TOPIC: How do you keep from becoming too isolated; how do you push yourself out into the real world?
Some illustrators pointed out they really don't mind the isolation, and that some isolation is necessary in order to work.
Others pointed out online (Twitter, etc.) is often the only way to connect with other artists.
What keeps us connected IRL:
friends (artist and otherwise)
volunteering at local events
conferences & workshops
offering art classes at home
Suggestions for ideal illustrator meet-ups:
share work, ideas, dreams; talk shop with people who "get it"
chat, vent (like Twitter, only "more personal")
portfolio display (with prizes)
bring in industry pro (intensive workshops with ADs)
themed group painting
share workspaces, in person or through photos (@Illo_Island is compiling artist workspaces for future posting)
local version of annual sketchcrawl (http://www.sketchcrawl.com); use kidlit books instead of geographical locations; use classic kidlit as theme, similar to idea behind http://picturebookreport.com/
community art project/charity project (SCBWI Illinois Illustrators' Network's "Tree of Life" for Haiti: http://www.flickr.com/photos/13397053@N02/; "Heroes for Haiti" art auction) [See BUZZ]
Tweet of the night:
@cheriwilliams: "Wait. What is *too* isolated? Also . . . what is this Real World you speak of?"
Illustrators may spend their days working in isolation, but they are among the first to respond to events taking place outside their studio walls:
@kellylight is sponsoring sketchcards for animal victims of the oil spill in the Gulf at http://ripplesketches.blogspot.com/. Your participation, by supplying art or by purchasing a card, will be greatly appreciated.
For illustrators wishing to provide art, @DiandraMae offers a starter list of animals affected: brown pelicans, shrimp, sea turtles, crabs, alligators, spoonbills & other marsh birds.
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