I draw pictures.
I have been drawing (seriously drawing) since I was about 8 years old.
My mom took me to an art class where a ton of kids (older kids) were drawing and painting. I was going to learn to paint. I was so excited.
In a few weeks, I had mastered everything that basic instructor had to offer. Not because I had “natural talent” or was better than anyone else, but because I work hard – it became my focus. It was a passion.

I have done portraits, landscapes, other still life’s for a ton of people. Drawn political cartoons and illustrations. But all I really want to do is make comics. I just want to tell sequential stories.

For years though, I didn’t do anything. Where was the drive I had as a kid? What happened to that passion?
The answer: I was waiting.
Where was my muse? When was I going to be discovered? Where was the inspiration? Why wasn’t I the next Brian Bolland? HA!

I am reminded of a quote (one of my favorites) by Chuck Close (an amazing artist – you should check him out).
Anyway he said “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

Isn’t that the truth!
Nothing happens if you don’t do the work. You can have mad skills, heck you can be incredibly talented. But, without doing the work and gaining knowledge it doesn’t add up to much.
It all started at the end of 2012 when I found the webcomic reMind by Jason Brubaker and a light went off in my head,  I could make a webcomic.
I just didn’t know where to begin.
Fortunately for me, Jason was chronicling his experiences on his site. basically teaching as he went.

So the last 5 years I have been working on my comic.
Learning and building and deconstructing my art.
Laying a foundation for a creative business.
Working toward a goal of making sequential stories.
Taking online classes.
Publishing a webcomic.
Taking more classes.
Trying to build and audience.
Planning a Kickstarter.

And the list continues…

I didn’t know exactly what I didn’t know until I started learning again.
The biggest lesson learned, I have a long way to go.

I’d like to spend the next few weeks cataloging my journey and the lessons I have learned over the last 5 years. And maybe, just maybe this could help or inspire along the way.