Thursday, November 21, 2013

Artists Should Always Have A Personal Project

I've wanted to make this video for a while - the idea of having a personal project in the works at all times during an artist's career. Personal projects require a different kind of thinking than satisfying an assigment or commission. In the video I make a few cases why you should push yourself to create your own creations and how to go about it.


  1. Good Video!
    My main...Problem? Is that, well, I never had to do an art assignment unless in a short art class when I was little counts and it was more like crafting than drawing.
    I'm pretty much "self taught" in drawing so I haven't really had that pressure much.

    When I try and do a project, I can't seem to finish it (Or even truly start!), and I think WAY to big! I start small then I get ideas and ideas and ideas, to the point I can't do anything because I just killed my own motivation with all these things to do!

    How can I keep it small so I don't kill myself over it before I even start?

  2. I have yet to watch this one, but I've recently purchased your illustration series. I earned a BFA in Drawing & Painting about 15 years ago but have been up to my ears in being a mom since then. Now, I'm at a point where I can actually pursue a career as an illustrator (God-willing) and your videos have answered most all of the questions I've had. I thank you because going back to college for illustration is not a possibility at this point and I don't see it as a good use of my time and money. I already know what I'm missing, where I fall short, and what I need to work on.

    Anyway, I thought I'd let you know that I gave you a shout-out on my blog and linked to your sites (see my blog post at ). I'd love to include a sample of one of your illustrations, but thought I'd ask your permission first. Thanks for your willingness to share your knowledge and experience...

    1. Hi Diane, thank you! - feel free to use any images you want to share on your blog! :) I think you're in the same spot that many people find themselves in and that's exactly what got me going on making videos.


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