I’m a couple months late, but it’s a brand new year. This year I’m resolving to do more of the work that I really, deeply love. More narrative work, more illustration, more lettering, more animal characters, and to delve deeper into developing the human characters I draw and sculpt. I also would love for this blog to be more than a place where I share my own work. To that end, I want to share some of the people, places, and things that have been an inspiration over the years, and who I’m looking to now for motivation to do more/make more in 2016. Here’s a start:
1. The Crossroads of Should and Must, Elle Luna
My wonderful friend Lauren Hanford gave me this book as a birthday gift, and I absolutely inhaled it. It’s full of little tips for unearthing your passions from within the daily pressures that burden us all. It’s also a lovely reminder that whatever stage you’re in on the journey to finding your ‘must’, you have to treat yourself well and relish small joys.
2. Art, Inc., Lisa Congdon
This is a must-read for anyone wondering if they can turn the art they make into a viable career option. It’s full of really excellent advice and tips, punctuated with stories from working artists and illustrators about how they established themselves. I still refer back to it for advice, even after reading it cover to cover.
3. Rebecca Green’s blog
I adore Rebecca Green’s work. She is a massively talented illustrator based in Nashville. Her illustrations have so much energy and texture. Reading her blog is a wonderful window into her creative mind and process, and I’m always amazed by the balance she strikes between narrative work and painterly art. She’s so positive and so driven to push herself in her craft, and I feel a real kinship with her work and outlook. If you’re looking for inspiration to turn a corner in your own work, check out her work and read her words!
Cheers to 2016, guys!