As I read stories about the suicide bombing after an Ariana Grande concert (May 22, 2017) held at the Manchester Arena in England, the image of young girls wearing cat ears on their heads came to mind. Grande loves to wear cat ears (as different stories pointed out), and therefore, so do her legions of fans. As the concert concluded, pink balloons dropped from the ceiling. Souvenirs for all. Little cat ears and pink balloons — such innocence.
When it comes to creating something new, I'm all about taking the tiniest of steps. A simple mark on paper is all it takes to start. Keeping project ideas just in my head is a bad idea, but I know I have my reasons why I might leave one there to marinate: A.) I think the idea is fully baked and perfect, but really I'm just afraid to test drive it and watch it fail. Or B.) the idea really has no teeth, really, and I kind of know it, but I don't want to face a test drive and find out for sure.
So, yeah, leaving said idea comfortably in my head is a great way to never face up to whether or not the idea might actually work. It's a lot easier to just dream about it and wait for the big lightning bolt to strike and make it all right from the start.
The creative process doesn't work that way, unfortunately.
Use your pencils. Make some marks. Start small.
It was a surreal and beautiful site for me to see the mass of index cards plastered on the walls of a gallery, with fears handwritten on every card. From the one word fear ("Knives") to the wordier ones (about depression and loneliness and concerns over a friend's possible suicide), I was moved at what people wanted to share and leave tacked on a wall for all to see.
This inspired me to start creating a fear illustration a day — something looser and faster to create. I'm using each of these cards as part of each illustration.