There are these times that I really wanted to draw something but cannot because of the lack of inspiration be it external or internal. A very close friend of mine assessed me about why I don’t instantly be engaged into making arts. She said I am an intrinsic artist. So I considered that my intrinsic value came from my reserved nature. . I tend to think more of “for myself” and not for the others. She said that I cannot be asked to draw something or make an art because I cannot finish that task. The inspiration must come from within. And I fully am aware of that and I do not reject that thought. I have abandoned my high school classmates’ request of their very own caricature and most of them are my closest friend. There was this specific girl that after probably 8 years of asking a caricature, I finally gave her this:
I was absolutely astounded as she also posted this caricature on her blog here: www.instsikira.tumblr.com and stayed as here DP for probably a year? And that felt really awesome. That kind of influence I can give even in small ways.
The only feeling that I trust which I register as the trait of being an artist is that I have a cauldron full of frustrations.
So in order for me to basically creep out of my very own labyrinth of suffering, I have to feed myself with more inspirations and search for some references online and read some books from artists around the world. The first illustrator I found was the Chicago based comic illustrator Lucy Knisley. I bought her French Milk on a local bookstore in my city. This basically is her travelogue comic illustration in Paris. And yes, I found this idea very interesting. I started to do some journal sketching on 2009 which ended up of course unfinished. The antics continued until I have my second Sketch Journal which is a bit serious than the first sketch journal I made. Anyway, the thing is I am planning to publish this book the same as what Lucy Knisley did on her Travelogues.
So I’ll share some good sites from good illustrators that I secretly consider them as my mentors. Here they are:
Lucy Knisley – a critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator. She lives in Chicago. She specializes in personal, confessional comics and travelogues. Her last name is confusing and has a silent K. It’s pronounced kind-of like “nigh-slee.”
Onur Yeldan – an animator at DreamWorks Animation. His watercolor arts are to die for for me.
Here are some of their arts: