001: The calling
Wherein we set sail on our adventure together
Welcome to my weekly newsletter for visual storytellers. I first want to say thank you. You are here for a reason, and you are the reason I am here.
No matter what path you’re currently on with your own art, maybe you’re just getting your feet wet, maybe you’re on top of the hill, or perhaps you fell down along the way and are trying to get back up again... this is for you.
As artists, deep down inside, we are drawn to do this work. Some are drawn so heavily to the calling that they risk everything. Even their own lives.
Sometimes the calling can feel like curse.
When I’m not able to draw or create, I feel dead inside.
That feeling can become paralyzing to me, or like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
That is creative depression. All artists wrestle with this, but usually they go it alone. I know I did. Fighting off that funk is a big part of what the slogan “DRAW or DIE” means for me.
My wish is that you leave this newsletter each week feeling inspired, motivated and encouraged to create more.
I want to create a secret society of artists that build each other up, especially when the chips are down.
What you can expect each week in this newsletter:
A weekly dispatch from me to keep you inspired.
A weekly drawing prompt to keep you drawing.
A tool, resource to keep you sharp.
Your inaugural drawing prompt
“A ship at sea. As you wish it to be. “
Maybe it’s sinking, or in a stormy waters? Or perhaps it’s smooth sailing into the sunset. Draw this however you like. Bonus points if you tag #drawordiechallenge. If you’re not feeling brave enough to post yet, DM me on instagram @djcoffman
Every week I want to share a tool, a tip or a resource that can help you grow as a visual storyteller.
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Until next time, back to the drawing board for me...
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