Sunday, January 3, 2010

The end of 09

2009 was… a very memorable year.

I think that the biggest and most important lesson I learned this year was how to fail. Looking back, at some point in my artistic development I stopped taking as many risks. Mainly out of a fear of failure. This fear has been the biggest obstacle in my progression as an artist (and a person). This last year I took on many projects that had a high probability of failure. Some of them resulted in unforeseen success. The rest were just successful failures.

It’s taken me a while but I finally feel like I am at a point where I ‘m ready to fail.

Here is an example. Over the spring I purchased a mole skin sketch book. These sketch books have been used and praised by several artists that I admire (sort of the Mac of sketch books, all the cool kids use it). The problem is I hate it. The paper has no tooth and it feels like drawing on a glossy envelope that can’t take getting wet or hold ink. Instead going back to the sketch books that I’m comfortable I challenged myself to use it. I went even further out of my comfort range by drawing everything in pen. That way I couldn’t erase. I would have to live with every line, every mistake.

Below are the first few pages of my mistakes. After that are some random pictures from 2009.

I can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store for me.


Michelle said...

A) The sketches look great.
B) That car crash is horrifying.
C) Is that bat dead? :(

Chad Edwards said...

A) Thank you
B) Some ass ran into two parked cars right next to my front door. The driver had very minor injuries.
C)That bat is very dead. I didn't want to kill him but he kept dive bombing me. That's the 2nd bat that I have had to kill in my apartment.

Kelly's Video Blog said...

awesome chad

Chad Edwards said...

Thank you Kelly.