If you saw my last ‘Confessions of an illustrator,’ post you might’ve seen I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. I’m doing lots of things to try and get me out of it: we went away for a few days, I’ve been training for my half marathon and I’m going to Renegade at the weekend to see lots of inspiring art and illustration. I’ve also been working on some personal work. I created this summery pattern inspired by two of my friends Scarlett & Connie. I planned on having it printed onto fabric to create some illustrated products but unfortunately the place I found in London is stopping fabric printing so I need to do some more research. Does anyone know of a British company I could use? It seems pretty hard to come by and it’s put a hold on my illustrated dress idea too.
It’s been fun to do some drawing just for fun again. Some how, some where, in between working on commissions and getting wrapped up in creating artwork for briefs my love for making personal illustration work has lost it’s shine a little. I love drawing and I can’t help but think about the advice we were given at uni ‘Draw, draw, DRAW.’ It feels like I’ve almost stopped drawing. To put a complete contradiction in there of course I do still draw. I draw what I’m told (to a degree) or I’m working within a guideline or under direction. I really enjoy and love working in this way but occasionally I realise it’s been a while since I’ve drawn anything for fun and then it becomes more of a job and less of a desire which is hard when creativity is involved. Does this make any sense and does anyone else feel like this?
I think the bottom line is drawing is a great love of mine. I’ve probably quoted this before somewhere on the blog but as Julia Childs said ‘Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.’ When it comes down to love and passion you can fall hard and then after time you have to work on it to keep the passion alive. That’s how I feel about illustration. I’ll never be without it because it makes me happy but it can be frustrating and it can be work to keep the passion alive. Is that a really bad thing?…I don’t know… but that’s just the way it is for me.
Over time I’ve been given and read some great advice that inspires me to keep going, I thought I’d jot it down here as a reminder, you mind find it inspiring too.
‘Draw what turns you on.‘ I was given this advice by Chris Wormell a fellow Artworks artist after talking to him about his career whilst getting the train back from an Artworks party. He probably has no idea how much of an impact that little chat had on me and how inspiring it was to hear about his work (that he’s been doing since the 80’s.) I guess that’s his secret to longevity in the illustration industry and I hope he doesn’t mind me sharing it ;)
‘Do one thing well it’s enough.’ I first saw this quote by Marion Deuchars as a poster on the way to the Quentin Blake exhibition at the House of Illustration. I think it’s a good reminder not to try and do too many things at once and to focus your energy on strengthening one thing. It’s also affirming because: it is enough. Sometimes it doesn’t always feel this way.
‘When most I wink then do mine eyes best see.’ I’ve loved this quote for many years and after just googling it now re-discovered it’s part of one of Shakespeare’s sonnets. To me this quote sums it up, that dreaming is the best way to see.
It’s been really nice to have this blog as an outlet for my ramblings and I hope my thoughts don’t seem too negative sometimes. It’s good for me to write about the roller coaster of being a freelance illustrator and just putting my thoughts to ‘paper’ helps me to gain a bit more perspective. If you read this long post thank you, it means a lot to me.
I hope you have a happy weekend whatever you’re doing :)