One of my favaorite piece of advice to artists comes from WB Yeats: “Be secret, and exult.”
There’s a certain deliciousness of keeping a secret magic all to oneself, until it’s ready to be shown to the world.
The trick is figuring out how to cultivate that deliciousness, without starving in the process. Harder than it looks.
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In 1992, almost six years before the very first business-card cartoons, I drew a large, 24″x31″ inch drawing named “Fred 006”. Its owner, an old advertising buddy and early supporter of my work, Rich Johnson took some close-up photographs of it, to give you a good idea of all the detail involved. An old fashioned dip pen and a single, large sheet of 2-ply bristol board, and that’s it. Nothing more. Epic.