Another doodle, and some outward thoughts on focus that have been churning about for weeks:
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot trying to make sense of what exactly I am doing as an illustrator. We just got through Focus Week- our senior students’ thesis defense- which has gotten me thoughtful. I think teaching has brought that sense of ‘what am I doing? and how can I really push it farther?’ up a lot— it’s so invigorating when I see my students start to grasp what they’re really driven by, or how their own personal language starts to become translatable. This takes time, and I miss that element of learning and grasping. So it’s one part that, and one part late spring restlessness, and one part reflection upon what’s past and what’s to come. Eight years of making have flitted by, taking on a broad variety of projects and markets— and while I’m pleased with the evolution, I’m not sure what should be next. I do know I want to orchestrate it and be proud of the results. I remarked to a student the other day that I wish I could take thesis like they do— to focus in on one thing for months, and really tear it apart and build the strongest thing they can. I envy my friends working on animation and book projects for that reason— that passion and focus to create something really engrossing and special is something I miss, and both those fields are things I’m fascinated by.
But where to start? I’m sort of taking a brief hiatus now (not outwardly seeking freelance work unless something awesome pops up) to figure that out. This year has had some really fun projects, but I’ve had too much fracturing of time and projects between freelancing and teaching that I’ve lost focus a bit on what’s really fascinating to me to explore deeper. So sketching more, writing more, and exploring personal projects a little deeper will be very key moving forward.
First up on the plate oddly enough: paper sculpture. (More to come on that soon)