Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Only As...

It has been awhile since I posted from my Fiddlestick Hollow illustration journal.  I'm still shy about posting these pages and especially so since views and comments plummet when I do.  However, I refuse to let my blog and my past work define my artistic future.  The minute I feel like I am constraining my work to fit in with what is "expected" is the exact moment I quit blogging, regardless of the exposure it brings me.  I am driven to keep experimenting, evolving, improving; I loathe stagnation.  Even if I only ever write and illustrate books for my niece and nephew, I intend to "break into" illustration and that means practice, practice, practice!  Statistics are telling me to keep this new direction to myself but I'll continue to post my illustration work here & there for those who understand the need to explore and conquer new artistic frontiers.  That said, this seems an appropriate page to accompany this post...

13 comments:

  1. Your illustrations are amazing Michelle, thank-you so much for sharing them. In my humble opinion they are more than worthy of gracing any published book and I hope that you keep at it my lovely. Lol with 2 young children (3 + 6 yrs) I go through soooooooo many books with them, they are always more engaged by illustrated stories and even more so by the clearer illustrations such as your own.
    Huge hugs x

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  2. I love your drawings at least as much as your collage work, probably more! I am guilty of not commenting as much as I'm actually moved to, which I'm attempting to change. You're so very talented, keep up the great work!

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  3. Hi :)

    A few weeks ago, I found you (I don't even remember where?), and I went on a blog-binge for several days where I read through your archives whenever I had a few minutes... These posts are my favorite out of everything you post, so please don't stop. Everyone should be on that quest to continually be breaking the constraints of what's artistically comfortable. xo.

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  4. These are truly amazing!! So very inspiring!

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  5. I think you should defenitely continue to post your illustrations, regardless of others. I am not into illustration personally, so I don't have anything to say in the comments, but that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate it. As wonderStrumpet said, it is very inspiring to see somenone trying to break out of their artistic comfort zone, and it only for that, you should continue posting. (plus, your illustrations are uber cute and personal!)

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  6. Whenever i post my artworks or crafts the same thing happens to me... little to no comments.... it sure can mess with your self esteem .. if you let it.... I try to be brave and post it anyway. I just posted some crafting photos and only two people have commented... oh well .. i like it and thats really all that matters...... Just be brave Michelle! Hugs! deb

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  7. I love this work along with all the rest of your journaling. Some of my best stuff doesn't get commented on on my blog, either. It's just the way the ball bounces. Don't let it stop you from doing whatever you want to do! xo

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  8. I have never commented on your blog but I wanted to say I love your illustrations especially the little monsters! Keep sharing!

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  9. I LOVE your illustrations and applaud you posting them despite your reservations - Your art is a reflection of you and not the numbers of comments you receive - (although who doesn't want a lot of comments, right?! - I tend to get the same way when I post things - "why didn't they like this as much as I did?" -
    Keep plugging away at your dream!!

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  10. I too love your little monsters at least as much as anything else you do! It seems the times are not for commenting, everybody rushing around trying to see as much as possible (or perhaps be seen?)

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  11. I love these so much. I get your blog in my email so I don't count as a page view & I usually never comment on anything but I always see them and they inspire me!

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  12. Illustration isn't my thing, and I'm not a great commenter, but yes, keep sharing them and keep doing them and be true to yourself, I appreciate your honesty as much if not more than your beautiful creations. I'm sure these little fellows would be wonderful in a childrens book. One of my blog posts that got the most comments was when I said I was thinking of stopping, all those silent followers piped up then, it seemed perverse, but it was nice!

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  13. Also a new commenter, please keep posting your monsters!! They are uniquely yours. Sue.

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Thank you again for the time you've spent here. Most sincerely, Michelle

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