9 lives of mercutio blog

  1. 10 Things an Art Director Wants

    Date 06 Sep 2017
    “If you, my fellow copy writers or art directors, want to win the award, devote your genius to making the cash register ring.” – David Ogilvy, The Father of Advertising While I’ve spent much of my career working as a graphic designer, freelance illustrator, product photographer, and copy writer, it…

  2. The Power of Negative Thinking

    Date 14 Aug 2017
    “At school, nobody seemed to like me, which allowed me a lot of free time to wander around in my own head. When you’re in pain, you need a release - for me it was writing and drawing.” - Tim Burton, Artist & Director  Years ago, I went to an exhibition…

  3. Time to Purge

    Date 10 Jul 2017
    “In purging ourselves of diseases we create, we become magnificent people.”  - Judith Light “All set?” called George, as he shut the back of his dad’s pickup. “Just this!” I said, climbing into the passenger’s seat with a bag of clothes in my lap. Boxes and furniture tied down, we were…

  4. You’re Not a Real Artist!

    Date 15 Jun 2017
    “A medical student is not a doctor. An art student is not an artist.” – written on a bathroom wall at the Massachusetts College of Art When I was a kid, I self-published a magazine. They were hand-drawn on the back of used printer paper that my dad would…

  5. Finding Your Zone

    Date 21 May 2017
    “The mind is pretty powerful. In skating, you learn to click into that zone and focus not necessarily on what you’re doing but if you’re doing it well.” – Dorothy Hamill  For some, getting in the zone is not easy. Whether the work or hobby you enjoy is in a…

  6. What You Were Born to Do

    Date 01 May 2017
    “I am not afraid – I was born to do this!” - Joan of Arc  When I was very young, I found great joy in drawing on everything. I got in trouble for drawing mustaches on Richard Nixon in my dad’s Newsweek magazine or putting fish on the model’s heads in…

  7. I Can’t Even Draw a Straight Line!

    Date 20 Mar 2017
    “You can always fail at what you don’t want, so might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” - Jim Carrey, actor/comedian  Throughout my career in design and teaching, the most common thing heard from clients, friends, and students has been, “ “I can’t even draw a straight line!” …

  8. Night Owl, Morning Bird

    Date 04 Jan 2017
    “I am both a night owl and a morning bird. So, I am both wise and I have worms.” - Michael Scott, author “Night Owl” by M.D. Campbell © 2017 All rights reserved. Meet the Night Owl I am a night owl. A freak in the dark. Wide eyed and…

  9. The Colors of Christmas

    Date 17 Dec 2016
    “Christmas is not only getting too commercial, it’s getting too dangerous!” - Linus Van Pelt Consumerism vs. Religion No matter what you celebrate at this time of year, the holidays, for many, can be a stark contrast between a season of joy and a complete nightmare; between revitalizing our spirit and…

  10. The Vote on Voting

    Date 05 Nov 2016
    “The 2016 election has been an embarrassment both to and for our country.” - citizens of the United States of America The Fire Breathing Monster and The Snake-Tongued Devil When I was a child, I remember drawing a picture of Richard Nixon naked. I had been looking at my Dad’s…

  11. Make Time for Art!

    Date 26 Oct 2016
    My current favorite watercolor field kit. Sakura from Japan $25 “You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” - Barbara Sher When I was about…

  12. Keys to Success (feat. The Trolling Agneses)

    Date 23 Sep 2016
    “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso If you search Google for “the keys to success,” you’ll get about 126,403 different sites, all lending advice on a variety of ways to succeed. Some sites address money, others eating and diet, and some will discuss networking or encourage…

  13. Disagree Without Fear!

    Date 13 Sep 2016
    “You can disagree with people and debate over their positions with issues without engaging in the politics of personal destruction.” – Hillary Clinton Clinton, despite her quote above, and Trump have been indulging us with their “politics of personal destruction” for months now and their vitriolic attacks are usually reserved for divorce…

  14. Stifled By Social Media?

    Date 07 Sep 2016
    “If social media is too much for you to handle, then don’t have a Twitter or Facebook account – just be yourself!” – Khloe Kardashian Today, while searching for a reference image on the internet, I found myself on Facebook, again. First, I checked messages. Looked at notifications. And then…

  15. Everyone’s a Critic!

    Date 02 Sep 2016
    “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.” – Malcolm X Throughout history, if people listened to critics, we’d likely have no art, no music, or literature. Successful people often ignore critics, picking apart hidden truths within the critique. Gleaning useful bits and learning to apply them can be a difficult process, but mostly…

  16. The Enviable Truth Behind Envy

    Date 31 Aug 2016
    “Envy comes from people’s lack of belief in their own gifts.” – Jean Vanier, philosopher If you look up the word, “envy,” it’s defined as, “a feeling of discontent, discord, or resentment aroused by the success, possession, abilities, qualities, or good fortune of others.” Much of the angst and strife…

  17. The Problem is All In Your Head

    Date 30 Aug 2016
    “We can’t solve our problems with the same thinking used to create them.” – Albert Einstein Years ago, I lived in an apartment infested with mites. Little green nasties in every crevice, which saw me as an endless buffet and mountain for their leisure strolls. For months, I lost my reason,…

  18. When Motivation Takes a Vacation

    Date 28 Aug 2016
    “When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.” – Michael Jordan For me, the best time of the day is 4 - 5am in the morning, when I become Will Smith in…

  19. If You Park On Your Talent, Shame On You!

    Date 25 Aug 2016
    “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” – Lorenzo, the father in A Bronx Tale  That quote has stayed with me ever since I saw the film in the theater, years ago.  When I get into that zone of self-pity and that my art isn’t good enough, or that…

  20. Working from Home = Time-Travel

    Date 23 Aug 2016
    “Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.” – Stephen Hawking Ever take a long drive and when you get to your destination, you can’t quite remember the…

  21. 9 Lives of Mercutio

    Date 23 Aug 2016
    “A best friend brings out the best in you.” – Henry Ford When Shakespeare wrote Romeo & Juliet, he gave Romeo a best friend, Mercutio, that was idealistically as loyal and devoted as they come. He also gave Romeo a pure rival, Tybalt, whose name echoes the name Tibert, from…

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