“Don’t worry about a style. It will creep up on you and eventually you will have to undo it in order to go further. Be like a river and accept everything.”—A wonderful article: Gary Panter’s Drawing Tips (via the Drawn blog). Definitely worth a read for artists!
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”—― Chuck Close (via maisonimmonen)
“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”—The above quote is by Edison, but Disney Feature Story Supervisor Paul Briggs is dropping some major knowledge over at his blog (in addition to great drawings) about making it in the entertainment industry! Check out the full post on his experience here. The part I particularly identified with: “The true answer to your question, sadly, is I’ve never been happy or satisfied with my work. I’ve always been confident but never satisfied. I’m passionate and love it and have a strong desire to improve and grow everyday. I’m an ARTIST which means I’m an emotional beast.” This really hits home for me. The high of a job well done is always much more brief than the overall feeling of inadequacy… but the really successful artists that I have known have figured out how the channel that feeling of inadequacy into the drive to do better. Art is struggle, and it should always be a struggle… otherwise you’re not learning. So draw everyday! Fight the good fight! Just keep swimming!