Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Am I Growing?

Here are my thoughts on growth as an illustrator (nutshell version).

• Growth happens if you are working consistently. 

• Growth doesn’t always look like growth (that big pile of  sketches in the trash is growth).

• Expect growing pains (read: rejection).

• Growth comes in spurts. Or at least noticeable growth comes in spurts (book contract!). But you’re always growing, as long as you’re working, even a little.

Three things that are anti-growth:

1.  Comparison. Just want to make the distinction between learning from others and comparing yourself to others.    Learning = Good. Comparing = Despair

2. Comparing leads to should-ing on yourself. Don't do it... messy.

3. Comparing yourself to others.

Yes, I did list comparison 3 times. It makes you feel bad. I think it makes you feel bad even if you’re on a roll and on top of the world because you are focused outside of your business. Your business is being the wonderful, creative, growing being that you are, whether you are a wee one, a giant one, or somewhere in between.

Keep working, keep growing!


  1. Ah, thanks Kimberly. I needed a reminder like this just now. Onward!

  2. Just what I needed to read. Thanks for the wise words, Kimberly!