As a commercial artist, the passion to create hangs in the balance with compromise. Subjectivity and criticism go hand-in-hand with crafting successful solutions and project accolades. Having thrived in the design industry for over thirty years, the best way to persevere is with very thick skin, extreme patience, fanatical customer service, and a curious dose of creative imagination. Sometimes the intensity for creativity is misunderstood and relationships are challenged. Like this moment where I defended a proposed typographic composition by stating that basic typographic principles were being overlooked. This one I wish I could take back, but I learn from my experiences and move on to the next big opportunity with timid confidence.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.“
Partly by Goethe