Oh wow, I just watched a REALLY good reality show. Anyone who knows me is probably like, "Oh no not again, last time it was the Vanderpump Rules finale what is it this time?" But I'm serious this time. I saw a really great show about following your path as an artist through unacceptance into total and complete success.
If you have Netflix you must, must, must watch the first episode of "Chef's Table." It's the story of an Italian Chef Massimo Bottura and his restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. I found it very inspiring. He and his wife tell the story of how he graduated from culinary school, started a restaurant, realized he was doing what everyone else was doing, found a new path, met resistance, contemplated giving up, and finally had an encounter that was totally happenstance which led to his acceptance by the world.
As a visual artist I can totally relate. I feel like I just passed the realizing that I don't want to do what everyone else is doing part of my career. I'm currently getting a glimpse of my new path, bracing myself for the resistance part, and hoping the acceptance comes around sooner rather than later because, like Bottura, giving up is NOT an option.
I usually learn a lot more about the artist process when I study the work of an artist that is very far from my own discipline. This is why I like to watch shows about chefs, musicians, and others in creative disciplines other than illustration or art licensing. I can more clearly hear their message and story. If I listen to another illustrator's road to success I get too caught up in the details. I hear, "I am successful because I draw lighthouses." When they are really trying to say, "I am successful because I draw something near and dear to my heart." I get all confused and start thinking, "Should I draw lighthouses too?" And I totally miss the point. I'm a good example of can't see the forest for the trees in that case.
Anyway, thanks for the great lesson Chef Bottura. These experimental eggplants are for you.