How long did it take you to learn the “Happy Birthday” song?
…and how long would it take you to learn to sing a pitch-perfect, note-for-note, Broadway power ballad?
Because style takes time.
…and how many wrong notes would you produce in private before you gained the confidence to perform live?
Process and performance are different things.
Let’s pretend you have some real potential. Would you start chain smoking and take a day job in a coal mine to pay the bills?
Of course not.
You gotta take care of your moneymaker.
And when you’re a big hit on Broadway with crossover success in movies and pop music…
…did you make it without a mentor?
A good mentor is essential.
We can easily see the absurdity in the image of an aspiring Broadway star who expects instant results, performs without practice, neglects their throat and lungs and thinks they’ll somehow succeed without expert perspectives.
But it’s a lot harder to see – in ourselves – the illustrator who expects instant results, publishes without practice, neglects their body and brain and thinks they’ll somehow succeed without expert perspectives.
Today, Lauren Panepinto (Creative Director for the Sci-Fi/ Fantasy publisher Orbit Books) and Marc Scheff (Games-Illustrator-turned-Fine-Artist) join me to share 4 Keys To A Long And Healthy Illustration Career…