When I was born, I met someone who knew me well. He had me choose my poison, and when I asked what the other bottles contained, he said, “For all intents and purposes, they are the same.” #sketch #wip #ballpoint #death #life
Beautiful Surreal Photography
Self taught Chicago based photographer Kyle Thompson work is mostly composed of surreal and bizarre self portraits, often taking place in empty forests and abandoned homes.
Do you ever feel like you have to wage war against yourself to force yourself to get things done?
This comics essay is part of a book called Brick by Brick, which I am now raising money to self publish on Kickstarter! Please check out the link for more details!
this is truly excellent advice.
i never have to motivate myself to write — the writing is its own reward for me, and if i’m cognitively capable of doing it, it’s all i want to do. but when i have art projects, sometimes i need to coax myself into hooking up the tablet and picking up the pen.
no amount of ‘incentivizing’ ever worked. and of course berating myself for not doing it just made it harder. you know what the magic cookie turned out to be? pulp fiction! classic hard-boiled mysteries on audiobook. ‘night vale’ podcasts. 1940’s detective radio shows. i made listening to quirky, dramatic light fiction an integral part of drawing, and suddenly drawing became easy.
i didn’t think of it as treating myself like a child until now, but this comic is right — that’s what i’m doing, and that’s exactly why it works. just like drinking milk through a curly straw. just like wearing my dad’s trenchcoat while i did my homework, pretending it was a mystery i was solving, drinking my apple juice out of a highball glass and telling my mom “this dame walked into my office with a sob story about fractions” to make her laugh.
after all, no one is an artist for the money. you do it because you love it. because it’s fun! so treating it like an office job and bleeding all the fun out of it is kind of self-defeating, isn’t it?