Later this month, I'll post my final batch of daily sketches (which you can keep up with in real time on my instagram) and an update on some exciting plans for the near future...
© Gina Florio 2013
"If you take a boring job to give your family a high standard of living, as so many people do, you risk infecting your kids with the idea that work is boring. Maybe it would be better for kids in this one case if parents were not so unselfish."
"The rule about doing what you love assumes a certain length of time. It doesn't mean, do what will make you happiest this second, but what will make you happiest over some longer period, like a week or a month. Unproductive pleasures pall eventually. After a while you get tired of lying on the beach. If you want to stay happy, you have to do something."
"Just do what you like, and let prestige take care of itself."
"'Always produce" is also a heuristic for finding the work you love. If you subject yourself to that constraint, it will automatically push you away from things you think you're supposed to work on, toward things you actually like. "Always produce" will discover your life's work the way water, with the aid of gravity, finds the hole in your roof."
"Figuring out what you like to work on doesn't mean you get to work on it. That's a separate question. And if you're ambitious you have to keep them separate: you have to make a conscious effort to keep your ideas about what you want from being contaminated by what seems possible. It's painful to keep them apart, because it's painful to observe the gap between them. So most people pre-emptively lower their expectations."
"Constraints give your life shape. Remove them and most people have no idea what to do: look at what happens to those who win lotteries or inherit money. Much as everyone thinks they want financial security, the happiest people are not those who have it, but those who like what they do."
"Whichever route you take, expect a struggle... But if you have the destination in sight you'll be more likely to arrive at it."
|Jack, Dave and myself arriving on the train, Fri July 19|
|Bonus picture: HTTYD director Dean DeBlois holding aforementioned poster. It's beautiful.|
|One of my favorite pieces of Dresden Codak art.|
|He signed my sketchbook too despite me looking like a complete weirdo. Success!|
|My dear friend Thadd is on the left, cosplaying Spock from Star Trek IV.|
|This guy was huuuuuuge. His costume basically looked professional.|
|Pick up that can, citizen!|
|July 6 - unfinished painting from week 6 of class, on the CalTech campus|
|July 11 - sketches from The Drawing Club|
|July 11 - more|
|July 12 - coffeeshop sketches|
|July 13 - unfinished painting from week 7 of class|
|July 21 - Thadd and Jack passed out on the train back from Comic-Con|
|July 22 - very frustrated this night.|
|July 23 - this is an example of what I do on the days where I don't document what I drew. Mostly viscom exercises and head/form practices. Boring!|
|July 24 - more viscom exercises and a concept sketch for a painting I want to try...|
|July 27 - my favorite painting from class, week 8, at El Matador State Beach|
|July 31 - eyes|
|Aug 3 - unfinished painting from week 9 of class, Eaton Canyon|
|Aug 10 - unfinished painting from the last week of class, at the Getty|
|Aug 11 - getting ready for the trip by sketching some PARIS!!|
|Aug 14 - a house in Amsterdam, from a photo by my cousin Kelly|
|Aug 15 - completed house|
|Aug 21 - this took a while! watercolor of some houses in Florence, also from a Kelly photo|
|Aug 23 - just doodling|
|Aug 25 - starting a picture of Neuschwanstein, which we will be visiting at the end of September|
|Aug 28 - Neuschwanstein almost finished... when I dropped a big drop of ink right in the middle of the castle. Oh well..|