I wanted to talk a little bit about failure and why it is an important part of the learning process for an artist. Quite often my students worry about not always being able to try a new technique and get it right the first time. While I understand where they are coming from, it’s more true that we learn a lot more from our failures than our success. If you get it right the first time, you really haven’t learned much. I loved this quote from the end of “Meet the Robinsons”
Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths – Walt Disney.
It’s really a true statement. And the movie itself reinforces the notion that failure is ok. I know I haven’t talked about working on my masters much, but there were a lot of projects that I didn’t quite get and I ended up really frustrated. This was especially true anytime we had to work on an editorial illustration. My super cutesy style doesn’t lend itself well to magazine illustration, but I tried my hardest to make it work.
During my final semester, we were assigned a three part editorial illustration with a full-page, half-page and spot illustration for an article about corporate greed. I had a serious mind blank about what to do and my thumbnails showed that. My first set were terrible.