Hey everyone! I'm hoping I can get some help in this. I am, and always have been primarily an illustrator. I would go so far as to say I'm good at it. I am also interested in design, but I find in comparison to my illustrations my designs tend to be drab, 'safe' and unappealing. I would be ashamed actually to show some of my older design works in my portfolio now. Why is this? I really, really want to improve my design skills and am always researching, looking for inspiration etc. But put me down in front of a computer and I go for the same safe boring approach. (I've seen some folks make fantastic illustration/design combos which literally make my mouth water but I've never been able to pull it off myself...) I don't -want- to be this way. I'm a high competitive person and have always prided myself on my art. I want to be the best and I'm willing to work towards it. But, how do I do this? How do I break through this mental barrier I seem to have made for myself? How do I go from just okay design to WOW design? Feedback greatly appreciated.