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Hello, my name is Daniel Goffin. This blog is about toys from an artist's perspective and art from the perspective of toys.

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James Jean interview in the latest Juxtapoz→

missmonstermel:

oxboxer:

johnleedraws:

So, when I decided to get into illustration around 2007, it was kind of the height of the “James Jean era”, where he could do no wrong and everyone wanted to make work like his, myself included (except, of course, I couldn’t draw as well as he could and can).

This recent interview with him is really strange. Apparently, he’s been going through a terrible divorce that has no end in sight, and is psychologically fractured and completely broke, despite his (I’m sure we’d all agree) meteoric success.

I guess it’s just easy in all of this hustle, of all the “self-promotion”, contracts, networking, clients, and whatever to lose sight of how we are all defining ourselves in terms of success. Illustrators tend to have a very set way of measuring success. If you support yourself full-time, make a good living doing so, have a large big name client list, and win all of the right prestigious awards, we view you as successful. 

But I mean, obviously that’s not correct. Right? Success by that definition has literally been the one thing that has been James’ “undoing.” 

I don’t know what to think really, and it’s hard to say based on this interview (which is completely weird, the interviewer must have had set questions that they had to ask, and didn’t engage in a dialog at all), but I will say that it’s kind of heartbreaking to see one of your heroes stumble. 

Ooof, that is a rough read.

This is completely fucking heartbreaking. The world is backwards.

I agree, there is absolutely no dialogue. The last question must be the worst. Instead of being funny it only shows how little the interviewer has been listening.

chrisryniak:

Galivant & the Huskyshumbler make their grand entrance at #migration with @amandalouisespayd  at @strangerfactory

chrisryniak:

Galivant & the Huskyshumbler make their grand entrance at #migration with @amandalouisespayd at @strangerfactory