Posting a new art piece today and I was able to get up early and work this morning while listening to my favorite podcast 'Chris Oatley's Artcast'. I derive so much encouragement and good advice from Chris and I highly recommend anyone in visual arts should give it a listen, especially if you are into the 'bootstrappy' start-up kind of 'do-your-own-thing' kind of new approach to success in art or illustration. Jump over to Chris's site and take a look (or a listen). He also has a mentorship/online art academy that is above and beyond awesome. I hope to take a class from him someday in the future but as I understand, he has to 'audition' students and take only a handful at a time from a giant list of artists who are lined up to get his special brand of education. For now I will just have to soak up everything he says in his excellent podcasts. Today's Artcast is called..."Why Your Concept Art Portfolio Is Being Ignored (Part 3)"
The gist of this series has been basically that a lot of illustrators and concept artists out there are lacking in the fundamentals. I can certainly say that I need more work in many areas. The good news is that I have come a long way since college but the bad news is that I'm still not good enough. For a long time I let my issues totally scare me away from even working on getting better. I finally realized this is ridiculous. As the guys on today's artcast speak about, nobody ever 'arrives'... every artist is always learning and getting better, even those people that I look at who seem to be so good it makes me feel like quitting. It seems like it would take me a million years to get as good as them but in reality I will never even get close if I don't start the process now. Maybe I will never be that good but I can still beat my own stuff from last year.
Anyway, so I enjoyed spending this morning listening to these awesome teachers share their wisdom while I painted a dancing kangaroo. Any chance I get to do art and learn more about art at the same time is a great day in my book. Thanks for reading!
Stay tuned for more art later,
Thanks for stopping by. I'm a published illustrator working on getting better every day. My goal for my work is for it to be charming, bright and endearing. I share my ongoing work progress online because I welcome all the encouragement and feedback I can get as I try to improve my skills. I currently have a children's book project that I am nearing the end of.