With the title of my newsletter and this site being Happy Faces on Everything, it’s quite clear where the idea came from. I’ve always had a strange compulsion to give everything I draw a grinning face so why not let myself get a bit carried away and include that in the branding.
Despite this being a totally self-serving article, I believe that to the right person there is value to be gained. Value in seeing, much as I have this year, how much can happen in a short span of time. That is why I’m posting this here rather than keeping it to just my journal.
Some work is all about the visual appeal and that’s totally cool. You could call it art for art’s sake. But when we look at illustration used in a design setting, it has a job. Be it selling a product, delivering a message or telling a story,using illustration in this context is about more than looking good.
Yes, it’s true, I consider the slug to be one of my spirit animals. But come on! It’s slow, in no way glamorous, yet it accomplishes all that it sets out to do. It’s a great representation of playing the long game. But that’s besides the point.
If you’ve ever had a job you’ll understand what it’s like being a professional; You show up on time. You do the work. You collect the paycheck. It would be ridiculous to take the day off your job as a line cook because you aren’t inspired. So why is that okay with your art?