Saturday, 1 November 2008

Maral Sassouni Interview - PART 4 - Advice for budding Illustrators

In our final part of this week's illustrator interview, Maral Sassouni gives some brilliant advice for illustrators starting out in their career.

5. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO BUDDING ILLUSTRATORS?

Be Prolific
This gives you the freedom to take risks, stretch, experiment. Even in a really rubbish screw-up piece, you can invariably find the seeds of something which you can try in the next piece.



Keep a notebook (carry it around with you whenever possible). Draw in it every day -- or at least jot down your ideas. See what your own recurring images are, what occurs to you in series, what you are drawn to...Then -- mix and match!

Follow your curiosity -- go all the way with it.
(Dorothy Parker said, "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.")(incurable!)

Focus
According to an old Armenian saying, "If you chase two rabbits, you catch neither."

Read a lot -- this causes pictures to be in your head, which you then pull out as needed. Draw inspiration and comfort from the written word, and then contribute to that conversation with your won.
(Quote from Daniel Pennac: "Le temps de lire, comme le temps d'aimer, dilate le temps de vivre.")

Walk a lot
This is good for your body, good for your mind... you'll see things. And meet someone! You never know...

Pay attention.

When in doubt, say yes.



- Thanks so much Maral!
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