Oh we are special

A simple one for today, trying out a different way of lettering. It was fun to doodle even if it took longer than expected to complete the draft.

Two friends had commented that they would buy my t-shirts if I produce them, and one of them said, “Oh we are special” when I told her that they are now in my exclusive mailing list (exclusive because there is no one else on it now lol).

Oh we are special handlettering on moleskine cahier

Pencil draft

Oh we are special handlettering on moleskine cahier

With my trusty Micron and Monologue pencil

It means a lot when I get such supportive feedback. These are the little things that warm my heart. It is easy to lose heart, when I spend time drawing or handlettering with a tiny hope that hey this could be the ONE that gives me a break, but get no more than a few likes here and there. Social media is instant and it leads to the false hope that a big break would be rather instantaneous too. It is disappointing when support does not roll in fast, and I’d wonder if I’ll ever be good enough, where am I headed to etc. etc.

“I tell you all this because it’s worth recognizing that there is no such thing as an overnight success. You will do well to cultivate the resources in yourself that bring you happiness outside of success or failure. The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive. At that time, we turn around and say, yes, this is obviously where I was going all along.”

Bill Watterson 

Kenyon College Commencement

20 May 1990

As with many others, I grew up on Calvin and Hobbes and Bill Watterson is my hero. His words made me realise that I am happy enough to share my work, whether to a standing ovation or to the dry cackle of tumbleweed. Positive feedback of course gives me the strength to push on, but it also cannot be the sole sustenance I rely on.

So, I am heartened whenever kind words come my way and I will cherish them. At all other times, whether in a feedback drought or a storm hail of negative comments, I shall still persist.

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