“No man was ever great by imitation.”- Samuel Johnson
How To Be Original
Investing In Your Style
I recently watched a YouTube video by Andrei Jikh where he explains the best times of the year or week to invest. He expertly breaks it down to the best days, but in a complete reversal, he says, "If you try to time the market you are probably going to do very badly." This is because the window is not guaranteed, and missing it can cost you big. You are much better off investing in small amounts gradually than trying to catch the market at the right time and buy all at once.
We can talk all day about originality, but in the end ,"If you try to be original you are probably going to plagiarize the heck out of somebody." The window for what is original is teeny tiny, so small we can even debate its existence. Is it there, is it not there? My guess is as good as yours.
“Originality is the art of concealing your source.” -Franklin P. Jones
Remember, lack of originality is not a bad thing. Plagiarism is a bad thing. You are much better off owning up to your lack of originality in every way possible. You are better off taking a little and giving a little rather than trying to give everything at once.
Blogger and author, Austin Kleon, suggests that creatives try to build on existing ideas rather than create new ones. Be honest and transparent about it. For example, many of my blog ideas come from quotes that I run into. I reference the quote and then I just elaborate on what it means to me.
All genuine creativity is the development of ideas that already exist.
This isn't just a concept in art. The smart phone was not an original idea, there were cell phones before that, and bean cans before that, and face to face conversations before that.
"What a good artist understands it that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original." -Austin Kleon
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso
Beatrice Blue, like artists long ago, has considered the loss of exploration and freedom to make art in adulthood. She said, if only we explored as a child does, then style would come naturally.
Adolfo Serra taught that we can learn a lot by watching how children create. They don’t need references, styles, or teachers.Children are natural artists. Give them the tools to work with and off they go.
Give Them Scissors
It is amazing to me what a child can do with scissors. I have seen children build their art out of paper before coloring it. Alternatively, they cut out the finished pieces and rearrange them on a separate piece of coloring paper or make new things from their designs, like bookmarks.
Give Them Every Sort Of Medium
Children mix mediums like they mix playdough. Some crayon here, marker there, then watercolor over everything. Bring out all the art supplies.
Give Them Texture
Children's art can look like a collage of materials: Crazy eyes, stickers, colored paper, macaroni, and glue.
Give Them Different Surfaces To Draw On
Children draw on walls, sidewalks, cardboard, their arms, their faces, surfaces that are notoriously difficult to work with.
Give Them Space
Perhaps the most difficult things for adults to imitate are the things that make children what they are. Children are simple, new to the world, and do not have negative thought patterns holding them back. Children do not have any reason to create art other than for its own sake.
If you are looking for coloring pages for adults or children, I have a set of 3 coloring pages in my shop, featuring woodland critters, ocean critters, and critters you might find around the house. Enjoy!
"The Reason that most people don't possess these extraordinary physical capabilities isn't because they don't have the capacity for them, but rather because they are satisfied to live in the comfortable rut of homeostasis and never do the work that is required to get out of it. They live in the world of "good enough." The same thing is true for all mental activities we engage in."
I fell in love with Deliberate Practice while doing martial arts, but recently I decided to scour my notes for insight into writing and illustration.
I often find myself drawing similar things over and over again because I am comfortable with them and I know they get likes on social media. However, my goal is to improve, particularly to grow into stories that I want to illustrate.
Those that stand by Deliberate Practice define it as a practice with purpose and intent to improve. Here are some ways you can make it apart of your learning and take your skill to the next level:
Make clear goals
Hi, my name is Cory Shaw. I am an author and illustrator of books and book covers for children.
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