"Picture-making is one variety, among many, of design, of invention. The working-area is defined: the visual field, or more precisely, visual sensation. The elements are defined: colours. The means are given: proportions. Thus the craft is: to combine colours, to fix proportions and to link the two together, to integrate."
"The future fans out in brilliance, powered by imagination and ego and hope and a thousand other things, but all that glory can be condensed across time into the choice to sit and write words down. It doesn't even have to be done well--that's what revision is for. It just has to be completed. There is such a space, a stretch of desert, between imagining something, writing it, and then finishing it. Execution is a particular discipline, something built out of corded rigor, tight and greased with sacrificial blood. There are many components to this spell; how to make the task at hand the only one that is real; how to work when you don't want to; how to summon your want and collar it for your purposes, setting it to work."
Excerpt from the chapter “Execution | Dear Nonso” in Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir , by Akwaeke Emezi
"All I did every day was draw. Images rose up one after another, so fast that I had difficulty capturing them all. And it is the same today, after more than sixty year of drawing and painting. My main intention has always been to record the images before they vanish"
Donald Glover in an interview with The New Yorker: “Authenticity is the journey of figuring out who you are through what you make.”
If you make no effort to unify your identity, it comes as a pleasant surprise when patterns are discovered between your disparate activities and projects.
Pleasant as in the pleasantness of clarity in something that was previously opaque.