Clearly this isn't really a new image for today but just yesterday's drawing finished up. As time goes on I am getting less fussed about the rules, as long as I am drawing every day.
"On getting yourself to the studio: Create a personal challenge or daily/weekly project. Do you respond well to parameters and structure? Do you enjoy a personal challenge? Start a “drawing a day” project or “a new medium a week” — or something unique that gets you making new work on a regular basis. Collection a Day 2010, 365 Days of Hand Lettering, and The Reconstructionists are all personal projects that have forced me to create on a regularly. And while none of them paid initially, they all led to more work in the end and in a couple of cases, book deals. The key for me was not just doing the daily practice, but sharing it publicly on the internet. That held me accountable and increased my visibility as an artist (which leads to more work)."
Creating regularly is the absolute key. Last week I was disappearing into a vortex of web redesign and at the end of the week I felt sad and uninspired again. I know now to make more time for drawing, no matter what, even if I don't get an entire illustration finished, even it's just 30 minutes a day. Even if it's on a napkin in a coffee shop. Sometimes those are the best.
Welcome to my entirely brand spanking new blog.
I have a brand new host and brand new publishing software... it's very exciting.
What can you expect? Expect glitches, broken bits, expect odd bits of things doing odd things that they really shouldn't be doing... but also expect delightful bits of craziness, folders within folders within folders, pages leading nowhere but in an interesting, meandering, serendipitous kind of way - expect to see me put the 'og' back in 'blogging'...what that is exactly, is completely open to interpretation. Expect a little bit more 1999 in my blogging.
So - without further ado - I'm posting a video. Have a look at this inspiring film about Oliver Jeffers and his process. I'm going to see Oliver Jeffers talk over breakfast in Vancouver in February so I'm happy to see that he is a) very handsome and b) very talented, experimental and entertaining. Enjoy. And see you soon with some more drawing.