Daily Practice is essential to growth. I listened to Blender Guru’s famous talk on the Seven habits of highly effective artists and wanted to give it’s principles a shot. I’ve started an instgram feed of daily sketches called i.ameveryday people. Go see what I’m sketching.
I’ve neglected this site. One of my goals this year is to spend more time making art and sharing it with people. I’m excited to see myself move forward and I know sharing work will be a major part of that.
Update: Moving towards this goal, I started a sketchblog on instagram in January, and in June I’ll be taking a design class at local artschool, Talent tree.
In art, finding your voice matters. It’s long hard work, and their are no guarantees.
This article by illustrator John Hendrix is the most important guidance I think I’ve ever had on the topic. It’s kind of like a mantra now, I refer to it whenever I can.
“The people who make the movies are scared of silence” he said, “so they want to paper and plaster it over,” he said…What really matters is the underlying emotions–that you never let go of those.
Reading the Words of Miyazaki is always inspiring and revealing. His ways of filling the screen with such lush visual variety yet giving his characters so many quiet moments are astounding. Robert Ebert comments on these moments in his review of Spirited Away. It’s a great read.
Update: I need to add this amazing video tribute to Miazaki and his films: