February 2, 2006
Which is harder... writing or illustrating?
So which is harder... writing or illustrating?
No question about it, for me at least, Illustrating is 25 times more difficult than writing.
For me writing is more mysterious. It's a matter of waiting for the planets to align... being on the outlook for insights that reaveal the constellation of a story from start to finish. It's mysterious and impossible to define.
But doing artwork is LOTS more work!
Imagine if writing was as difficult as illustration.
Imagine if every sentence had a color that needed to match the paragraph... that each word in each sentence required the exact placement of pen on paper... the exacting curve of a brushstroke.
Imagine if every letter had to be sublimely crafted so that no one letter would stand out to obscure the design of the sentence.
Imagine if every time you used the same word you had to recreate it from a blank page.
Imagine if after writing an entire page of 350 words, you screwed up on a sentence and had to entirely blank out the entire page and begin again from the start.
Writing requires a special set of skills and insights into life and stories. But Illustration can drive you NUTS!