|The display case in the foyer of the library is decorated with|
not only the books of some really great illustrators,
but a few of my own illustrations as well!
I didn't sugar coat it. Not everyone who is an illustrator gets to do it for a living, but that doesn't mean it can't be a fulfilling way to spend your time and energy. And the fact that so much illustration is done for the sake of being seen by eyes which are usually 10 and younger, it is an opportunity to touch and educate and inspire children. Those children need dreams and some of those dreams are to make art to inspire others. What a great calling! And I would love to see these young people, if it is their calling, to start now to formulate plans and educate and prepare themselves to pursue those plans. Even if illustration is not in their futures, I wanted them to know, the future is something we should be looking forward too. It is not something we waste the present while we wait for the future to happen. Dreams don't just happen. They need impetuous and perseverance on top of talent.
By the end of our hour together, we had talked about picture books, publishing, the difference between illustration and fine art, and they had made some beautiful sketches based on nursery rhyme titles I had put on slips of paper and placed in a bowl. They asked if I would do it again and I said I would love to. Who knows, maybe we could start an illustrators club! The best part, was being able to share what I have learned over the past 15 months with people who love art and books too. I get to share my journey and hopefully, I will share more of my journey with more students in the months to come.
Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. If you are an artist or illustrator or writer or you just enjoy people, I would so appreciate any ideas you may have or things you have done to share your gifts with others. What's the good of having a gift if you don't give it away? Please leave a comment. Love hearing from you!