Great book

I just finished Seth Godin’s book, The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? and I highly recommend it. I found myself writing down quote after quote after quote from it. Here are a few:

Correct is fine, but it is better to be interesting.

Figure out who your art is for, get better at connecting with that audience and ignore the rest.

The resistance is not something to be avoided; it’s something to seek out.

And a Ray Bradbury quote that Godin quoted:

Don’t think! Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

I got the book from my public library, but it’s one I should have bought. I will have to remind myself to read it over again periodically.

Lotus Patterns Project

I have known about this Lotus project for over a month and the final day to submit patterns is today. I’ve been thinking about ideas, even scribbled a few initial sketches in my sketchbook, but it was only in the past 24 hours that I finally got to work. I just submitted my designs. Here they are:

This one is based on the Green Man. But instead of depicting his face, I decided to do his footprint, from which I envision green springs wherever he steps.

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This is a lotus flower from above, and the leaf underneath.

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This one I had the hardest time with: How to symbolize Bloomington. There are too many things I love about where I live to depict it simply, but I decided my home, my neighbors, the trees and the community (symbolized by the hand) were the most important.

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I had come up with this alternative, too. It’s meant to show the open-mindedness and learning (it is a university town, after all) of the community. However, only three submissions are accepted, so this one will just be a file on my computer for now.

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Are We Alone, follow-up

Wow! My submission to Studio 360’s “Are We Alone in the Universe” was one of the staff picks! Next week Julia Rothman, artist extaordinaire and editor of the book, The Where, the Why, and the How, which this project was based on, will pick a winner from the 200+ entries. But in the meantime, my illustration was chosen along with 11 others by the staff. How cool!

See them here.

CORRECTION: Julia Rothman is only one of the editors, and the winner and runner-up have already been chosen.

Are We Alone in the Universe?

I was just catching up on Studio 360’s Science and Creativity podcasts on Friday. In one, they talked about a new book called The Where, The Why, and the How, where scientists and artists were paired up to answer (with an explanation and an illustration) scientific questions. They asked for illustrations from their listeners answering “Are We Alone in the Universe?” and it is due today. I had an idea right away of what I wanted to illustrate and got to work. I just submitted it. Here it is:

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I’d planned to use magazines and other found photos and make a collage, but it turned out that doing it all myself looked better. It was fun to do!

Next up: creating pattern submissions for the Lotus project.