Artists - Cartoonists Business of Cartooning Ramblings & Reviews

When you wish upon a star…

Just got this notification via Linkedin.


My response to this piece of motivational simplicity…


Just to be clear – if you dream it you can then hopefully motivate yourself to work hard and pursue it. Ideas and dreams are nothing without the painstaking exertion of effort – and even that doesn’t guarantee success.

A view most clearly expressed in the first Rocky film - not so much in the endless sequels and remakes that followed...
A view most clearly expressed in the first Rocky film – not so much in the endless sequels and remakes that followed…

And drawing doesn’t come “naturally” for me, hard work actually plays a role.
That’s why I always wince inwardly when people tell me “to have fun with it” when asking for a commission.


The family knows I’m having “fun” when they can hear me from my studio
swearing like a crazed lunatic.


It goes along the same lines as “Do what you love” or “follow your bliss”. How Joseph Campbell explains it it’s a way to find meaning in life – on the flip side it can be narcissistic and devalues hard labor. I hear people coming out of art school saying how they never want their art to be “a job” – that they want it to stay their passion. In the real world the old adage 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration applies. I think of my drawing ability as a skill set, not an art. Not that I can’t pursue art, but it’s important to recognize the trade value and business side if want to continue to make a living doing it.

So just remember it’s not all about achieving your dreams…


Unless of course your destination is Mars,
then it’s all about getting back to Dejah Thoris…

John Carter by Frank Frazetta
John Carter by Frank Frazetta

But I digress…

Just remember it’s all about the journey.
So to end, here’s Journey with Don’t Stop Believin’…

By Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip. From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.