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.
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.
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 Ever™, 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. 😛
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.
P.S. Did y’all do your homework?