“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It seems as if I’d given up on a project that I gave birth to with a lot of passion and heart. I side-tracked and gave attention to many other miniscule things. Or an excuse I could easily rely on — Life got in the way. There hasn’t been any progress or product as of late, though coming off of a success with our last batch of shirts. I’d hate to sound cliched and start anew because of the new year, but I’ve started working again.
I’ve spent a good amount of time within the last month browsing and scouring many art books at Borders and going through pages and pages of my own sketchbook to get my hands warmed up to drawing again and build a small catalogue of things I can work with on this ‘Sketchpad’ project. This isn’t a ‘momentous’ blog post — even though it is a first in a long time — but I just needed to get this thing going again. For the people who come here only to see pictures, here’s a few things that’ve inspired me back to this very passionate project:
I had a chance to see some of James Jean’s paintings up close and personal. Met Dave Choe. Listened to one of the most creative albums of 2009 — Kid Cudi’s ‘Man On The Moon’ LP. Became the owner of all four Mike Shinoda skate-decks from his Glorious Excess (Ends) Art Exhibit. A lot of inspiration. A lot of encouragement. Thank you 2009.