Mar 30, 2012
I have a theory. Over the past 6 or 7 years that I have been showing my work on the internet, I’ve gained quite a bit of notoriety. I have acquired a massive legion of art fans. Among them, many of the best illustrators in the world. Students write to me from every art school on the planet asking for advice and wondering how I do what I do. Illustrators want to know what art supplies I’m using, how long it takes me to do stuff, what should they do to improve their work and market themselves better. They all seem to think I’m doing a lot of things right. I’m quite happy about it all. The truth is, it hasn’t turned into very much for me. Recently the magazine, TimeOut New York, contacted me to do an illustration. They needed it in like one day and at the time I was in Korea which made it impossible to accomplish. If I was home I would have done whatever it took to have done an amazing illustration for them. The unusual thing about it all is that it’s the FIRST TIME a magazine has ever contacted me to do an assignment. I thought it would have happened more but it never does. The world is so full of magazines, newspapers and other publications that you’d think I’d be on someone’s radar, but no. So here is my theory, I just may be the most failed illustrator of the past decade. I spend hours a day drawing, improving and just plain trying to come up with new and clever ideas but in the end I have nothing to show for it. Why do I keep going, you might ask? Well, the answer is simple, I just can’t stop. The truth is, when it comes to my art, I have no real goal in mind. I’m not really heading anywhere. I’m not sure what I’m trying to achieve. Maybe I’m just searching for a brick wall to run into. Once I do that, then I can take a long needed rest. Let me tell you, being a failure is not all it’s cracked up to be. Believe it or not it’s a lot of hard work. So for now, I’m going to go back to what I do best, making drawings of buildings and objects for no apparent reason whatsoever.