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Finding Inspiration In a Webcomic ~ a short review

Greetings fellow artists, art lovers, art critics, and random strangers who have stumbled across my little sliver of space on the internet.

I’m afraid I didn’t really have a lot of time or brain power to pour into a long, thought-provoking post this week. So instead, I thought I’d write up a review and hopefully convince you to read something that someone else wrote.

You see, I recently sort of accidentally stumbled across the world of webcomics again.

I’ve mostly tried to avoid webcomics throughout my life. I don’t know, they just never really caught my interest. Whether it’s an unprofessional looking art style, or confusing world building, or boring characters, there’s always something that turns me off. And then on top of that, I just don’t really like reading off the web.

BUT

I recently found one that I actually like. And it’s non-fiction.

The Art of Being an Artist, by Stephen McCranie

A series of comic essays about sustainable creativity by the creator of Space Boy. What the how-to books DON’T tell you about mastering your artistic craft!

One thing I really liked about this book is that, even though I’m not completely sure whether the author is a Believer or not, it seemed grounded in good principles and truths that I believe in.

Beauty. Hard work. Humility.

YES.

I was also really thrilled that he talks about some of the exact things that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently! Things like, valuing the process over the product, and setting goals in order to be successful in life, and knowing and appreciating your lineage/history.

Anyway, I found that to be really encouraging, and that might be a major reason for why I ended up liking this webcomic so much. Those books that speak to exactly what I’ve been mulling over just feel like a hug from a stranger, and they always make me so happy. 😊

Although the author mostly uses visual art as an example, he gives a lot of practical advice that I think can apply to any area of life. He talks a bit about time management, and cutting out distractions, making plans and beating procrastination, and yeah…. I’ll just let you read it.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. I hope I’m not making it out to be The Greatest Thing Everβ„’, and then you’ll be disappointed if you go read it. A lot of it was actually really basic, and not extremely life changing*. But I just needed to hear those basic things again. Aaand I’ll probably go back and read it again, just for the reminders… because I’m forgetful like that.

|*But now that I’m thinking about it… maybe those “basic” things, the small things that you already know in the back of your mind, the simple principles that are grounded in truth… maybe those are the life changing things, if you can implement them… Hmm… food for thought.|

So, yeah. I liked it. I liked the art. I laughed out loud several times. And if there was a hardcopy available, I would probably buy it so that I wouldn’t have to read it off the web. πŸ˜›

If you decide to read it, let me know in the comments what you think. I hope you’re inspired, and that many good thoughts are provoked.

Until next time, stay lionhearted.
~Chalice

P.S. Did y’all do your homework?

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15 Replies to “Finding Inspiration In a Webcomic ~ a short review”

  1. Great review, Chalice. The book sounds really interesting. Your post was also encouraging! ❀ I can relate to trying to love the process rather than the product. πŸ˜›

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    1. Thank you, Kyndal! 😁 And yes, you should definitely check it out. It’s super encouraging and inspiring!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! And yeah, the process is really what it’s all about. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›

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  2. I’m on Chapter 4 and I love it already! I haven’t read very far, but yeah I kind of want a hardcover too. πŸ˜„ I am just finding it very relatable and encouraging…there were some parts that were almost making me cry because I am feeling very burnt out creatively, but the book is so uplifting and kind somehow, and it came at the right time.
    I just love the art style, too, and the simple colors of pink and blue. It’s so calming. 😊
    I am so glad you found this, Chalice, and that it encouraged you and then you chose to pass it on! So, thank you and I love it! ❀️

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    1. YAY!!! I’m so glad!! And that’s exactly how I felt when I was reading it. It’s just so good. 😊
      I’m sorry you’ve been feeling burnt out lately. Just remember it’s okay to take a break, get some rest, and just drink in some good things and refill your creativity/inspiration tank. πŸ˜‰ You got this, friend. πŸ’›

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      1. Aww thank you for the sweet words of encouragement! ❀️
        .
        (Sending this post to my sister who loves to draw! πŸ˜„)

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  3. Lol, I can be forgetful too. I haven’t really read webcomics myself (erm, mostly because I didn’t know they existed until more recently XD.) But I will definitely check this out! I think going back to the basics sometimes can be really helpful. It helped me with my writing, and I’ll bet it helps in other areas too. Thanks for sharing this, Chalice πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh, wonderful!! I really hope you enjoy it! 😁
      And yes, I think going back to the basics, and constantly reminding yourself of those fundamental truths is really important. Which is why I really appreciate the books and stories that work as those reminders. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›

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  4. A good read! Thanks for the recommendation. I think he’s spot-on about parenting yourself well. This can heal wounds when you figure it out. I’m still working on it!

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