I dig inspirational quotes, especially about art. Today, I' going to tell you a story inspired by one of my favorites. Enjoy!
When I was little, I drew maps.
I would create whole worlds on paper, drawing triangles for trees, squiggly blue lines for rivers, and putting everything: mountains, towns, and lakes is the perfect spot.
Convinced that a world inhabited by fairies and elves would be a much more entertaining place to live, I fashioned my world after Tolkien's Middle Earth and Never Never Land. I envisioned a place where adventures happen, and there are always wonderful things to look at.
This habit never changed.
I was obsessed with Lord of the Rings growing up, and did a LOT of fantasy art through high school, right through the bright beginnings of adulthood.
NERD ALERT: when I say I was obsessed, I mean it. I watched both the movies and the making of LOTR almost every day. What does that have to do with maps and world building?
Let me explain.
In describimg the inspiratio for LOTR and Narnia, it's explained that Tolkien and C.S. Lewis wrote the stories they wanted to read.
This idea stuck with me for a long time.
When I wanted a fantastical world, I made fairies inspired by Brian Froud and Cynthia Brown.
When I was getting ready to leave home, and my world was chaotic, I painted abstract and surreal. In this context, chaos and disorder made sense.
These days, sky-whales and all-seeing bats add to the mystery and whimsy I sometimes miss in my life.
I paint and draw what I need more of in my world.
My art is like the maps little me made, bringing a little more magic into my livingroom, where adventures should happen, and there should always be wonderful things to look at.