After starting this blog a few weeks ago I went on an online shopping spree at Amazon and bought a few books about the creative process. While browsing I came across this great new book by fellow cartoonist Hugh MacLeod. I delved into it after I got it last week and it’s a terrific resource into creativity that really cuts right to the heart of the matter in so many ways. Hugh started doodling cartoons on the backs of business cards as a way to pass the time while having a drink at the bar (see my own napkin sketches on character concepts I did while waiting for my wife to join me at a bar while in Las Vegas in a post below. Must be something about sitting at a bar passing the time that brings out the creative muse). He also has a great website at http://www.gapingvoid.com.
I love this quote from the book:
Everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the creative bug is just a wee voice telling you, “I’d Like my crayons back please”.
I remember early on in my career as a staff artist at the El Paso Times, my cousin dropped by so we could head out to the movies after work. I was just cleaning up my drawing board, picking up scraps of paper, and paste and scissors and cartoons and he just stood there shaking his head.
“Kindergarten” he said, “You never left kindergarten”. He was right and I want you to know I’m quite proud of that fact!