Do you ever look through old sketchbooks and remember who you were, who you are?
I've spent the last week scanning sketchbooks from when I was in college and looking through them is like retracing my steps. Wandering through these books is like wandering through the woods of my own psyche, finding artifacts of my existence all along the way. Read More
Sometimes when I’m asked what I do for a living and I say I’m an illustrator, I get some confused looks from folks who aren’t sure what that means.
“Oh, like children’s books?” is the inevitable followup question, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it also tells me that there may not be enough awareness surrounding the industry and just how much Illustrators can do for work. Read More
We have surely all experienced lulls in motivation. If you’re an artist, maybe you’ve had spans of time where you just couldn’t bring yourself to get into the studio. I’ve been hearing the question a lot lately in creative circles, “how to you stay motivated to make art?”
It was Chuck Close that said “inspiration is for amateurs.” And lots of professional artists I’ve heard answer this question reply with what amounts to the same thing. The art is the motivation. Art gives them life. It drives them. Sometimes, art keeps us going when all else fails. Read More
Imagine me circa 2005, sitting hunched over a desktop computer eating cocoa puffs out of the box and working endlessly to craft the perfect layouts for Xanga. Do you remember Xanga? That post-LiveJournal, pre-MySpace era website where you could make your own custom blog to house all of your angsty rants and even set music to them? Read More