Shucks! Thank you! Each piece does take a pretty exasperating amount of time, anywhere from 40-120 hours, easy. I find it’s helpful to have two or three pieces going at once, so if I’m having a mind melt on one piece, I have something to transfer over to. It’s also good to have an overlap between starting and finishing pieces as to always be in multiple mindsets. Another thing to keep in mind is that creativity doesn’t happen all at once; sometimes I start a piece, and need to look at it for a few days or weeks until it solves itself. Keep coming back to an idea, but give it time and space to evolve. Lastly, finish it. It’s the hardest part, when you already know what needs to go there, but then actually have to put it down. Coming up with ideas and spending time thinking is important, but it is equally important to do, and have something concrete out there that people can reflect on themselves. Finishing the work gives it permission to go live a life of its own. Then you can move on to other things.
Thank you again for all your kindness, I hope you continue to make and find yourself through it all. Be patient, learning takes time.
Thanks for saying hi and for being so gosh darn sweet. I did study art, I went to a liberal arts school for illustration, but I think the biggest thing that has lead to the work I’m making now is just consistent drawing every day. I think what art school, or even architectural school teaches you is how to see, what good design is, and how you function best as a maker (self scheduling, working under pressure, etc.) The rest is just practice. My illustration prof used to say “you should always learn more in making the piece than you were able to accomplish.” Which means your usually unsatisfied, because you figured something out in the middle of the previous piece, but it will help make the next piece that much better. We as makers make because we need to make, not because we are trying to actualize. So I guess what I’d hope, is that you can take all of that architectural training and with practice, figure out how to translate it over to drawing. I think you can! Don’t give up, progress is hard and takes time!
Good luck with everything! Thanks again,