Explaining the title of this newsletter.
Thanks for sharing, Kyle! Love this sentiment and learning about your journey. I’ve had a hard time self-identifying as an expert, especially in areas that aren’t my primary job. I’m at the point of growth where I’m aware of what I don’t know and that sometimes stops me from sharing what I do. Even if it’s something I’ve been doing my whole life, I’m better than many people at it but there are so many people better than me.
Obviously even experts have things they are still learning in their field; I would love to get your take on different criteria that can help build confidence in one’s expertise level, especially absent of traditional means (like degree credentials or job titles). Maybe a “You might be an expert if…” with more examples as a follow up!
Thanks for the post Kyle. Gets one to think more critically. I think for me, it comes from experiencing something in real time. For example, I consider myself to be pretty motivated and educated in terms of taking our household income and maximizing it in terms of savings rate/investing rate. While I do feel I am more educated than most, my "education" can get in the way sometimes and I end up overthinking or over optimizing. This can lead to underperformance (which is tough for a Type A personality). I am coming to realize more that being directionally accurate is more important than perfection.
Good post. I'm trying to follow up with your presence in different social media over the years and as a senior , (from Istanbul) , I have to say that you are a real "one of a kind". Personally , I have to admit that I have never been succesfull in my private art projects compared to my professional life although I am rather better than many professional illustrators and writers or photographers. (I am an Industrial Engineer , and a retired Chief Information Officer from an international conglomerate.) But I have always tried to move on either with drawing, illustration, literature, photography etc. to catch and fill the void of daily life. On this "survival by learning and art" principle one could expanse the required endurance only., which you are doing well enough. Keep up the good work and be safe.
I love your enthusiasm. From editing weird satyrical science-fiction newspapers to organizing +18 parties, I've done a lot that goes far from my professional activity — and that doesn't pay my bills. I'm looking forward to whatever is coming
This is actually the first newsletter i have read fully ever. And i have subscribed to a lot, being of design, writers and comic artists and other stuff. Not for lack of not being interested but for not having time for it. I know, they always say find the time, but not easy with working at home with the family here. Anyway, i love your products, and honestly havent followed into Adobe but i hope i will, there's so many stuff to do and so little time, to explore and play with brushes! I can't think of anything i'm really good at, at least not better than others but i guess being a graphic designer and a illustrator (mostly vectors) and working for many recognized bands in my country doing their gigposters and record artwork must count for something.
I used KyleBrush for A LOT of the digital art I do on Stoker Machine. Stoked to have found you on Substack!