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Wow! It’s already been 2 weeks since my MAKE 2013 weekend illustration workshop at Light Grey Art Lab, but I still get the warm-and-fuzzies when I think of all my awesome participants and and the LGAL crew! What an amazing experience all-around.

You can check out Light Grey Art Lab’s great blow-by-blow writeup of the workshop here and peek at all the photos that were taken that weekend here! (which is where I got all these photos from!)

I just put up a big blog post full of images from the weekend, as well as a few important thoughts that I took away from the workshop, you can read it in its entirety here!

To summarize, some key things I learned:

1. Everyone is awesome!

2. Each person has different goals and different timelines. Comparison is a misleading and often unhealthy tool—each person has different needs and different steps, no need to race.

3. Artists love to make things hard on themselves, but sometimes do so needlessly. Don’t feel like you’re the only one struggling—everyone feels unsuccessful sometimes! Self-criticism and self-doubt is healthy & needed, but allowing yourself pride and forgiveness is just as important!

4. Sharing your resources is one of the best ways to learn about other people and also yourself. Most of my illustration breakthroughs have come from teaching, when I’m consciously thinking about my image creation process and how others do it, the decisions I make and why, and how I can present and expand on them for others.

All in all, thanks again to my fabulous participants and my generous hosts! You guys are the best, I had an AMAZING TIME and I hope it’s not our last!

Accent Red by Neil Talwar