Talking With Daniel Fishel & James O’Brien
Synopsis: As the You Can Do It, Put Your Back Into It exhibition ends, we seek advice and encouragement from a couple of talented illustrators who have made it a point to stay creative, inspired and motivated. In the first half of the show, we chat with New York City-based illustrator Daniel Fishel about determination, overcoming mighty odds, and finding a positive edge to the tough parts of being an illustrator. Daniel has been a huge advocate for up-and-coming illustrators through his very active online presence and his participation in various creative panels. For the second half of the show, we have a great conversation with Twin Cities-based James O’Brien about his 20+ year career as a professional illustrator, as well as his experience as both an instructor and mentor in his time teaching, advising and leading in collegiate-level education. Jim addresses some insightful strategies for overcoming fear, the benefits of a visual journal, and some incredibly thoughtful advice on how to keep going if you really want to be in a creative field.
I did a wonderful interview with Lindsay, Jenny and the crew at Light Grey Art Lab. My interview focuses mostly on motivation and overcoming odds where James O'brien (amazing illustrator by the way) follows up my interview with some insightful things to say about going the distance. If you have an hour and change, take a minute to check it out. :)