It seems there is a lot of negativity going around. It's not a virus but it sure spreads like one on tv and online. It's even in the illustration industry too. Then something happens that catches my attention... something sad like a great man who did great things who passed away too soon. Steve Jobs reminded me that even though the world seems off kilter there is still a lot of greatness out there. You just have to look pass the media that tries to distract us, taunt us by pushing the limits of our patience, crossing the lines while trying to discourage us.
Steve Jobs described it best:
"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."- Steve Jobs
When it comes to illustration, I am only one voice of many so when something I've created gets criticized, I think to myself, "Well, if you can't join 'em just keep doing your own thing and eventually someone may like it."
I think what Steve Jobs did in the technological world is prove that having tenacity and beating to your own creative drum is what some of us must do.
Not everyone likes my work. Not everyone likes my book. Not everyone is going to read this post. I am one voice of many who write about this industry, who support it and continually works at it every single day.
I was asked why I do this... why I push forward with writing, illustrating & creating even though the illustration market seems to be over saturated. It's simple: it comes natural. It's what I want to do. And here's the big one--everything is so damn interesting to me. I didn't come equipped with an off-switch. I'm not here to be the best or to be the centre of attention. I contribute to the industry and I create as a way to support my children in this chosen career that I am so lovingly devoted to.
I was also asked why I am not phased by negative comments from anonymous commenters regarding my book- It's simple, their comments have nothing to do with me. They simply did not find what they were looking for. Hopefully they will find what they need somewhere else, through a teacher, a mentor or through the perspective of another book.
I am only one voice in this industry but hey, it's still a voice! It's a pretty hardworking, passionate, dedicated and a determined voice too. And you know what they say about determined people? George Bernard Shaw said that the people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them!
I may not have a group, or employees, or a big website for that matter. I may not scream the loudest. I may not have the most followers. I may not have an agent nor have I been on the best seller list. I may not have myself linked everywhere on every illustration site. However, I have been copied, quoted, imitated and even been admired by some. I am known in some creative circles and not in others. I maybe known more in the United States than in my own country but that doesn't stop the ideas, the moments of brilliance and it certainly does not stop that inner drive.
When I wrote my book I told myself that if I helped 5 people it was a success to me. Well, after countless testimonials, letters, emails and requests to do a follow up I think I surpassed my small but be it modest approach to success.
When it all comes down to it, I'm just one of the "crazy ones" crazy enough to think that I can change my world by one illustration, one idea, one word, one day at a time.
So here's to the crazy ones... and here's to Steve Jobs who reminds us that, if you can't dazzle, wear 'em down! It's a big crazy world and you're only here for a little while so create it in your own crazy style!