Hello, I'm Adam Ingle, and welcome to my weekly newsletter, Creative Angle. My purpose for this newsletter is to provide weekly updates in which I document and share the most significant lessons and insights I have learned and the progress I have made toward becoming a full-time creator and artist. As a result, I hope these weekly anecdotes will inspire others who may have a similar goal while also providing a way to track my progress.
I currently work as a full-time graphic designer and design manager. Although I love my job, I have always wanted to support myself and my family through my work and passion for art without relying on someone else's business and a monthly paycheck. I have spent most of my life exploring various areas of design, trying to figure out what excites me and what I have a real passion for. Now, at 31 years old, I know what direction and goal I want to steer my life toward and, more importantly, what skills and tools I need to develop to achieve this.
I have always had a vision for creating content and telling a story built around my art. It can get quite daunting when I think about how much work and practice I must put in to realise my dream, and you'll see why below. But this newsletter is the first step toward that goal, as its purpose is to help me keep track of my progress in the following skills and tools. I have provided a score from 1 (only starting) through 10 (mastery) to give you a reference point of where I feel I'm personally at with my comprehension of each:
Even though I have only started learning 3D and developing the skillsets I'll need to realise my goals, I'm excited by the challenge each offers as I focus on building a career around my art.
To ensure my weekly progress is measurable and easy to follow, I have created my very own framework that each issue will follow. So, allow me to introduce the C.R.E.A.T.E framework. It is a six-part guide that will help me stay accountable and break down my progress into easily digestible chunks. This is how each part is broken down:
This section is about acknowledging and celebrating my achievements over the previous week. I will highlight and break down any moments of significance where I have improved. Think of it as a short written tutorial that will vary in any of the above mentioned areas; I will highlight a challenge or obstacle and the steps I took to overcome it.
It's essential for me to have clear goals that I can work towards steadily. This part goes hand in hand with the fifth step: "Targets." As the name suggests, I'll reflect on how I did with the goals I set for myself in the last issue.
This section will provide a curated collection of valuable resources and links I discovered throughout the week. If there are any articles, videos, links, creators, or artists that I found and provided me any value, I will share them here. This may become a database of the most valuable resources for artists and creators.
This is where I will share my process and progress on the current projects I'm working through. It will offer you a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of my creative approach and art. I have always loved seeing the process of how a piece was made, and this is where I'll be able to share mine.
This is the most essential section of the entire newsletter for me. This section will outline my goals, plans, and strategies for the upcoming week. I'll share and set my intentions for the forthcoming week; this could be completing a project, learning a new skill, or progressing toward a specific milestone.
Instead of having a separate journal, I wanted a place in my newsletter where I could freely express my thoughts and allow me to communicate my own personal reflections and ideas.
I'm excited to finally take the first step into measurably working toward my goals. If you're an artist or creator, starting your own journey or already established, any of this sounds like something you might be interested in. Then, I would love for you to subscribe and connect with me on socials. I'm most active on my Instagram, so please feel free to reach out. If this is as far as our paths cross, I hope you find these newsletters useful.