reflections

Mediocrity Is Good

Designed in 2009 at Babamutum, Katsina during my NYSC. 

Designed in 2009 at Babamutum, Katsina during my NYSC. 

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).

Trying my hands on design themes.

Trying my hands on design themes.

I needed a personalised wall paper for my laptop.

I needed a personalised wall paper for my laptop.

When Obama became President in 2008.

When Obama became President in 2008.

My intention is to design sneakers.

My intention is to design sneakers.

I knew one day I was going to have a website (www.lexain.com)

I knew one day I was going to have a website (www.lexain.com)

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.

My first logo using photoshop CS3

My first logo using photoshop CS3

School Club logo designed for my cousin

School Club logo designed for my cousin

I love to design adidas.

I love to design adidas.

I love to design adidas sneakers still.

I love to design adidas sneakers still.

Free online party poster for my cousin

Free online party poster for my cousin

"X"- when I was still in an identity crisis, trying to discover my real self

"X"- when I was still in an identity crisis, trying to discover my real self

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.

Aim to "Do epic Shit"

Aim to "Do epic Shit"

"The largest room in the world is the room for improvement"

"The largest room in the world is the room for improvement"