Review: Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman, Chip Kidd (Designer)

Deciding to get an art course is to decide on a lot of things.

It’s to decide whether your passion would be enough to put food on the table, to afford a roof over your head, to pay the monthly bills—to earn a living. You’ll have a constant doubt. But you keep moving, until you reached graduation and everything hits you.. you have no damn clue where to start.


Well, reading this one is a good place to start.

Art is such a hard profession to sustain. It’s not like you can get inspiration from the fridge. You have to work all day, inspired or not. It’s not technically work, if you like what you’re doing. But if you do it everyday, it becomes a hobby not a passion.

Because passion* is like a fire. When it burns, it gives off light. Light to guide you where to look and to know where you’re going—it helps you to see. But it’s fragile; you would have to protect it, so that the flame would keep on burning. Cover it with your hands, so the wind won’t kiss it free. But sadly, it’ll go, gone the fire it was once.

Being an artist, I know what it feels like. Neil Gaiman knows what it feels like–to be an artist, to be lost. To not know where you’re going, and not be able to ask anyone, because there is no one to ask. To be so sure of where you’re headed and then suddenly you’re not. To know what to do, but not know how to do it.

It’s nice to get some inside information from people who went ahead of you. They give you certain tips and tricks that you might not expect. Things you overlooked or didn’t even think to look. Most probably, they still don’t know what they’re doing, but they sure know more than you do.

If you want to know what the book contains without having to pay, it’s actually available online—the actual transcript and video. You can watch or read it here. Also here’s what it looks like. I think you, burnners, would appreciate it, if I included some snippets of what it looks like. Hope you like it ❤

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Do I like it: Yes

Recommended to: To people who are unsure

(Fully Booked, Hardcover, P 520)

* – (my) passion, description and/or definition of passion differs per artist


Below are information about this book.

Publication: May 14th 2013 by William Morrow

From Goodreads:

In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman stood at a podium at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts to deliver the commencement address. For the next nineteen minutes he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength: he encouraged the students before him to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to make good art.

This book, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman’s inspiring speech. Whether bestowed upon a young artist beginning his or her creative journey, or given as a token of gratitude to an admired mentor, or acquired as a gift to oneself, this volume is a fitting offering for anyone who strives to make good art

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