The Struggle to Party is Real

Artist’s can’t really afford to be perfectionists. When we only allow ourselves to be perfect, we run the risk of never producing anything at all. This is what I am telling myself.

Photo Jul 13, 3 29 41 PM

I really didn’t want to post the drawing I did for this week’s Illustration Friday theme “Party” (above). I am my mother’s daughter and therefore I am fighting back the urge to tell you every single thing that is wrong with it. I tried to fix some mistakes in a way that only made the situation worse. I thought many times I should scrap it and start over only to hear the baby crying in the other room and realize I really ought to thank my lucky stars I finished anything at all. So here it is, warts and all.

The whole point of this blog is to get me to push through the tough part of being an artist.


Looking for Like-minded People to Conquer the World

Still Life with Olive Oil

Conquering the world one bottle of olive oil at a time…

Okay, not really. I’m looking for illustration and art blogs. This should be easy, right? I have found quite a lot of artists I admire, but none who seem to write about their process. Even if they don’t write about making art, though, I would like to get updates when they post new work, but most don’t seem to have any easy way to follow their blog.

I have found Illustration Age and Painters’ Table but I would like to follow individual artists and designers — to create an online art commune where we can support each other, and maybe even ask each other for feedback.

Am I seeking something that isn’t possible? Should I rely upon those artists I have met through college courses? I’m not sure. But maybe it is time that I try to hook up with illustrators on Twitter. I follow several children’s book illustrators already and they often link to great articles.

Do you have any sites to suggest? Do you yourself have an art blog? Let me know in comments!

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