I've long held a grudge against people who dismiss things made by art-directed folks like myself citing 'oh, but you're a creative, or you're an arty person'. I've found that kind of qualifier sounds derogatory, and takes for granted a life spent learning one's trade- whether you believe in natural talent or not. Even using the word 'creative' bothers me, but without the tone it captures what we do so wonderfully.
We create. We bring into existence things that previously were not. We get to use our sense of taste and judgement to sculpt into being ideas and theories, only applying real world practicalities as we deem necessary. If they are golden, they can live beyond us, and reach more people than we could ever hope touch, smell, see, or hear (or taste XD) in our brief span. That's an amazing opportunity and privilege.
I don't think the medium matters really. Comics, TV, Games, Film, they're all wonderful and have such uncharted potential it makes me giddy just being alive. There is so much to be done, and so many wonderful people doing it. There's been a lot of times where I feel like I'm running uphill, but there's also been some magical times where it feels like I'm flying. The first time I saw Cosmo dancing around in one of my backgrounds I nearly cried. I no longer saw the lines and the tones, nor the animator's flash interface. I saw a world, with people living and breathing on it. Again when I did a design for a machine and then later found a 3d version had been made of it (toonshaded). It was a genuine Penny Crayon moment. I built that idea, and to then see it turn around, looking exactly as I imagined it was pretty mindblowing. I've been blessed to have friends (and by friends I mean
) do 3d sculpts of my work too, and that's a whole different feeling. Magical. Pat's influence in translating the design to 3d feels like it's grown legs and is acting of it's own accord, growing as its own thing. It feels like magic.
It's worth noting that all the BEST moments in my life, creatively, have all been collaborative. In comics it's probably Danger Academy or Reed Gunther. In TV, it's Cosmo. In film, the Illusionist. My solo stuff, while enjoyable, has never given me that same rush. Not until other people get involved. Then it can be magic.
So draw, write, collaborate. Make films, write stories, make a comic! It's addictive, it's fun, it's additive. Imagine you wrote the story that saved someone's life when they were down, or inspired them to change the world. What if your story IS what changes the world, and what if, what if, what if....and that's how stories begin.