Friday, 20 September 2013

Nothing like a talk from Oliver Jeffers to boost motivation!


I visited the Southbank centre on Wednesday evening to go to 'An evening with Oliver Jeffers'.
Was fantastic! I love listening to him talking about his work and how he has got to this point. His talk was even in the form of a story.
One of the major pieces of advice I took from the talk and also had a chat about it with him quickly after, is confidence. He said you need to be confident and believe in yourself and your work, because if you don't, no one else will. Even if you need to fake the confidence to start with, as long as you believe in your work, the confidence will soon come. You put yourself out there and go for it.
Was so lovely to hear him tell me this, face to face, and even though other people have told me to believe in myself for most of my life, it sunk in this time. (helps that it came from my most favourite illustrator)

So I am using my new found inspiration and motivation, I have picked up my pens and pencils, and paint and various pieces of found paper and started creating more illustrations with some confidence. 

Oliver Jeffers: Nothing To See HereI am going up to London next week to visit Oliver's solo exhibition at the Lazarides Gallery, will also be taking a trip to Cass Art to get some new art supplies to feed my new found motivation.

I recently did an illustration for Aquila Magazine, a lovely children's magazine. I will post when it gets published. Exciting!