"Drawing has a particular and seemingly universal anxiety connected to it. There are so many other activities that people are happy to not be especially experienced or even good at, where the stakes are generally much higher, like cooking a meal, or writing. There’s a sense that people are embarrassed that they lack a basic syntax of image-making, and will look foolish if their efforts are ‘wrong." -Christopher Muller
Artist: Chris Muller
Base: Brooklyn, New York
Education: B.A.- University of California,
Davis M.F.A.- New York University
Teaching Gigs: Visiting Associates Arts Professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, department of Design for Stage and Film
Specialties: Storyboard art for film and television; illustration for children’s books and many publications; set design; and teaching.
Here’s your Friday treat, because who doesn’t need something beautiful and fun to help wrap up their week? What you’re seeing above is a selection of my favorite Chris Muller illustrations. This past summer, I was having a difficult time overcoming my fear of drawing people, so a friend introduced me to Chris.
I remember the first time I visited Chris’s blog, Fig Drawing, I instantly fell in love with his illustrative style. By the way, as much as art teachers try to help you develop your own artistic voice, in my experience most of the time that teacher’s artistic sensibilities will reflect in your own work. I loved Chris’s artistic sensibilities and definitely wanted them reflecting in my work, so I couldn’t wait for him to start mentoring me. I will be discussing the importance of mentors more on this blog. They really can make a tremendous difference in an artist’s life.
Since Chris has begun mentoring me, my drafting skills have improved by leaps and bounds. I’ve received so many kind messages from friends and family who are inspired by how much I’ve grown artistically. Most of that improvement I owe to Chris. Besides being an extremely talented illustrator, he’s an excellent teacher and probably one of the kindest people I know. I’m sure if you asked any of his current or former art students at NYU, they would wholeheartedly agree. He has taught me that most of drawing is psychological. You have to learn techniques for quieting the constant yammering of your inner critic. Through his guidance and encouragement, I am finally learning how to overcome my fear of failure and draw as my heart desires.
I will be interviewing Chris next week about his journey as an illustrator in New York City. Stay tuned!
P.S. Chris has promised me that he will update his blog. In the meanwhile, I highly recommend you stop on over and read his insights about drawing.