I love the way that making good art is so restorative.
Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.
Make good art.
I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.
Make it on the good days too.
Some of the things I am working on right now?
An aquarium adventure story with Author, Terri Chu
A promotional postcard to send to publishers and agents
And a top secret project with my new friends at Old Mate Media!
And as always, I am working on finding my heroes and looking for inspiration from every corner of the internet! Just one of the new heroes I have come to adore and admire is Illustrator, Kelly Light, who does the art for the Louise series
I recently watched a great interview video featuring her work where two things she said really stuck with me…. Do the work (in that you can’t just expect that everything you draw is going to look right right away, you need to experiment and redraw every character, and all their physical attributes a half a million times before you can expect know their lines off by heart and be consistent with their character across all the pages of a full storybook. The other thing she said was with reference to a question asked about working with publishers and getting to work on some AMAZING projects; whenever an art director asked if she could draw something, she would always say YUP, I CAN DRAW that, and even if she couldn’t at the time, she would put in the work to train herself to draw what was asked.
Upcoming I intend to join SCBWI and to send out a promotional postcard to agents and children’s book and magazine publishers! Wish me luck.