This illustration was based off my original intaglio piece, ‘The Raven.’ It was carved for a print-making class I took while I was in Alaska. Revisiting it made me realize how important it is to move past your comfort zone.
One of my first art teachers, Ms. Fritz would say that if you could feel yourself become overwhelmed in your art, you are working through something new. And it’s a word of wisdom I take to heart, I think we have a perception that art should just blossom from inside you, that if you are meant to make beautiful works, you are born with it, and it just IS. But I don’t think that’s the case, necessarily, it’s the work that moves you forward, gives you a better understanding of colors, shapes, bodies, shadows and highlights, that helps your art become something special and refined. So I guess what I am saying that if it’s from a school assignment or your own drive, make sure you set goals that are lofty, overwhelming and scary, whether in an art piece, your hobby, life or business. Do the uncomfortable things.