“Your taste is still killer”

November 10, 2014 @ 7:56 am | Filed under:

I came across this Ira Glass quote (direct YouTube link for my iPad readers) and was struck by how accurately it describes my relationship to my drawing efforts.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Such a good point. It’s because you can recognize what good art (writing, music, etc) is that you know yours isn’t good…yet. And so the daily habit becomes almost an imperative, if you want to improve. My writing is best when I’m writing every day. If I keep up the sketchbook habit for eight or nine years, I just might be able to draw the way I want to. 🙂


Not there yet.

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  1. Karen Edmisten says:

    Oooh, I love this, Lissa. So true, so good.
    And I love your drawing.

  2. Isabella says:

    I love this;) I am sharing it on facebook, it fits into me wanting to draw so well, and write. yet see that I have a long ways to go with these ideas. Thank you for sharing, and love your artwork.

  3. kortney says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your work…even though you feel “not there yet.” I have made more art that I like this year than ever before. But there is still certainly a gap between what I want to do + what ends up on the page.

    And really? Your taste is killer.

  4. Irene Sun says:

    This was so encouraging. Thank you. I was so inspired that it gave me a boost to edit a blog post that I started weeks ago and play with watercolor with the boys. Thank you for breathing life into my day. =)