I’ve been struggling to get things done the past little bit and I realized it was because I was being a jerk to any and all ideas that were coming to me. Nothing was good enough and if I even tried to execute any of them I was impatient and bullying. Then they stopped coming. No wonder.
Here is a set of rules/reminders about ideas that I made in order to remind me how lucky I am that I get any ideas at all:
1. You work for your ideas. Your ideas do not work for you.
2. You do not have to do them all, but you do have to be kind to them and grateful that they came.
3. Be curious.
4. It’s okay to play, be pointless, and aimless.
5. It’s okay to be invisible in your work. In fact, it’s recommended.
6. How things work changes all the time.
7. You have enough time.
This week I am so thankful for so many things–especially the ideas that come to me.
I am proud to announce that I have a One Page Story in the current issue of Ink Brick! I already wrote up a raving review of the first issue, but I think (my story aside) this issue is even better than the first. So many good pieces! In FULL color! Hooray for PRINT!
Thank you to the editors for having me!
AT LAST! The GIANT job I was working on last fall and at the beginning of this year is OUT: 52 New Foods Challenge by Jennifer Tyler Lee. Over 120 illustrations by me!
The title of this book should be the title of the job–it was a CHALLENGE and it taught me SO MUCH. I feel truly that it BROKE ME IN as a professional illustrator. I’d done books before, but never at this volume and it gave me lessons in literally every aspect of the job of illustrating, which is so much MORE than just drawing. I am proud with how the drawings turned out. The book itself is FABULOUS. I am looking forward to working with the recipes with my family. Go check it out!
A recent book portrait commission I made for a birthday present. It was a tough one, but I like how it came out. Every time I do illustration I listen to recorded short stories or podcasts. There must be some neurological explanation for this, but after I am done with the illustration I can hear clearly the stories when I look at the specific lines I was drawing at the time–it’s like those stories are imbedded in the ink and gesture. In this drawing I hear John Muir’s words on the Yosemite Valley.
Just in time for her 82nd Birthday today- What Sylvia Plath Taught Me is now a beautiful archival print! You’ve enjoyed the illustration all over Pintrest! How about pinning it to your ACTUAL wall in your very own home? Perhaps above your desk for those early morning hours at the journal?