I got to meet with one of my art and life heroes, Danny Gregory, to interview him about how to write an illustrated memoir. I'll be showing that video here next week.
When we turned the camera off and I showed Danny my journal, I said I wanted someone to point the way for me for my art. Danny said one word, a word that gave me almost more to think about than everything he said afterward.
"Really?" he said when I asked for advice. As if he knows creative people well: we say we want to be told what to do, but then we rebel.
I'm still thinking about what kind of help I want with my art. Meanwhile, here's the spread I made based on his feedback to me.
Which one of these pieces of advice most resonates with you?
Read more on illustrated journals
Authors Danny mentioned to me:
Frederick Franck - an old favorite of mine, the person I credit with getting me to start drawing as a way of meditating
Maira Kalman - a new favorite and someone I emulate.
Dan Price - his Moonlight Chronicles are a great example of an illustrated life. Danny generously gave me a few of his copies!
Hannah Hinchman - I got Life in Hand after Danny mentioned her. I've seen her name around and am glad to read what she has to offer.
Capture your wow
This spread also celebrates a highlight of my life - getting to speak in person with someone whose work has greatly influenced me.
If I didn't have an illustrated journal practice, this kind of wow could easily evaporate. But because I've captured it, I have it forever in brilliant color.
If this kind of thing appeals to you, I invite you to play with me this summer. I've designed the Capture the Wow Summer Scavenger Hunt that will help you have your best summer ever - lead every step of the way by your own inner artist.