Over anything. For real. Stop. You can’t live like that. I mean, feel bad if you do a shitty thing. Temporarily, though. Not for a year, three years, five years, ten years. Don’t revisit your worst shit daily, as a ritual. Don’t walk around saying “I am a terrible person” to yourself as a mantra. Or at least, catch yourself when you do. This shit gets ingrained. It makes you into a closed-off person whose feelings come out in weird bursts because you’re not in touch with them so much of the time. This post. This post is a good example of the kind of weird out of the blue shit you will come up with after not sharing your feelings with most people for months on end and telling yourself you are in the way and terrible.
I’m looking for my first studio space and it’s pretty overwhelming. So I decided to do what I do best, which is talk to people and ask them a lot of questions. Today I visited the Greenpoint, Brooklyn studio of illustrator Nick Iluzada, whose name I will link repeatedly.
Nick’s work is bright and cheerful with a whole lot of movement. Sort of like him, basically. He’s done editorial work for like The New York Times and The Atlantic, releases his own prints and zines, and does lots of collaborative projects too. He is in my 2013 weekly planner! He is a nice guy! He has a tumblr!
As a freelancer, he needs to keep busy and focused, but he seems pretty good at both of those things. His shared studio space is full of physical resources (all the paper! risograph printer! a million comics!) as well as people resources (I met cartoonist & illustrator Nick Sumida too!) and tons of good stuff to look at.
I guess a good way to develop your work and explore new ideas is to work with other people, in a space that allows for experimentation, that isn’t just your bedroom. If anyone else around NYC has a cool studio space to check out, let me know!
got my package today from adam! “some day my prints will come ” + “most of my dumb problems are about boys & snacks & the internet, but likes & favorites are insignificant when you stop and realize there are just so many people around the world literally starving for attention ”
thank you rainbro <3
didn’t win a t-shirt yesterday? that’s ok neither did i. both of these are still available here and you should totally buy one and help support some upcoming projects! everything comes with tiny surprises, always.
Anonymous asked: I want to *do* things to your jawline/ass.
That’s a tough one!
Creative process is different for everyone, and there are lots of ways to approach new ideas. Some people are much more research based, and curate inspiration boards or folders. I do a bit of that, but honestly, I do use this tumblr to save things that I find inspiring and then come back to them later… I’m pretty good about tagging posts.
I’m awful with notebooks but getting better, jotting down ideas and sketches for future work. Secret keeping is tough but I realize that some ideas deserve time to grow and then be presented in their best iteration, at their best time. The truth is I always have about fifteen ideas bouncing around and I keep a lot of post-its on my computer screen.
My advice would just be to keep doing your best in the way that works best for you. Don’t get too bogged down with what other people are doing or how they work because you are your own person. :)
OK HERE GOES NOTHING/SOMETHING: Congratulations to: theheroappears! You win your choice of t-shirt, as well as a balloon package and an assortment of small surprises!
I’ve also chosen three runners-up. You will receive your choice of 1 item from the ADAMJK INTERNET GIFT SHOP! Go for balloons, opt for postcards, and remember, I reserve the right to give you as much extra stuff as I see fit. :)