NYC SOCIETY ILLOS & BROOKLYN ART LIBRARY! VISITS! YAY!
Totally forgot to post this – here’s a picture from my trip to the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, New York when I was up in NYC in February. Do not touch the fancy wall of books!
It was fun!
I also hit up the Society of Illustrators for a talk by Jillian Tamaki, Eleanor Davis, and Lisa Hanawalt. I went back a few days later to get a picture of myself in front of the epic building. Looking ridiculous, as usual! I’m glad we get a building with a sweet facade, haha.
The talk was really awesome. I especially enjoyed Eleanor Davis’ points about the importance of doing stuff other than making pretty pictures, because that informs what we make – otherwise we’re just a bunch of people making pictures about making pictures. One really inspiring thing that really stuck with me (again, something that Eleanor said) – is that she works another job. Not because she needs to out of financial necessity, but because she wants to, and because it enriches her. That was just super amazing, because a lot of the podcasts I’ve listened to and a lot of the people I’ve talked to have basically said ‘Illustration 24/7 Or Die,’ which I think is a bit of a false binary. As an incredibly interdisciplinary person, that was music to my ears. Illustration is my favourite thing to do, but I also like making other things! And I think those other things inform my illustration practice and make it stronger, not weaker.