My hatred for mediocrity presented with all kinds of fluffiness and sweetened tongues is what informs the output of my works but I did not become 'pro' overnight.
I own up when I don't know jack and I appreciate it when people do the same. About 7 years ago, I practically knew nothing about photoshop but I knew how to use corel draw (self taught) and I did some mediocre designs with it like the one above. I wasn't really satisfied with what I was doing so I decided to learn when I got the slightest chance to do so (even if it is from someone that is way younger than I am).
Immediately I finished NYSC in 2009, my father and my elder brother gave me twenty five thousand naira each to go for a graphics design training, and I trained for two months after which I began to use and enjoy photoshop which I dreaded initially. I really had a great time (I still do) learning how to use photoshop tools as I was eager to express my art(s) using the application. I did a lot of jobs for free during that era, trying my hands on so many tricks.
I took some of these works for an interview at an Noah's Ark, through my great uncle and miraculously I got my first job as an art director (Thanks to Lanre Adisa for giving me a shot). Anyway(s), it would be 4 years in June since I entered the industry and www.behance.net/lexain would show you how well I have improved by not forming "I sabi" (I know) but learning under the masters, rookies and asking a lot of questions. I am still work in progress though, but at least I "sabi" wetin I dey do.