The following is the full transcript of the commencement speech “Make Good Art” delivered by Neil Gaiman to the University of the Arts Class of. and dreamers to MAKE GOOD ART. This book, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman's inspiring speech. Whether. (you have no idea what you are doing. this is great. if you don't know it's impossible it's easier to do) make up your own rules if you have an idea, just do it . MAKE.
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Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. "Make Good Art" PDF. By. tralma // spellementary. Neil Gaiman's Keynote Address has inspired me a lot in the past few years, and with the opportunity to see him.
Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.
Neither one of us had run off with a politician and we both still have all our limbs. But we were going through a hard time. Lost a best friend, didn't have any money, quit the gym. My sister described it best when she said, "Wow you guys have been having some real lifequakes! I also recently saw an interview with Grimes where she said, "I don't mind when shitty things happen to me because it means I'll make better art. Therefore, we have new art to show! Today there are four new worksheets and an ebook over at the School of Life Design resource center!
Bluntly revealing the secret to positive thinking, this eBook will change your perspective on the way you look at yourself for the better. Meaningless Diagrams is an page, 8. The problems of success. They're real, and with luck you'll experience them.
The point where you stop saying yes to everything, because now the bottles you threw in the ocean are all coming back, and have to learn to say no. I watched my peers, and my friends, and the ones who were older than me and watch how miserable some of them were: I'd listen to them telling me that they couldn't envisage a world where they did what they had always wanted to do any more, because now they had to earn a certain amount every month just to keep where they were.
They couldn't go and do the things that mattered, and that they had really wanted to do; and that seemed as a big a tragedy as any problem of failure.
And after that, the biggest problem of success is that the world conspires to stop you doing the thing that you do, because you are successful. There was a day when I looked up and realised that I had become someone who professionally replied to email, and who wrote as a hobby.
I started answering fewer emails, and was relieved to find I was writing much more. Fourthly, I hope you'll make mistakes. If you're making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something. And the mistakes in themselves can be useful.
You have the ability to make art. And for me, and for so many of the people I have known, that's been a lifesaver. The ultimate lifesaver. It gets you through good times and it gets you through the other ones. Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.
Make good art. I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? IRS on your trail?
Cat exploded? Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you do best. Make it on the good days too. Do the stuff that only you can do. The urge, starting out, is to copy. And that's not a bad thing.
Most of us only find our own voices after we've sounded like a lot of other people. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you're walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That's the moment you may be starting to get it right.
They always had that in common: looking back at them, people explain why they were inevitable successes. While I was doing them, I had no idea. I still don't. And where would be the fun in making something you knew was going to work? And sometimes the things I did really didn't work. There are stories of mine that have never been reprinted.
Some of them never even left the house. But I learned as much from them as I did from the things that worked. I will pass on some secret freelancer knowledge. Secret knowledge is always good. And it is useful for anyone who ever plans to create art for other people, to enter a freelance world of any kind.
I learned it in comics, but it applies to other fields too. And it's this: People get hired because, somehow, they get hired.
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