Life’s pretty great, but it’s not always a big bed of roses. Even our uber talented artists know that, many facing their own road bumps here and there. If we were a popular gossip magazine, we might just say: “Artists! They’re just like us!” So, to remind us all of that fact, we asked the folks behind this week’s awesome new batch of tees to name the biggest challenge they’ve faced as an artist, and how they overcame it. Next time you’re hitting a rough patch, remember their salient words of wisdom. And come Monday, don’t forget to stop in to check out the new tees!
Q: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as an artist?
“My biggest challenge was putting what was in my head onto paper. An HB pencil seemed to do the trick.” Buy this tee now!
"Design school wasn’t easy. Once, I had an art history exam the morning after a very strenuous workout. I’d never been so sorely tested." Buy this tee now!
“Creative blocks are a huge challenge that I occasionally deal with as an artist. To overcome them, I step away from my studio/creative space and put my focus elsewhere. I usually go for a bike ride or watch TV. It helps me relax and clear my mind.” Buy this tee now!
“Recovering my childhood imagination may be the biggest challenge for me as for an artist and illustrator. Trying to free up my mind from adult-world constraints and grabbing at least a tiny part of the poetry and amazement of my childhood. When I get to this state of mind, even if I’m touching it only with my fingertips, my illustrations are better immediately. That is challenging. How do we overcome adult brain limitations? Everyday practice?” Buy this tee now!
“The biggest challenge? The notorious and dreadful C.B.B. (Creative Block Blackhole)! Aaaaaaaaarg! Is there a cure? Most of the time, ideas start popping back without notice and the engine starts again after one of the following: A: a few days, B: weeks, C: months, D:it’s f*cking hopeless… I’m getting wasted!” Buy this tee now!
“My biggest challenge has been getting to the point where I can create t-shirt designs for some of the biggest names in heavy metal. I have always been a fan of heavy rock and metal, and have always played in bands, but I never planned to “make it” as a musician. So, I set about working for the bands I love, which has taken many years, lots of patience, some rejection, and a good amount of pestering the right people. It also helps to have a few lucky breaks. But if you want something, and are willing to work hard, it is possible. I can now count bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Rage Against The Machine, Pantera, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains as clients.” Buy this tee now!