There are many who lust for the simple answers of doctrine or decree. They are on the left and right. They are not confined to a single part of the society. They are terrorists of the mind.
Reading about Queen Victoria has been a passion of mine since, as a child, I came across Laurence Housman's play 'Happy and Glorious,' with its Ernest Shepard illustrations.
Watching a whole cluster of friends, and my own mother, die over quite a short space of time convinced me that purely materialist 'explanations' for our mysterious human existence simply won't do - on an intellectual level.
In any art, you don't know in advance what you want to say - it's revealed to you as you say it. That's the difference between art and illustration.
I love Maira Kalman. She's an amazing illustrator and writer. I've loved her since I was in college, but when I moved to New York and experienced the same city she was drawing and writing about, I developed a whole new appreciation. Her work made me observe everything so much deeper and more joyfully.
I didn't go to school for illustration. I did larger pieces, mostly drawings and paintings, and minored in video, but when I moved to N.Y.C., I didn't have a studio space anymore and downsized to my desk and started illustrating. I started a greeting card company and sold cards all over the city.
I don't think there's anything like love at first sight. What happens is actually lust at first sight.
Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed and anger.
In the future, I'd like to continue being honest with myself and admit when I'd be better off asking someone else to illustrate my writing.
Even if I did have, you know, a 'Sports Illustrated' body, I'd still wear elegant clothes.