I’m often wrestling with what this blog is meant to be, I’ve been blogging shit since high school, it started off as teenage rambling, then teenage rambling plus art, then just art, and now this.
I found during the ‘professional’ phase of ONLY posting art stuff and cutting out this interior dialogue bullshit, that there wasn’t much left. I don’t put in the effort to create a process blog because I am always in such a hurry to finish work that documentation becomes a hinderance. Also I’m not allowed to show any of the work I do until it’s released, which is a couple of months to a year down the line usually.
So with that in mind, what goes here then? I guess the answer to that is still process, but not just an art process in the sense of instagram shots of half finished works with 2B pencils laid over them (there are those too), but the mental or emotional processes that go into doing this as well.
As an illustrator or artist you are a thousand times more productive alone and not talking to people, so you spend a lot of time in your own head, you constantly question your life direction (because everyone tells you to get a real job), and you’re constantly thinking of influences and ideas. Usually after people ask me ‘how’ I do this, then they ask me ‘why’, and that’s not as easy as rattling off a list of techniques and programs, getting out of bed requires a lot more than that sometimes, and the answers change all the time.
For all I know, oversharing could become a liability for me in time when clients stumble upon this and see how much of a wreck I can be, but while my number of followers is meagre, and while I’m young and naive enough to do so, I’ll put this stuff up here, so people know what it’s like to do this.
Eventually, I’ll have a Social Media Marketing Assistant making these posts because I’ll be too busy catching cabs to meetings and having karaoke sessions with Will I Am, and then all these posts will be about airports, group exhibitions I may or may not be in, book signings, visits to publisher’s offices, fancy cocktails I drank in expensive restaurants, and all that other shit.
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- lizzienagydraws said: Keep testing and evaluating yourself, use the blog to keep only information that is useful, and test and evaluate its usefulness. It will be a shitboring read but being more rigorous about your documentation might help you stop thinking in circles.
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