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I was sketching late last night (this morning I guess) and I was struggling to latch on to a concrete image in my head to sketch, anyone who draws often knows what I’m talking about and how frustrating it is. Just when I was about to give up and turn in I heard a loud gross sound which was my dog Bruno snoring like a 300 pound man with a cold. The moral of this story? Draw what you know I guess. It seems like an easy enough concept to remember but Illustrators (if not just me) have a hard time remembering this piece of advice. I’m only 22 years old and I can’t speak on behalf of all Illustrators but I have a sneaking suspicion that a majority can relate to what I’m getting at. I often have a hard time drawing for myself, I like when other people enjoy what I create and I love getting complimented on my work. I draw things that other people will enjoy, sure what I draw stems from things I like myself but that isn’t the mindset I have when I go about creating images that I know people will see. Solution? Drawing things I know, things that are personal to me, things that the rest of the world might not be able to relate to, or might not even enjoy. Client work is one thing, pleasing the client is the goal but that shouldn’t translate into my sketching. I guess this is my New Years resolution. Stop care what people think so much and draw for myself.

I was sketching late last night (this morning I guess) and I was struggling to latch on to a concrete image in my head to sketch, anyone who draws often knows what I’m talking about and how frustrating it is. Just when I was about to give up and turn in I heard a loud gross sound which was my dog Bruno snoring like a 300 pound man with a cold. The moral of this story?

Draw what you know I guess.

It seems like an easy enough concept to remember but Illustrators (if not just me) have a hard time remembering this piece of advice. I’m only 22 years old and I can’t speak on behalf of all Illustrators but I have a sneaking suspicion that a majority can relate to what I’m getting at. I often have a hard time drawing for myself, I like when other people enjoy what I create and I love getting complimented on my work. I draw things that other people will enjoy, sure what I draw stems from things I like myself but that isn’t the mindset I have when I go about creating images that I know people will see. Solution? Drawing things I know, things that are personal to me, things that the rest of the world might not be able to relate to, or might not even enjoy. Client work is one thing, pleasing the client is the goal but that shouldn’t translate into my sketching. I guess this is my New Years resolution. Stop care what people think so much and draw for myself.