19 October 2012

Word to Live By

After checking out Drawn.ca for my daily inspiration, I saw this excerpt featured. I'm not the most eloquently gifted person, so I don't usually have words of wisdom to recite... but this is fantastic. High five.

I’ve spent my entire career obsessively trying to “learn how to draw” when I should’ve just been drawing. Always thinking “I just need to get a little better… and then I’ll start working on (insert any of a hundred personal projects)”
The fact is that i’ve been good enough since my teens- and would’ve improved so much more rapidly had my study been in the service of any of those projects- and not in the dozens of sketchbooks pilled in my closet.
Lesson: Don’t use “learning” as an excuse to avoid “doing”.
Shane Glines


Aleksandra Chabros (aka Adelaida) said...

Wow, that is a very important thing to know - especially if you're still in those teen years.
I have always thought that way - that as soon as I learn to _____ I will start doing _____. So right now I still have not even started so many of my projects and fabulous ideas.

Thank you for sharing Kelly!

Brad said...

This is nice - learning on the job is the best of both worlds, though there are things in my sketchbooks I'm quite happy aren't published!

Enjoyed your portfolio, great group of books you've done!