I made these little Emily-cartoons to illustrate the short talk I gave this past weekend at the XOXO Conference here in Portland. The day I spoke was all about the stories of creators who had built something on their own terms, and these little drawings served to help me illustrate the beginning of my story.
Clockwise, we have (briefly):
1.) Fresh out of art school, I assumed I'd have to work in the service industry.
2.) And I did. But I also worked on creating The Black Apple at night.
3.) When, at last, I was working for myself, I was able to wander where my heart desired and make anything my heart desired.
4.) The only problem is, sometimes there are too many things I want to make!
Gathering up all my courage to give the talk to hundreds of XOXO folks was tricky, but I'm happy I did. And giving a lot of thought to how things began and how things have grown and changed since I graduated from art school in 2005 was a nice reminder that I've been doing something with my time, lo, these past seven years!
We spent most of Saturday afternoon at the festival, where ebullience and enthusiasm very nearly shimmered in the air. People were very kind and excited to be there, and the warmth with which Andy & Andy organized the whole shebang reverberated in everyone's good spirits and up into the rafters of the beautiful old brick building that housed it.
I think all of the talks will be online eventually, and I'll be sure to post when they are. I'm pretty certain the talk went smoothly (I hope it did?). Also pretty certain I'm the only speaker to refer to both Art School Confidential and The Velveteen Rabbit, which will scarcely surprise you.