I’m excited to do a giveaway this week (more on that below). I thank each of you for joining me here on my blog, as I grow as an artist and hope to help you grow too. One of the biggest “helps” I have to offer is my own learning through failure.
Failure as a man, as an artist, and every other area—is where I have had the chance to grow most. It’s the same for all of us. These are the places in life where we are finally humble enough to learn. I’ve had more than a few of those opportunities.
If we listen closely we’ll hear it all around us: leaders telling us how their lowest points were the best thing that ever happened to them. It’s a reality. It’s one we can all experience, and we need to because we all have something to offer.
“Everyone is an expert at something. The problem is that we are unaware of it—or take it for granted. The key is to discover it and step into it. What is your expertise? You aren’t doing the world any favors by minimizing your expertise or trying to deny it. -Michael Hyatt
I’m not only surprised and honored to have you follow along with my journey here or my other social media outlets, I think of it as a privilege to get to share out of my own failures and successes. Those are the kind of people I learn most from and care to follow myself.
No one is perfect and we’re only hurting ourselves and others when we put them on pedestals, because it’s not true. The truth is we’re all in a process, learning and gaining inspiration from others can sharpen and strengthen us unequivocally.
Steven Bentley asked me the other day “where I get some of my inspiration from”. This is a question I’d like to revisit regularly. Thank you, Steven. Today, I’d like to honor my friend Jake Parker. Especially because he’s just recently released a new book, Little Bot and Sparrow, that my kids have been loving. (See more below.)
I first stumbled onto Jake’s work in 2010. That was the year I decided to return to illustration (after an almost ten year hiatus)—in order to tell my own tales. In my stumbling, I discovered Inktober and a whole host of awesomeness through Instagram. I became inspired.
I was most inspired by Jake’s ability to seemingly draw anything. So, I followed him and have since—studying his use of figure, composition, and so much more.
I don’t recall when or where I first saw the story of Little Bot and Sparrow. It may have been in Antler Boy it may have been in one of Jake’s Drawings books. No matter where it was, I was instantly captivated by the story.
Jake has done what he does best and drawn this tale with warmth and technical skills that will pique your imagination and inspire you to try your own hand at stories—oh and your kids will love it too. :)
Little Bot and Sparrow
By Jake Parker
Win a copy of Jake’s book (unsigned) as well as an original fan art of Little Bot and Sparrow (by me) that will be shipped out with the book simply by being a subscriber to my blog. Not subscribed yet? Hurry! :) Winner will be announced in the next post.
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