me want to make a video recreating a design! There are some differences in how I approach this kind of practice and it would be cool to demonstrate that. Basically, I would take a live website and grab all the text and images I would need straight from the page. After studying the design, I would try to re-create it from memory. Then compare with a full page screenshot, see the differences, hide the screenshot and try to make the corrections, repeat. Definitely takes longer, but you have to make all the design decisions yourself so it makes a great learning experience. (maybe that's not how it's done in fine arts, that's just the approach I like)

        Good luck with ep 2.

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