Tuesday, May 05, 2009

For them, it's joyous: The designer will design for clients that don't exist. The photographer will never leave home without a camera.

Alex Charchar at Retinart on Natural Talent:
"Those that may appear to be naturally talented are more likely to be those who are more inquisitive. They are more curious and are the ones who have an interest in a field that allows them to constantly ask questions.... 
So what? Doesn't mean they're talented... If we're all curious and apply our questions to a field of which we are passionate, the questions and thought isn't really work—it's fun and exciting and gets our hearts pumping and minds ticking. It gets us high and drunk on questions and knowledge.... 
The illustrator enjoys spending their free time working out how best to bring his subject to life, drawing the same lines over and over. The designer will design for clients that don't exist. The photographer will never leave home without a camera. It's constant practice. It's hard work. But it isn't work like most others would think of, not for them. For them, it's joyous... the constant asking, and more importantly, the constant attempt to answer these questions, means they are practicing their craft, even if they don't realise it or are doing so intentionally.When you sit down with a creative who is so good at what they do in spite of whatever predefined criteria you hold in your thoughts, remember they aren't naturally talented – they probably ask more questions of themselves."
Which is some of why I love to blog, why I often carry a Moleskine, why I like to drink coffee and ponder questions. And which, whilst I'm not quite on schedule with my study plan and am desperately missing my team, is why I am quite enjoying my sabbatical. 

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