Nicely done! I really enjoy this series of yours.
you. are. endlessly. awesome.
Another great one. I wonder if there’s a similar parallel between learning a SECOND language and becoming an artist. Like, if you try to learn a second language as an adult (or even an older child) your native language kind of gets in the way. You’re so used to the specific sounds of your own language that it’s hard to change your way of thinking to learn the new language. I think as artists a similar dangers exists of getting into an artistic rut. Instead of trying new things, we use the same tried and true techniques that always work for us; so we stop growing and improving. Hmm…
Great observations Robin– most of my insights into learning have come from trying to learn a second language– I definitely think there’s a parallel!
Love this insight too.
I love the plunging musician. And the hand holding the compass is really nicely done. All those years of pounding comics from the library were really worthwhile studying, huh? Just developing your compass… )
These are awesome. Looking forward to seeing them all as a collection!!! Keep ‘em coming
Thanks for this perspective.
Wow, this series actually made me tear up a bit… It’s exactly what I needed to know right now. You’ve done a fantastic job of conveying the importance of persistence and self forgiveness. This should be required reading material for every art student.
Wow, thanks Kacey– it’s cool to know there are other creatives out there who feel like I do about these things.
I just found out about this series from tumblr and I am so glad I did. It has told me a lot of things I needed to hear. I have been pretty discouraged lately in starting illustration projects because the inner critic in my head is telling me I suck. Glad to read a comic that tell me how to deal with it. Thanks for making such fantastic comics!
You’re welcome! Thanks for coming over from tumblr!
I love your series. It teaches me lots of important lesson. Thank you
Awesome! You’re welcome!
Truly, I think you were meant for this. I’ve read your comics over and over, and no matter how many times I read them they still inspire me. You’re doing a great think, Stephen, and I hope you’ll continue indefinitely.
That’s my sincerest wish. =)
I’ll keep going for as long as I can! Thank you!
This is so great. Beautifully made with intellectual insight. I don’t know who said it first and it applies to all form of arts but taste is very important. “You can’t write better then you read”
i understand this one i like art and writing but i cnt find away to get it out
i understand ths one complety
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You are good. Like, so good! At being boring #suckit
Thanks for reading it even though you find it boring! I hope you have a good day.
how beautiful is the process, and how hard is to explain it to who doesn’t follow a creative way. seen from the outside, it can seems just entertainment, but it’s studying. and you described it perfectly.
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