Marshall Vandruff

Found this interesting piece by Marshall Vandruff where he outlines some ideas about creativity. I especially like the third point, about finding your own ‘voice’.

1-Find how things are similar using metaphor. For example:
A little boy is a monkey.
Apartments are filing cabinets for people.
Fireworks are dandelions.

2-Find things that are different using opposites. For example:
The smoothness of a woman’s skin placed next to the scaliness of an alligator.
The chaos of a crowd placed next to the order of columns on a Greek building.
The bright colors of a rainbow hoovering over a dark and shadowed valley.

3-The more creativity feels like recess, the more likely you will do it well. For
example, if you want to create detailed paintings that are as real as your own flesh, but you cannot sit still for a minute, it will seem like torture for you to create this kind of slow and carefully rendered art. If you find a way to create to fit your jumpy, quick nature, you will love, do it all the time, and eventually become great at it.


Illustration pages . . . make you want to give up? Why? It’s inspiration!!

Yesterday I finished my radiotherapy, and for a small celebration after two months of monastic diet, I partook of a few beers and 1.5 glasses of wine with dinner. Imagine my surprise when I awoke at 7 am with the Mother of all headaches,  which required a paracetamol and another 5 hours of sleep to get over . . . . . I need a bit of training before I am ready to drink with the big boys, I think. So a bit of a lacklustre day but brightened up when surfing (skidding, maybe) I found some great work. Check it out.

On that note, many people say when they’ve seen a great drawing or heard a great musical performer, have said to me: ‘Doesn’t it make you want to give up?’ I say simply: ‘No.’ I simply don’t understand this attitude that doesn’t take inspiration from great performances or works. If I’d had this attitude towards the guitar I’d have given up in the early seventies when I was lucky enough to see Clapton, Rory Gallagher, BB King, Albert King, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, and John McLauglin,  and I certainly wouldn’t have carried on long enough to have enjoyed Bucky Pizzarelli, Jim Hall, George Benson – – you get my drift?

And when it comes to drawing,  I tentatively started drawing in my early fifties, and am still doing it despite having drawn alongside, people young enough to be my grandchildren (scary) who are naturally gifted  and have huge talent. But what the hell? I enjoy it: I’ve even published work. So I’ll carry on. You want to give up when you see something good, that’s OK But why??????