I’ll write something cleverer here when it is tomorrow and not after midnight. I love you. Be drinkable.
Two of them today! Readers ahead of the curve may by now have become suspicious that I am yoinking these from somewhere; and that is true: if you’re already a reader of drawn.ca you’ll have seen these before. Whoever thought it would be a fantastic idea to put Kool Keith and Tom Waits on a musical track together, at the same time? A gold star for that person.
I’d kind of like to make a regular thing of this and I’ll try to broaden my search pattern with respect to cartooning and animation blogs; but friends, by all means, if you’ve seen a neat cartoon, drop me a line so that we can share it with the whole class.
I sometimes find that when I am drawing, there’s a sneaky, subtle temptation to imitate. Especially when I’m able to identify a certain style or mannerism that’s very popular with those circles I’m used to moving in – there’s the thought, “oh, well, this is what people like, and so it must be good, and if I want to be successful, I need to teach myself to draw like that.”
And it’s very persistent, and sometimes it wins over, and there is of course the bewildered disappointment when my attempts to pander don’t net me the success they have for others.
It takes a certain special kind of mental discipline to have enough faith in yourself to be willing to sing with your own voice. People are drawn to novelty, and if you are willing to be different simply by being yourself, rather than by some forced effort to stand apart from the crowd, that kind of distinctiveness has a very appealing resonance.
One of my guiding principles for about the last half of the decade has been: do the work that you want to do, and do it as best you can, and your audience will find you. It’s not a lesson that sticks, though. I have to keep learning it over and over.
We’re in the process of having merchandise made up in advance of Further Confusion, where you’ll be able to find us in the dealers room; these are a few of the items that will be available.
If you’re not going to FC, though, or if you’d like to get someone something shiny for the holiday gift-giving season, I’m making this stuff available for purchase online right now, so that I can kick the tires on this storefront application.