Posts tagged inspiration.


The Shape of Ideas

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when you feel jealous or bitter over an artist’s achievements, always remember: people only show what they want to show of their art

 you would be surprised how hilariously bad some sketches of even experienced artists can look, and I don’t mean that in an insulting way. Also don’t think of the pics with the ‘man, such a sloppy doodle’ descriptions, I mean the truly horrible scribbles everybody does in their freetime. Even the most experienced artists have sketches that look like they had no orientation of lines in mind, with one arm going over the entire body and the other being half the length, etc, and that’s the COLD HARD AND WONDERFUL TRUTH

 No artist you look at does perfect work all the time, as hard as it is to imagine.
Any artist wants to give off the best impression they can, so frankly the very flawed looking stuff stays on a few papers at home without ever facing the internet or even close friends

 Similarily to how most people won’t go outside in a t-shirt with ten coffee stains and three holes in it, chances are you’ve never seen what /truly/ sloppy and disoriented sketches very good artists are capable of.

 So if something of yours doesn’t look perfect, and you look at people with all these wonderful sketches on the internet, remember; they very likely have those exact moments of doubt as well.

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Here is some pictures that inspire me and keep me focused.

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People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in—told that they are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream and more. Remind each other of this.

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Every time I see someone complaining about being crappy at what they do compared to others (usually drawing or writing) I say something along the lines of “get over it and just keep doing what you do.” And invariably somebody says “well, Ched, it’s not that easy”

The thing is, that’s true. It’s not easy. It’s hard as hell. Just because the answer to your problem is simpledoesn’t mean it’s easy.It just means you have to do that one, difficult thing. Learning to push past your insecurities, especially when it comes to comparing yourself to others, is one of the most difficult things to learn. But it’s vital. I don’t say “get over it” because I’m mad or trying to be rude. I say it because it’s the best advice I have. I learned the hard way, and I’m a better artist for it. And I would have been an even better artist if I’d learned it earlier

If you want to make art (or improve your skills in general) you have to abandon the notion that others are just BETTER and that your talents only exist in relation to theirs. Saying “it’s difficult, I can’t stop comparing myself to others” means you’re more concerned with being better than others than you are with being better than your current self. Only wanting to make art so long as you can maintain the notion that it’s good is no way to improve. You have to embrace the failures and all the crap you’re gonna make before you get to where you really want to be

Discouragement can feel like a bag of bricks on your chest. Is it hard to push the bricks off? You bet. But there’s no other solution than to just do it. Otherwise you’re just gonna lie there, and the bricks are only going to get heavier

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I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.

Roald Dahl   (via fuckinq)

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Anonymous asked: Besides never, when do you sleep?


Actually, I sleep as much as I can! And while I do get my fair share of restless nights and 3am attacks of inspiration that leave my brain spinning like a car careening off the M6 after just being hit by a ten tonne truck, I do get my 8 hours a night as often as I can and I can’t emphasize how important that is and how important it is for people to know that

it is


to sleep

in the creative world there’s this sort of glorification of insomnia and the notion of ‘working all the time’, that an artist has to suffer, that every self respecting cartoonist or animator or painter has to be driven to the point of exhaustion every waking hour in order for them to be allowed to call themselves an artist, that if you are not working you are wasting time and being a self indulgent twat (in a nutshell). I am here to tell you that is not true, and it is not healthy to think that it is true.

I often get people asking me where I get my ideas from, or more often how I get so many ideas and so quickly. I can’t answer that very easily but I know for a fact that the times that I have been stressed and sleepless and a nervous wreck I have not been able to come with good ideas. I have certainly not been able to come up with them quickly.

Ideas need time, your brain needs time, and that time can’t be simultaneously occupied with you worrying about your taxes or whether you ate something this morning or why the cat is on fire. Imagination time is a state of rest, it is a sort of meditation; you need to feel at ease in order to be able to play, because that’s what imagining things is when it gets down to it. Children don’t play when they know there’s a axe-wielding maniac in the room, and they don’t play when they’re cross and tired and angry at the world for being unfair and awake and much too loud. That’s when they cry, and the more people I meet and the more I learn about myself and humans as a whole the more I’ve come to realize that there is no bigger fiction than the concept of ‘being an adult’. Your mind and my mind are just as sensitive, creative and special as they were when we were five years old, we just have a lot more information to deal with, and knowledge to manipulate, and that can be used to our benefit! So long as we don’t keep sending ourselves to sit in detention.

It can be very difficult to find this sort of ‘peace’ to think in, which is why people often have their ideas in the dead of night, or in the shower, or on the bus into work; it is those gaps between the frantic thought that the rest of life demands from us that our minds are allowed to drift, make sparks with synapses that they haven’t used for a long time or smash together two thoughts that they never connected before, but which then go on to make something new. I can’t sit here and tell you to ‘make time to think’, but I can tell you that you shouldn’t think that you should be doing something all the time every second of every day.

Yes, draw every day, that’s great, and doodling is amazing oh my goodness yes doodling is like super fab and covered in glitter, but don’t draw all the time. You have to rest, not just your hand and wrist to avoid physical strain, but you have to rest your mind; it will help you to stay sane and happy, and it will help you to create more and better work than ever before. Working to the point of self destruction is counter productive and dangerous, and I hate the modern myth that surrounds it. It promotes nothing but insecurity about yourself and your work and is a guaranteed one-way ticket to carpel tunnel town and the therapist.

I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, ‘Because of you I didn’t give up.



Favourite animators: Mitsuo Iso (磯光雄) and his work on the End of Evangelion

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my favorite scene in the entire film

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The amount of work put into these Marvel animatics is pretty nuts.



These kinds of ‘boards’ to stage movies are getting more and more popular and can I just

say how frightening that is I mean look at all the work these take??? How fucking GREAT these are??? SERIOUSLY this is what I’m gonna have to compete with????????

holy smokes

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Michał Karcz

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Do you ever feel like you have to wage war against yourself to force yourself to get things done?

This comics essay is part of a book called Brick by Brick, which I am now raising money to self publish on Kickstarter! Please check out the link for more details!

This is a lesson I still need to learn.

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Eloy Morales

I was looking through these thinking “Don’t let them be paintings, don’t let them be pai- FUCK, they’re paintings.”

why do these guys have paint on thei—SHIT


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Breathtaking live performance projection.

Simply incredible!

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