26 August 2011

[art] To Cross The Gap, One Must Build One's Own Bridge

This is part of the advice I don't usually follow. It makes so damn much sense though, of course.

Pete Michaud shares a clip of Ira Glass talking to television creatives about how they need to stick to it and provides a bit of insight. A pulled quote that stood out to me is this:
Everybody goes through that. For you to go through it—if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase, or if you’re just starting off and you’re entering into that phase—you’ve got to know that’s totally normal. The most important possible thing you could do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline, so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one story. Whatever it’s going to be…
All of us who aspire to the title of artist know this intuitively. Some of us follow it better than others. The logic that just working makes such fundamental sense, though. The logic is sound. You know your tools by using them. You know your capabilities by using them, too; you evolve your capabilities by practice.

As the old joke goes, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice!" There's a truth there.

I can draw. I am afraid of messing up. I, like many aspiring artists, won't be happy if I can't come out with what I want to have on the first go. It's a tough obstacle to get round.

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