Skill Set: Reality Check

My Skill set:

Artistic Skills:

Traditional drawing as well as digital drawing. Construction skills such as welding, workshop work and general sculptural skills.

Computer based skills:

Game creation, program prototyping, computer maintenance, 3D modelling. CSS, HTML web development. Creation of sound effects for use in game (Not, however, music.) Minor electronics and robotics.

Soft Skills:

Self driven and independent. Managed projects successfully a few times, analysing situations and planning most effective action. Creativity. Editing (academic). Critical thinking

Professional Skills:

Manage an online shop and it’s expansion. Deal with the employment of freelancers. Make creative decisions regarding direction of video games company and clothing printing company.

The most essential of these:

I would probably say that general creativity in problem solving and critical thinking in execution are the most wide ranging and useful of this specific skill-set.

How I developed this skill set

I left the education system at an early age (13) but grew up in an intelligent family while i wasn’t home-schooled as such I did spend my time pursuing what was then hobbies. Have pursued Art at university and developed a number of skills there (Welding and workshop skills). The rest I developed through a natural curiosity and just playing around with things until I worked them out. I would say that my brother has been an influence on the development of my computer skills. It is probably worth mentioning that whilst art education has developed my softer skills such as networking, it has done little for me in terms of technical artistic skill-sets I’ve developed perhaps instead opening up my mind creatively.

Am I happy with this skill set and has it helped me get on in life?

I wouldn’t say I was satisfied with my current skill-set, I would like to further develop several of these skills. They have however helped me get along in life greatly. The starting of self employment I can attribute to these skills and the joint pursuit of several of them has made me good friends. I feel that if I was not compelled to follow these skills and develop them I would of fallen by the way-side after leaving school and found it difficult to reground myself.

That’s unusual!

Wow, Karl, that is really an unusual way of learning! At this point I think we need more information about you to match your learning style, your skill sets and what you do and turn it around in our heads. Based on this mission you seem to be sometimes a  computer game designer, sometimes an e-commerce entrepreneur… maybe play Share your Ryde?

Freedom of process

Self driven and independent individuals, requires freedom of process to carry out the objectives. The self learning mode seems really suit you. It is unfortunate that your arts training did not bring you more fullfilment, but this confirms probably without doubt that you’re not really cut out ​​for more traditional learning.

What would be the motivating factor for you? Self-discipline, passion, curiosity, or some other factor?

Thanks for the interest!


I would say that curiosity has probably been my drive. From watching my young brothers go through the process of school their curiosity seems to be quashed somewhat. On the flip-side, I think it’s much easier to develop some focus via traditional education for people inclined towards specialism.


I would say that is fair, my brother and I set up a Indie games company about a year ago, our first game to be released in Aug (Hopefully), also set up a e-commerce business a couple of years back printing clothing and a few other design products. I overlook the creative side of things on both of the set-ups, but am mainly hands-off with the e-commerce now, my income from that being in large from commision per product sold.

As a recent development, i’ve been involved with the setting of up of an art school/artist studios that address some of the problems I feel the art education system has and have been offered a job as the business developer.