Above is the second sketch from last week that I worked up as a digital painting. I am toying with the idea of making my outlines smaller. I am enjoying experimenting with more texture in the painting process. I have had a good week this week as far as getting to think about my creative projects a bit more and also getting some encouragement for continuing on.
Tonight I watched two short videos called 'The Long Game' by Adam Westbrook, that were very encouraging to me. I have been feeling a lot of fear and regret lately about my age and the amount of years that I have not been working hard toward a real goal with my skills. This 2 part video really alleviated some of those feelings... It's all about how the greatest achievers in history normally went most of their lives without much success.
My favorite part was a quote that Westbrook displayed in the video that a man named Robert Greene had written all about these dry times of these great men and women who spent years working without great progress, he called them 'The Difficult Years'-
"A largely self-directed apprenticeship that lasts some five to ten years and receives little attention because it does not contain stories of great achievement or discovery"
When I read this quote, I was very excited. A "Self-directed Apprenticeship" Is there such a thing? If there is, then I am in one. Ha. My mission over the last year or two which began in a fit of ambition and creativity and has become more focused and intentional over time can be described as nothing else! In fact this blog is a sort of record of this apprenticeship. This is my progress report.
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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.