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,
Gee whiz, thank you so much for all of your kind words. It really is something special to go out of your way to let someone know how much you like their stuff, thank you for that, it really does encourage me.
Good luck with your artist block. If I could recommend anything, it would be not to be too hard on yourself, and allow yourself to make a few bad things before something you like comes out. Often pressure is what keeps us from making. I have a little sign up in my studio that says:
Let go of outcomes.
Let go of failures.
Let go of imperfections.
So just make! And have fun, and enjoy all that making has to offer you. Thanks again and all the best,
Thank you so much for getting in touch. You know what, there really is a difference between the super expensive watercolors and the cheap ones, but not much difference between the less expensive brands. The prang kit I have is a professionals prang kit, so they’re a little better than the supplies kids use, but not quite at the level of professional watercolors. I’ve been thinking lately I probably should switch over, but at the same time, I’ve come up with all sorts of other tricks to bring out the color in the way I want, such as the addition of markers or acrylics.
I don’t know if I’m doing any of this the right way, but I hope that answers your question!