Yesterday I finished a documentary about Miyazaki called The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. I also finished listening to Marc Maron interviewing Werner Herzog on his WTF podcast. It felt serendipitous that these two great artists were visiting me at the same time. Both directors were refreshing in their own way. Miyazaki chain smoking at his little desk in his big studio. He wasn't secluded from the rest of his staff. He just sat there working in his little white apron finishing his last film. He often expressed doubt in himself and his studio but in such a Japanese poetic way. Then there was Herzog. So German. So sure of himself and who he was as an artist (and BTW, Marc handled Herzog like a boss!). Here were two shining examples of artists being themselves and just doing what they do. As dumb as it sounds, its easy to forget that you need to be you and the people out there that are telling you to follow a prescription or a method to work are wrong. Its why Seth Godin refuses to let people know his routine. He often talks about Stephen King's pencil. People want to know what sort of pencil King uses in hopes of emulating or stealing the "magic" of what he does. It's the person not the pencil. Its good to remember that as an artist to trust in your own process.
Ben J Hutchison
I am an aspiring children's book writer and illustrator.