Probably the most important thing I learned while filling in as an art director:
Seeing how desperate you are as an art director, when you put your trust in an illustrator – has really changed my whole perspective. And also I realized that being on time and doing professional work is 98% of what [being an illustrator] is all about.
And every once in a while you do this one great piece where the stars align and maybe it gets into American Illustration or Society of Illustration or CAA but that’s not what makes your career. I was always trying to shoot for these fantastic super-quirky weird concepts and I didn’t realize that so much of it is being professional – about being somebody that an art director can put their trust in.
This quote has been reblogged from Drawn. It’s from an interview with illustrator Christoph Niemann (Check out his portfolio here). It’s a neat bit of insight, especially for someone like me who aspires to become an illustrator… I guess step one is to stop dreaming and start doing.
Having said that, I think I’ll start working on a comic this weekend. Those of you who read my blog, keep me accountable! If you feel so inclined, send me a message if I don’t post something in a week. It’s time to get to work.
God bless, and good night!