When I said I was “adding illustrations” I guess I meant drawing self-portraits or messing with images of myself. As if a whole site saying LOOK AT ME AND GAZE UPON MY WORKS wasn’t indulgent enough. It was fun and made the site work, which is the freaking point.
To integrate some more illustrative touches I wanted to use icons. Seeing what I need, I decided to get them from the Font Awesome library. Using their new version 5 svg focused set solves a lot of accessibility issues that traditionally existed using font-icon sets and provides
I could have drawn them but no.
Drawing icons uses a very specific skill set and I think that the closest comparison is font creation. At a broad level, it takes a certain kind of eye, a certain level of patience, and a certain level of technical proficiency. At a smaller level, it’s all about making each piece part of a larger whole. I have an eye, and have patience, and have technical proficiency, but I’m not drawing a unique folder or a unique lock icon or the letter Q when there are so many good options already out there. It’s the larger whole that is overwhelming.
I can draw new icons to fit existing sets for sure – I actually love doing that – but the idea of drawing a lock again. No.