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Sometimes, when things aren’t going the way you want them to, it’s good either switch to a new medium or fall back on familiar soil. I did both. Paper cutouts have been my medium of choice throughout ‘11, and I feel like they transfer to lino best, so here I am, with this rough cutout of a swan for the Strength card.
Struggling with the need for acknowledgement
We all need to be acknowledged for what we are and what we do.
We, artists, even more so. And it can be so scary, too, when your entire future depends on whether or not other people like/want to buy your art; when other artists’ ‘inspirational’ success stories make you taste bile in the back of your throat because you don’t know why they got where you don’t seem to be able to, and you start to hammer yourself into the ground and tell yourself that all this lack of attention is what you deserve, because you have no right to be in this profession, an impostor, a talentless hack.
I still don’t know how to deal with days like that. They always pass in the end, and I can go back to drawing and even liking what I draw. But I am starting to realise one important thing: no amount of external affirmation will make me believe in myself unless I learn to do it on my own first.
Some sketchbook pages from 2011…
Hi, Olga here again.
Have I got something for you! This is my (more or less) finished design for The Lovers.
Some of you might be wondering how we’re going to make the cards themselves. Well, here is how it’ll go: after we design our half each, we’ll do them to scale in lino; then we’ll swap our prints and colour each other’s designs.
Siân should be posting stuff tomorrow too!