your drawings are amazing. I'm absolutely in love with Red Hook, NY. and every single portrait.
Thank you! I am in love with Red Hook, too. It’s so great to be able to live in NYC but still live in a place that a 10 minute walk will take you to the water where there are surprisingly few other people. I drew the tugboat on one of those walks.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—Ira Glass (via siximpossiblethingsforbreakfast)
First, your work is amazing and very inspiring.
Second, a question, have you been creating art your whole life? Or was it something you learned to get better at?
My goodness! Two messages in a day! I hardly know what to think except feel ridiculously flattered.
I have been creating art my whole life, yes. But I wouldn’t say I was any good at it for most of that time. Seriously. I pretty much just drew horses and Ninja Turtles and dragons for… um… years? An embarrassingly long amount of time.
Mostly, I was just determined and spent every spare moment I could practicing (once I decided it was something I wanted to do). It is something you get better at! No doubt it is hard work. But you can improve! No matter where you start.