Posts Tagged ‘cartoonist’

As you know, I usually advocate working on more than one project at a time and this is an example of that. I work on my coloring books two at a time so I can jump off one style when I get blocked. I usually finish them within a few days of each other. They served as their own diversions. Of course I will also admit this is very much a side project that I do largely just for fun and it really is. There’s something about designing an eighth of a piece of art and not knowing what it will look like until it’s put together.

It’s 50 fun one sided images to color featuring my unique creature/monster/animal drawings expressed kaleidoscopically. Get yours here.

My church is doing trunk or treat and I decided to decorate my trunk with one of my favorite things to create, creatures. I have always loved making creatures because the possibilities are endless. You can literally create anything you want. For the longest time I could not see how this connected with my faith, but then one day I was preparing to preach in a “King James Only” church. My text revolved around 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation…” Well in the King James, “new creation” is translated “New Creature.” There was my answer. I could use the creatures I create to talk about being a new creature in Christ. After a few false starts, I settled on the name CREACHER because it combined Creature and Preacher, and also it had reacher in the name and that was my intent, to use creachers to reach people for the Kingdom. Well I decided to ramp up CREACHER and give out cards to the site along with my candy. The new version includes a meme, a coloring sheet and a color download available free on the site. You can see them for yourself at the CREACHER website along with my pop art and some other cartoons.

From opening January 1, 2013

Cartoonist Al Capp once said:

“Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.”

I don’t agree with any of this, so why did I quote it? It’s this simple really, sooner or later, no matter how good you are, no matter how well you have honed your skills, someone is just not going to appreciate your art. They might even tell you to your face.

What should you do when this happens? Well the truth is most artists become emotionally invested in their work and so it’s hard not to take this kind of criticism personally. Resist that temptation. Resign yourself to the fact that not everyone is going to love and appreciate everything we do. If you focus on your detractors, you’ll either water down your work to appease them or get frustrated and give up. Neither of those is the proper response.

If someone doesn’t like your work, thank them for their opinion and move on to the people your work touches and moves. These are the people who will love your work, they’re the people that will promote your work and yes buy your work. Focus on the ones who love you and love your work. Love them, appreciate them and give them your very best!