Article: “Style Development and You” and my own thoughts.

Style Development and You, via Cberniez’s Tumblr (who is a most excellent 2D artist! Go check out her stuff)

Great write-up reinforcing the inherent truth of the creative process (not just art!) – for every great work from a master, there are hundreds of thousands of “bad” work you never see. Of course it gets very easy to get lulled into the impression that many top artists put out nothing but amazing work, every time – but that’s only due to the selective “posting only the winners, hiding the mountain of attempts in the Crypt of Shame.”

As a result, a tough thing to really force yourself to do, is to do ANYTHING – a poorly done image (or story or song) is better than nothing done at all. Easier said than done, as I myself have a well-developed skill in thinking of chores, tasks, things I’d rather do than face making something shitty. “I should do some art… But the bathroom needs to be cleaned!” It’s clearly a kind of avoidance tactic; after all, very few of us really revel in the feeling of failure. Of course, the resulting guilt of having wormed my way out is one hell of a gargoyle to squat on my shoulders. Especially when I do aspire to achieving this level of legacy, from Despair, Inc.“Hundreds of years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that my ruins become a tourist attraction.” Naturally you cannot PLAN on achieving that, but dodging doing anything that would lead to that, certainly will fail that mad idea.

I’m going to see if I can formulate a structured way to get an image done, every day, and smash through this mental wall of mine. Do note that I said “an image.” There are no subjective qualifiers there – not “good,” not “awesome,” not “funny.” Not even “post-worthy.” As those invariably start inviting self-judgement of whatever I’m thinking of drawing, before I’ve even started. I couldn’t tell you how many times (every time?) I’ve self-edited before pen touched tablet/paper.

To close off this ramble, I’ll call out a notable bit in the posted article above – there is no magic pen, no professional grade paper, no “right software.” Think of those cloying TV commercials featuring a pro athlete hawking a new line of sports shoes. Selling to you that if you buy those shoes, you too can be just as awesome as them. This is the very same logic in action, when many new artists ask exactly what type of marker their favorite artist is using. It’s good to know what are better tools to use, but I’ve had some of my better doodles come from a blue-ink BIC disposable pen on a lined notebook paper. The point I’m making here is that those doodles came freely as I just wasn’t thinking about whether the end result was going to be “good enough to share.”

Keep going, everyone.