July 31, 2006

3: On Making it Happen

pages from a lost NY sketchbook...

Jen is hard at work on an illustration portfolio, James is madly finishing his book and his boards, Dani's made some big choices, Matt's pushing that August deadline, Jay Kim's making some big moves, Neal and Barbara are hitting the streets to flyer, and Chris and Becky... have a cat. Charlene's thinking about Parsons, Ray's expanding his experience, and even Duncan's making it happen, trying to wrap up years work on his comic strips--There are people who let it happen, and people who make it happen. Cheers to them.

As George Bernard Shaw said:

"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."


  1. I love the compositional sketches. Fun storytelling going on.

    Thanks for the quote. Life is funny that way. It seems I spend more time lamenting where and what I want to be doing, but when I finally do it! BAM! It's like what was all the self-doubt and worry about.

    So let's dig in and get our butts kicked a little!

  2. The book is at the printers, my nose is bloodied and I'm thoroughly exhausted. Here's to getting on with it.
    10 more rounds to go with the boards.
    I'll sleep deeply tonight.

  3. GO MAN GO!
    let's the three of us get our butts kicked real hard out in the real world; here's to those efforts that challenge and elevate us!

  4. We'll see. I'm not sure I can see dime
    date at the floor of a gallon, but I gave it my all.
    Sanfran here you go.

  5. I love these sketches!

  6. Theses are great!

  7. Man, congrats for the job! No surprise for anyone.Very well deserved.

    its nice to come back here and to see that this place is only getting better and better

  8. hey Nick! The lost sketches give me the shivers. Swell stuff. The quote by Shaw is apropos and well worth remembering. Thanks~ Arna