On a cold, winter day, my wife and I ventured off to Northpark Mall in Dallas, Texas for an art event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.
While there, I had the opportunity to share advice on the creative process and what it took to get my webcomic started:
Do Not Stop Creating
Keep creating the art that you create. Why!? Because, in this day and time, our lives depends on it.
So much is going on and people should express themselves and share their story through art and creativity.
Step Outside of Your Box of Influence
Learn and grow and do something different and challenging. Learn from other groups, other people and other cultures.
As you learn and grow, you’ll find your work influenced. But, also, you’ll find your work get better and better.
I could never have created the webcomic that tells the story of middle school students had I not worked in Youth Ministry or had I not worked around young people who are in the process of growing up.
Keep Telling Your Story
It is so important, now more than ever, to tell your story.
My story is of the kid who was “different” and struggled to fit in. But, I’m in a different place now and I’m a better person in spite of the struggles I’ve been through.
Telling your story could inspire and encourage someone else whose either hesitant or going through really deep and difficult challenges.
Remember Those Before Us
Because of Dr. King, we were able to share with one another and celebrate the freedom we have because of the fight for Civil Rights.
There are countless others throughout history that we should remember and recognize who have made a difference for the rights of women, minorities and people from various backgrounds.
I create what I create in an effort to exercise the appreciation I have for those who went before me. I create because I know I have a story to tell and I’m blessed to be able to do so. I create because I know someone else needs it.
It’s fun for me, but it may be therapeutic for someone else too.