I don’t know where I read this but I know that during my degree I learnt that Arthur Rackham wore a tie every time he worked in his studio.
This may be a myth but I feel that he had such respect for his craft that he wouldn’t enter his work place without dressing for the event.
Norman Rockwell worked round the clock and Ronald Searle begged, borrowed and stole paper whilst in a prisoner of war camp to draw as often as possible.
I have studied the working practices of my heroes, not because I want to copy them completely but because their will be a wisdom in their actions and habits.
For example, Quentin Blake talks regularly about the importance of life drawing. I now use a selection of kindle ebooks with reference images in them and I draw from these nearly everyday.
Will Terry, the wonderful illustrator with a series of incredibly useful and inspirational videos on youtube mentions that some people do not know who their heroes are in the creative field that they want to work in. He mentions that if we were talking about sports then all of the want-to-be sports people out their would know exactly who their heroes are and what technical aspects of their game are specific to that person.
As creatives we need to have studied the work of those who have gone before so we can add that knowledge to our own working practices and enhance our own work.
See full post here: iain welch2014-10-26.