Her answer was simple. Unlike the fine arts, people tend to treat illustration and graphic design as a “visual solution”. And while there is nothing wrong with that, it doesn’t give the artist much time to think about her work and develop a style that is truly unique.
After this conversation, I started to think of artists who have heavily influenced my own work. The first person that came to mind was Maurice Sendak.
I will always admire Maurice Sendak for creating the most wonderful and unique monsters at a time when children’s books only had characters like baby ducks and Peter Rabbit.
Where the Wild Things Are
So every time I try to draw my own whimsical take on everyday life, I always feel like a Sendak-wannabe.
Photo by Kara. Photoshop by Marco and Sel.
See what I mean? :) Imagination is harder than people think.