Welcome to the first post from my “Personally Writing” diary. And for the first post in this category, I’ll be sharing my story of how I started my brand.
Dav-Oz Grafix is the first brand to have come to manifestation from the House of Dav-Oz (the collective name for all my brands. In due time, I’ll be writing about all brands in HoD) even though it was the second brand I planned to start.
I’ve always told people who refer to me as “Baddest” when it comes to graphic designs to calm down and not shout so loud. The reason is beyond me trying to seem modest or whatever, I just feel I am still a long way from being that good. Don’t get me wrong; I’m very confident in my design skills but I try not to let my trumpet be blown so loud because there’s a tendency that pride might block out the necessary improvement I need to make to become better. That, my friend, has been one of the motivational force that’s driven me so far.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”279″ img_size=”large” style=”vc_box_shadow” css_animation=”slideInLeft”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Passion: My interest for graphic designs began when I was a kid. I remembered vividly how much I loved making posters, flyers and even Christmas card with marker & paper/cardboard sheet. Even with my spelling errors, I would make the card and voilà! Next thing I know, I’m handing out these cards to my ever supportive parents and neighbours.
When my Dad began his small printing & publishing company, I remember I would follow him each day to the office (it was during my post-JSCE period). That was where I fell in love with CorelDraw. One of his employees was on a job and I had to sit and watch with glee what she was doing. The beauty, the magnificence, I immediately knew I had to learn that. On finding out my new interest, the next day, my dad instructed that particular employee to take me through on CorelDraw.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”280″ img_size=”large” style=”vc_box_shadow” css_animation=”slideInLeft”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Commitment: I’ll be very honest with you all, the only thing I learnt from her was how to use the rectangle tool, text tool, colour pallete and make some basic shapes. The rest of the things I know now were as a result of constant practice, and I mean serious constant practice. No physical or video tutorials, no tutor, just me, myself & I. That’s how I learnt graphic designs with CorelDraw. It’s the reason why I refuse to believe CorelDraw is hard to learn.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”281″ img_size=”large” style=”vc_box_shadow” css_animation=”slideInLeft”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Persistence: During my first senior secondary year, I couldn’t go to my dad’s office again due to school resumption but I never lost hope. I joined the Computer Club of my school were I became the Secretary. Club hours, I would pick a particular system with CorelDraw and design randomly.
After my senior secondary education, I immediately got into the University and because I didn’t own a laptop, I couldn’t practice my designs. It wasn’t until I was in my 2nd year (2016). I went home for the Christmas Holiday and that’s when my parents surprised me with a brand new HP 255 Laptop. Ladies and Gentlemen, I began designing randomly like there was no tomorrow.
The Advancement: The very first thing I designed with my laptop was a phone brand ad with variety of phones designed from scratch myself with CorelDraw. My success with the ad opened my mind to try out other 3D illustrations that can be achieved with CorelDraw and I left no stone unturned. Residential compounds, news show sets, talk show sets, church stage sets, commercial complexes etc. I did all from scratch with CorelDraw. The funny thing was that I did all these with CorelDraw X3, one of the oldest versions of CorelDraw. That was how I fell in love with CorelDraw X3 and found it hard to upgrade. I also tried my hands on other types of design; awards announcement banner, movie posters, flyers etc.
For me, it was all about the creativity. As at then I wasn’t sure graphic designs would be a source of income for me. Next time, I’ll be sharing with you how I started designing for people, thus establishing my brand.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” align=”align_left” style=”double” accent_color=”#a09306″][/vc_column][/vc_row]