â€œAll advice is autobiographical. Itâ€™s one of my theories that when people give you advice, theyâ€™re really just talking to themselves in the past.â€ â€œThe writer Jonathan Lethem has said that when people call something â€˜original,â€™ nine out of ten times they just donâ€™t know the references or the original sources involved.â€ â€œThe artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, thereâ€™s a difference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively. They only collect things that they really love.â€ â€œThe cartoonist Tom Gauld says he stays away from the computer until heâ€™s done most of the thinking for his strips, because once the computer is involved, â€˜things are on an inevitable path to being finished. Whereas in my sketchbook the possibilities are endless.â€™” â€œThe more open you are about sharing your passions, the closer people will feel to your work. Artists arenâ€™t magicians. Thereâ€™s no penalty for revealing your secrets.â€ â€œThe best way to vanquish your enemies on the Internet? Ignore them. The best way to make friends on the Internet? Say nice things about them.â€ â€œThe trouble with creative work: Sometimes by the time people catch on to whatâ€™s valuable about what you do, youâ€™re either a) bored to death with it, or b) dead. You canâ€™t go looking for validation from external sources. Once you put your work into the world, you have no control over the way people will react to it.â€ â€œWho you marry is the most important decision youâ€™ll ever make. And â€˜marry wellâ€™ doesnâ€™t just mean your life partnerâ€”it also means who you do business with, who you befriend, who you choose to be around.â€Click here to check out all of the creative awesomeness at Austin’s website.
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