Dreaming Big



  • @Jake-Parker @Lee-White @Will-Terry another great episode! Thank you.
    Also, thank you Will for reading my comment - now I listened to it again I'd like to add couple of comments, maybe I should have gone into more details in the first place. It's not just about having a child simply dressing up as one of my characters...it's more than that. I want a child to choose that character because they are inspired by them, they look up to them, they want to be like them, they want to make the choices the character made...and maybe it'll inspire those kids to dream big too! The fame isn't priority here but I guess without anyone knowing who I am and who my characters are there would be no kids dressing up πŸ™‚
    As for being "pigeon holed"...I don't think it's always a bad thing...if your character or book is doing awesome maybe that is all you need. Looking at J K Rowling here, no matter what she did or will do in the future she'll always be the one who created Harry Potter, I bet she's pretty happy with that πŸ™‚
    I'm not saying I want to be like JK Rowling, this is just my argument.
    Main point is I want to inspire kids, inspire them to read, write, create and dream and if I could do all this and being able to support myself financially that would also be awesome! I teach primary school children part time and always treasure times when we can share stories, hopefully one day, my stories will be shared and treasured too!
    XXX



  • I've listened to this twice already πŸ˜‚ One of my favorite episodes so far and I really needed to hear it. Super excited about getting to work right now and making tiny steps towards what I want to do. Thanks for another great episode!



  • I listened to this episode again, and I think what I am surprised by is that this idea of dreaming big in the beginning turns out to be visualizing the day-to-day.

    Also, whoever put that link in the show notes LEE'S SELF PORTRAIT NUDES (REALISTIC), i love you πŸ˜†



  • @carlianne said in Dreaming Big:

    I don't think I would push myself as hard if I didn't need to make an income to feed my family, and was too stubborn to take on work that isn't art.

    I am going to print this sentence, frame it, and hang it on my wall.



  • Thank you for the episode, fasinating topic.
    Here is a thought: maybe I should put "dream big" on my calendar once a month. I give myself 1 hour to write down things I want to do, accompolish long term.

    Something I learned from a wise friend: there are urgent things, there are important things. They are not the same. People often only do urgent things, even if they are not important, but forgot the important but not urgent things.

    I feel like Dream big is one of these important but not urgent things people often forgot to do.



  • Great episode! About money-success discussion at the beginning, to complicate things a little, here is a talk which discusses research showing how money is a terrible motivator for creative tasks:

    https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_the_puzzle_of_motivation?language=en



  • @baileymvidler πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ so glad to inspire you πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


  • SVS OG

    @LauraA said in Dreaming Big:

    Dunning Kruger

    I looked up the Dunning Kruger effect after reading your post and read this quote by Dunning: "If you're incompetent, you can't know you're incompetent ... The skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is." I think art is particularly tough to self-evaluate because to the untrained, art looks like "anything goes." If you can't hold a pitch in music, it's obvious (or should be) that you are not a good musician but if you can't draw an anatomically correct character, you'll see lots of successful artists whose characters aren't realistic at all, so how do you know if your inability to draw realistically makes you a bad artist? I think it takes a lot lot longer to understand art than other creative fields which, as you said, makes if hard to self-judge and tough to know when your dreams are realistic.

    Thanks for your post. It really got me thinking.


  • SVS OG

    @demotlj I'm glad you got something out of it, Laurie! I wonder if artists who draw primitively are sort of like folk musicians? There are many valid styles of creating art and music that range from classical to folk, but it takes a trained eye (or ear) to see (hear) that validity sometimes. Also, I know plenty of people who sing off key or out of rhythm and don't know it! 😱

    At any rate, I'm glad we have the boards here to helps us get critiques and grow.



  • @Will-Terry , my dream is to win an SVS Contest! So far, I’ve made it to the board, but not yet Sweet 16. Still dreaming!

    All of the amazing students are pushing me to level up, so winning would be icing on the cake of just getting better with each illustration.

    Of course, winning a Caldecott is on the dream list too (wink).

    As Cal Newport says, β€œstrive to be so good they can’t ignore you!” I am striving! I’m only 40, I have plenty of time.

    Great podcast gents!


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