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Four Tips On Creativity From Bill Watterson, Creator Of ‘Calvin & Hobbes’
By Jillian Wong, 08 May 2014
Image via Matthew Ptrus
We’re fans of respected industry professionals imparting valuable lessons and tips on living a creative life. Whether they’re experts in graphic design, architecture or photography, there’s bound to be useful advice that we can take away to aid us as we strive to achieve our potential in our chosen fields.
In a new documentary called Stripped, Bill Watterson, the legendary creator of the beloved Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, shares four tips on the creative process.
The famously reclusive cartoonist is known for his strong beliefs and uncompromising vision of his work, which includes demanding the Sunday page be changed to accommodate larger art, and refusing to license his comic strip. He retired in 1995 after only 10 years, at the peak of his popularity.
Below are Watterson’s four tips on creativity from the film, courtesy of Fast Company.
1. You Have To Lose Yourself In Your Work
By blocking out the world, you’re better able to produce work to the best of your ability, even if it means a more intense and gruelling process.
2. Create For Yourself
Forget that there’s an audience and focus on making something for yourself.
3. Make It Beautiful
People invest time and effort into viewing your work, so make sure it’s worth their while.
4. Every Medium Has Power
Though comics might seem like an inconsequential platform, they possess the power to forge a deep connection with readers.
If you’re a creative who grew up on a diet of Calvin & Hobbes, these pearls of wisdom will surely resonate with you.
Watch the trailer for Stripped–whose poster features Watterson’s first published art in nearly 20 years–below, and find out more about the film here.
Bill Watterson, image via Fast Company
[via Fast Company]
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