I joined a summer workshop for children's book illustrators at the Itabashi Art Museum again. It started from the 28th July, two days after I came back from Alaska, and I must admit that I was tired even before it started.
This year we had Klaas Verplancke, an illustrator from Belgium. And it was really a fulfilling week!
We had many many assignments during the week and this was the first one, metamorphoses, to combine two or three things which are completely different from each other.
It was really a difficult week for me because I normally don't draw or make story from memory and imagination. I realised that I always work inductive from what I see out there to find a concept but not deductive from a certain idea in my brain to play out from it. It was a good exercise for me!
It was good to have lots of limitations on making image, colour pallet, technique and time.
Klaas also told us a quote from Picasso, which was very interesting especially after the fuss about the Olympic logo.
"To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic."
In some way, we all need to get inspirations from something and develop from there. It's not good at all, of course, to completely copy someone. But this reminded me that it's as bad to keep multiplying what I produce and make no progress.