John Denver’s full of shit, Townes was the original mountain gangster. Born this day in 1944.
On the road today, I passed a new Lincoln MKZ. The car had some stylish lines, but what caught my eye in passing was the little flange on the fuel cover that sticks out and makes it possible to open with your finger. Almost all late-model cars, especially within the luxury market, have flush fuel covers that allow you to access the tank via interior button or other action. On the Lincoln, this detail seems a flaw that would escape all but the most discerning eyes, but nevertheless, a remnant of inattention that leaves the car looking unrefined and lazy.
Will it affect how the car drives? Doubtful. Will it protect you in a crash? Certainly not. Does it make me want to buy a Lincoln? Nope. If Lincoln overlooks the little things, what else have they neglected to put the finishing touches on? As my father instilled in me, if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Mind your craft & sweat the small stuff.
In an effort to show my work, above is a mood board, or collage of some reference material for an illustration I’m working on. Mood boards are useful for not only establishing a sense of style and direction, but for providing technical guidance.
Read why I am documenting my process and showing my work.
A lot of people are so used to just seeing the outcome of work. They never see the side of the work you go through to produce the outcome.
Austin based (seems to be a theme) writer & artist Austin Kleon has been a huge inspiration of mine. His most recent work, Show Your Work, focuses on process not product. Peeking behind the magician’s curtain is always as much, if not more, fun than the actual illusion. However, documenting your process can prove to be more effort than the actual work, and something I’ve struggled with in the past. Moving forward I’m going to make a concerted attempt to follow Kleon’s advice and share a piece of the puzzle from something I’ve been working on every day.
I’m mega-jealous of Austin based bike-blogger extraordinaire, John Watson. Dude travels the country shredding road and trail on some exquisite looking machinery. If you’re into pedaly, two-wheel contraptions, head over and check out his site Prolly Is Not Probably.
And John, if you happen to read this, head on up to Utah and we’ll show you around the Wasatch.
It felt good to get the rubber back on dirt last weekend. Shoreline is still a little sloppy, but we’ll take what we can get this time of year.
One of the silly things about being a musician is that your hands get soft. I think it’s a dangerous thing. You have to be a person, it’s too freeing to just be an artist. You don’t have enough coming in if you’re just experiencing your own art all the time.
Justin Vernon on being an artist from his Red Wing Heritage story.
Watch the first of the Red Wing Heritage story series with Justin Vernon.
This Red Wing Heritage video with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) is spot on. As a born and raised midwesterner, I relate to the sense of community and work ethic he references, as well as often find myself longing for that here. Right on Red Wing.
Via Whiskey Grade.