Thursday, June 11, 2009

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY





Passion for Life is my latest book, giving insight into my philosophies in life drawing and life itself. With over 200 figure drawings in many different styles and techniques, Passion for Life will inspire and give you a look into the art of life drawing with a whole new perspective never seen before. Passion for life, and all it contains is an insightful book, not just for the drawings, but the message it sends. The quotes, and inspirational thoughts, are not just for artists, but for anyone who aspires to be happy, content and productive.
What I would like to do again is giveaway 2 free copies. I have found that many artists are working but not following their real passion, and have the desire to do something different with their art other than what it is they are actually doing. So I ask this question?
If you woke up tomorrow and had the opportunity to be doing that one special thing you really want to be doing, what would it be?
All you have to do is leave a comment on the post and put your website or blog URL so people can see what you do. There is no right or wrong, on Monday, June 29th I will do a live video post where I will place everyone's name in a bowl and pick the two winners .
And if you can't wait, you can order my book directly @ http://silvertoons.com/store.html or click on the title. All books come signed with an original sketch of course.
Good luck!

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Scott Forbes said...

I'd want to be writing, drawing, inking and coloring my own original graphic novel. Simple as that.

Scott Forbes
http://scofo.net

Brandon said...

I could say work at Pixar/Disney or any other big studio, but all I want to do is have a job animating and creating stories and characters. Ive been on a long journey trying to get where I want to be and I keep hitting brick walls (cant finish school now and currently not working). It doesnt matter how big or small the studio, ill be happy being able to do what I love for a living. Ill get there. Im closer than Ive ever been.

www.brandonvfletcher.com

Chris Cookson said...

I am a fan of potential free stuff

www.cjcookson.com

kamikasepower said...

I would like to be working in the art and design of my own indie pc game =)

www.posterama.com.br

Barry Kelly said...

I want to be interpreting written word in to visual image. In the fields of Comics, Animation, Film and whatever future forms of visual storytelling.

www.barryjkelly.com

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Cody Garcia said...

Haha like Brandon, I immediately thought, "PIXAR!" But I agree with him - Id want to be a well established character designer/illustrator. I'd love to work for myself, and be able to share my work with magazines, cartoons, commercials, and feature films!

http://codygarcia.blogspot.com

Nathan Andrew Kacirek said...

I love thinking creatively.I could be drawing,doodling or designing web pages. I love it all. However I enjoy designing web pages the most. http://www.nateandrew.com/blog/

Dhar said...

I want to produce an animated cartoon for the children of Iraq and Afghanistan that would inspire them to turn a new leaf and look towards a future of peace and tolerance. To give children hope and a positive outlook.

Thank you for your inspirational work and thoughts, Stephen.

Geofftoons said...

Hi Stephen, I don't know what the magic words are to get a book, but I certainly would use it, learn from it, and appreciate it.

I've been a working professional cartoonist for the last 20 years, but I'm completely self-taught, and have learned almost everything I know about cartooning and drawing from books. I've never had a mentor, and have always had to try and figure it out for myself, and books have always been a good guide. And since I doubt I'll have the opportunity to hang over your shoulder watching you draw any time soon, your book would be the next best thing to learning your thoughts, techniques, and methods to creating.

And if the above doesn't work, how about, "Ooh, ooh!! Pick Me! Pick Me! ; )

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Matt said...

Like some of the others who have commented before me, I would love to develop a graphic novel.

I illustrate and do portrait work:
fuzzbelly.blogspot.com

Tom said...

I'd like to be a full time art teacher at a middle school/high school. I'd also like to have a successful side career making my own comics.

http://traversart.blogspot.com/

Dekard said...

I'd love to be able to give back to the people and help others learn to love to draw and the joy and stress relief art brings me.

Jeremy Lindstrom
http://www.jeremylindstrom.com

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Aisleen said...

I would love to be a character designer for a 2D animated film. Its something I love doing, and something that really inspires me to work. As long as Im creating with other creative, open minded, emotionally driven people, I'll be happy.

http://spooypress.blogspot.com

Brent Noll said...

I would go to Sea World and hustle customers by Singing Theme music from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with an orchestral back up. Then I would draw epic Caricatures of them.

I would also have a sweet costume with a hat and a cane.

http://brentnoll.blogspot.com/

ChrisNeuenschwander said...

I would be doing something very similar to what I am doing now, without the financial pressures and without having to deal with politics within the park. I love drawing live, I love learning new things (school) and I love experiencing life. I would love the chance to draw and create only for me and make a living out of it. I have so many ideas and not enough time to get them oooooout!!!!

http://www.ChrisNeuenschwander.com
http://www.ChrisNeuenschwander.Blogspot.com

Draw Monkey said...

I would love to be a self-imployed, highly respected and sought out artist. I'd love the opportunity to work abroad, get inspired by seeying a sunrise across the globe... or be a space pilot... with a wookie sidekick... yeaahh, that would be saweeeet!

www.renedaigle.blogspot.com

Chiky said...

I would love to go out and take some photos.

José Betancur
www.betancur.org

Sean (53AN) Gardner said...

Looks like a great book, I sure know your seminar at this years NCN convention was not only very helpful, but motivational.

www.5gcaricatures.com

Onymations said...

I want to make music, take photos, travel, animate feelings and enjoy life.

Matt Onheiber
www.onymations.blogspot.com

drewB said...

Why not? Always been a fan of your work.

drewblom.weebly.com

Comics and animation.

miranda said...

i'd like to be able to get excited about working again!

mirandadressler.blogspot.com

wintermonkey said...

get paid to draw & paint instead of just making websites.

thanks stephen! always inspiring.

http://fab-ri-cate.blogspot.com

Gerry Stankiewicz said...

I would really like to be able to draw the right way so that my artwork can be used by animation studios.

I would like to work in an animation studio, contribute my artwork and ideas to the production of any sort of film, music video etc. Specifically doing character design.

www.gstnk13.blogspot.com
www.stnk13.deviantart.com

Gnarfdeath said...
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Gnarfdeath said...

I'd want to be drawin'!

www.ryetoons.blogspot.com
www.ryanhungerford.com

Jason Newkirk said...

already working for Disney Interactive and been in games for 12 yrs. I'd love to illustrate some kids books once I get better at drawin. Workin hard at it...You're always an inspiration Silver!

http://newsquirt.blogspot.com

Barry said...

I would like to run my own studio creating properties and visual development for movies, animation, comics and other entertainment. It would also be great to be working together in this studio with other inspiring artists!

http://barryprioste.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the giveaway Stephen!

Pasquale said...

I want to be working with many other fun & creative people.

I left Australia to move to Vancouver just recently to find people, mingle with them, and get some fun projects off the ground.

I want to keep doing what I'm doing!

Pasquale D'Silva
http://darkmotion.com

dwilson said...

Give me a shot at developing props, backgrounds, or color keys and I am in Nirvana. So that's what I'm working towards-giving myself assignments to move closer.

Stephen thanks for being a major promoter of doing what you love, and working your tail off until you get it.

wilsonillustration.blogspot.com
www.davidwilsonillustration.com

thanks.

James Richardson said...

I think what I would like to wake up to tomorrow would be working as a Disney Imagineer. I would love to be able to work on the concept designs for the rides.

http://www.monstercola.deviantart.com

Omar "OX" Rodriguez said...

If I woke up tomorrow...ant it was what I wanted to do...that would be, teaching art to kids and adults. Doing my own childrens book. Having my animation studio, releasing animations that when people see it they enjoy life just a little bit more.Sculpting everyday of my life. Be near my family and give as much as I can to the community, be it art wise or something the like. Keep taking great art classes once a year, do portraits for a bunch of people...Pixar has always been in my dreams(or another big studio)to finally see my name on the Big Screen I guess...but I know I can do so much bigger things for others.Go to art conventions multiple times a year, so that I can meet and network with many other artist. Expand my possibilities with art.Market art well. Inspire people like you and Bobby Chiu and many other artist.Make sure it changes someones life. Be remembered as one of the greatest.Enjoy life more.

...Thanks again Stephen for this great opportunity. The modern artist like yourself has so much impact on the community nowadays, because of the internet...that is something I wanna do.

omarrod.blogspot.com
omarani.blogspot.com

Chris G. said...

I would want to have the confidence and skill to write and illustrate my own children's book ideas. Some are simple stories, and others are geared to help kids understand difficult issues in life.

http://stychentyme.blogspot.com/

Aik said...

Sketching and designing web pages or layouts!

Please rate my sketch here:
http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com/2009/04/hand-sketching.html

aikychien at yahoo dot com

abhijeet sinha said...

hii steven sir again many thx for the compliments that you had given on my blog.

i will draw characters and many characters.give them the life with animation.i will also like to them on my t-shirt,barmuda,coffee cup,father'helmet.everywhere.on others thingstoo.
just me and my characaters.And for future i will start them as business in soft toys and other things.. for some monetary needs.

bless you and your family steven byeeeeeeeeeeee


abhijeetgraphics.blogspot.com

Y /\ Z /\ N said...

i want to become a professional character designer, and do some fine art and digital art on the side.

Yazan Khalifeh
Amman, Jordan

www.yazankhalifeh.com

Kev said...

Designing and creating my own characters and other artwork for my own properties, books etc. Basically, MY creations for MY projects for ME, and not someone else or some company or any of that. And getting paid VERY well for it.

Kev
http://www.kevinrichter.com
http://kevsketch.blogspot.com
http://www.maxgorilla.com

Stephen James. said...

It's a very cool book Mr. Silver. Best of luck.

AlTri said...

I draw just because I like it! I need to improve my inking, I know, And I would like to publish my own comic!

http://guolfo.blogspot.com/

Justin Ollevier said...

Character Design is my main focus currently, but I really want to continue growing and learning as an artist within the animation industry.

http://justinollevier.blogspot.com/

Gabriel Olson said...

Drawing. I want to wake up tomorrow and draw. In my career I want to keep doing what I love, and that is creating art, 2d or 3d.

www.gabrielolsonart.blogspot.com

Tracey said...

I'd be creating character designs for either a fantasy or sci-fi project at a studio. Whether the studio is big or small doesn't really matter as long as the atmosphere has a nice vibe. :)

traceyflores.blogspot.com

Thank you always for your inspirational posts Stephen!

K. W. Broad said...

I would love to either be a major respected and sought concept artist or illustrator, creating for projects that will enlighten or inspire the masses (ie. Pixar or Ghibli; hey, I can dream).
Alternatively I wouldn't mind being a director of films, animated or live action. But with my focus being on art, that seems a bit further of a stretch.

http://kwbroad.blogspot.com

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tazman said...
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tazman said...

i want to do a cartoon that inspires people to be more good in the world not because it is the right thing to do but because it is a way of expressing and discovering yourself

Dancerene said...

I want to draw caricatures of inspirational people and sell my drawings over the internet.

www.dancerene.blogspot.com
http://dancerene.xanga.com/

Antonio Radovcic said...

I'd wake up and do kickass illustrations with women and typo in them.

Melisa said...

I want to wake up to a sunny day and go to the park and do some sketching or watercolor with a friend =D

http://chocoloid.deviantart.com/

Paul McCall said...

Lately my dream is to be able to drive all over the country (and perhaps other countries) and stop to paint wherever, whatever and whoever looks intersting.
http://www.paulmccall.com/
http://mccalls.paulmccall.com/
http://www.paulmccall.com/blog/

Nicole said...

I would like to wake up tomorrow and be learning from an inspirational mentor. An artist whose work I admire and who I think has beautiful philosophies in terms of art and animation.

http://nicolekozak.blogspot.com

A. Bair said...

I'd like to enter the contest please! =) Thank you.

http://abairportfolio.com

Tom Dell'Aringa said...

I'd want to be working on my own comics and original stories and artwork, just like Marooned (below)

http://www.maroonedcomic.com

Tom

Eiko said...

I would like to wake up and finding myself being productively working on my own stories as a comic book artist. Thanks for the inspiration Stephen!

http://tinyeiko.blogspot.com

Howard said...

Creating stories, whether I illustrate them, or not. It's what I dream of doing, and something that I can do at anytime. The only thing I'd like to throw into the mix is getting paid to do it.

sethhoward.wordpress.com

Nancy Zonneveld said...

Be an animal character designer for animation TV series. Only drawing sketches of characters because the sketches are the most important. At the moment I also do coloring, animating,backgrounds etc. but I would like to only do the character to become really good in that.

And only animals because I think too less people focus on animals, at least where I live in the Netherlands. (there is no Disney here). It would be great if even other illustrators hired me because there are animals in the project and they think I'm better at it :)

(I DO like the book with people drawings btw, since it's no reality yet and have to keep improving my people too ;))

jon said...

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Normally I'd say, I'd like to draw out that comic strip that's been rattling around in my head. But today my inlaws had to put their dog to sleep, bringing back memories of when I had to do that.

I think right now, I'd like to do something artistic to help out family pets in some way. What, dunno, but it'd be nice to do something good for them.

http://100kmbd.blogspot.com/

David Leonard said...

I would like to do freelance character development. And take my wife and two girls camping.

davidleonard.com

Lee Yong Yi said...

I would like to create a really nice and meaningful 2d art piece for myself and give it to someone who likes it as much as i do.

-yongs
http://yongsart.blogspot.com

Brad said...

Holy cow there are alot of posts already!! I would love to work in a "think tank" with other creative cartoonists coming up with characters and story ideas! drawing goofy pictures with people just like me all day exploring different mediums, learning and laughing!

http://bradfordrenner.blogspot.com/

el said...

As much as I love to draw; the pleasure that I get from drawing is from the feeling that I am learning, improving and problem solving. And if there was one thing that I would want to do it would be to draw from life, both the nude figure as well as on the subway and in coffee shops, every day and attempt to learn and become more than I am.

It's not as ambitious a dream as creating characters, or writing comic books... but it truly gives me enormous pleasure to draw from life.

http://sillywaddle.blogspot.com

Nick Weidner said...

In a perfect world I would be a creative designer for video games, features and series...but being able to work in all three at the same time is very unlikely. Simply I would like to be a designer and contribute ideas to the project and develop them, rather than simply produce ones that have already been developed. Pre-production is where I wanna be mostly, but given the opportunity I would love to produce my own games and films.

http://nickweidner.blogspot.com/

Ryan said...

I would love to illustrate a children's picture book.

www.doodlemasters.com

Rob Bodnar said...

Oh...ummm...I would like to create my own comic books with various themes owned and published by me and my friends. The comics would become cartoons. The cartoons will become films and movies. The characters in the cartoons and movies will become action figures and merchandise. The characters will have their own theme park with rides. My friends and family and I will ride on the rides for free. That's all. I have bought all your books a free one would be nice. Thanks for reading.

Rob Bodnar
Artist, Designer, Engineer.
http://robbodnar.blogspot.com

Josh Taback said...

Animate in features TRADITIONALLY! Work on my own comic book. Be creatively involved in Feature Films. It would be great to be successful and creatively satisfied enough to be able to help other people reach their dreams.

http://joshuataback.blogspot.com/

Meridth Gimbel said...

I currently do a lot of freelance for magazines and local clients but I want to move into the children's book world.

This book looks beyond fantastic. I heart figure drawing!!!!

http://meridthgimbel.blogspot.com/

Limely said...

I would just draw all day, in a big game development studio abroad or something. c:
I would also eat icecream and berries for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

http://vanilla-yoghurt.blogspot.com/

mirana said...
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mirana said...

I've been really lucky to do a variety of artistic work. I love the challenge and creativity of that and want to continue, but in my fantasy... I own a duplex, living upstairs while the downstairs is my studio that I share for free, day and night with a bunch of my immensely talented and under-appreciated artist friends. During the day I walk across the street to the local art high school and teach a couple classes. I come home and work on a different project every week with figure drawing at least once a week (b/c then I could pay a model, instead of waiting for the one place here to do it once a month!). I've gotten to do comics and concept work and other illustration works, but there's so much more that sounds like fun! Designing clothes and toys, doing a mini comic, painting a piece bigger than me, etc. Sculpting maquettes is a burning passion that I've never been paid to do (and thus can't do often), but I'm utterly obsessed with. Travelling occasionally for reference and filling my time with visiting all the museums and filling all of my sketchbooks.

Some of the others have mentioned working for particular companies, and I'm sure that would be new and interesting too, but...I think the greatest adventure is the one you take on your own to discover your own voice (if only we all had the money to DO that).

hikarikat.com/mirana
miranareveier.blogspot.com/

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nicole falk said...

http://halloweenville.blogspot.com/

Thanks for this - I would love to own that book! (and free is always better)

Joy said...

I would love to wake up in the morning and wander into my home studio, knowing that I had a back log of childrens' books to illustrate. Some assigned by publishers and some that I've written myself. All having a wonderful lesson to share, be it about helping the environment or just introducing a good character or story that helps a kid understand more about the world they live in.

Thanks for your encouragement and inspiration to all!

joy
http://joystewy.com/

2009 said...

I would travel the world drawing the wonderful architecture indigenous to each country for everyone to see.

Nikki Lukas said...

I'd like to be a concept artist, surrounded by experienced concept artists which I can learn something new from each day.

Nikki L.
nikkissketches.blogspot.com
nikkisportfolio.blogspot.com

Seth said...

Drawing has always been a passion of mine and something that will be a life long pursuit to continue working at. My dream would be to make a living in 2d and 3d animation making short films and traveling the film festival circuit would be my dream!

http://www.sethfair.com

Jonathan said...

I would be making a living from selling things that I had made. Either that or directing a film.

Jonathan kort
www.twitter.com/jkort

donblogs said...

Many things come to mind and I might sound a bit repetitive but. Having the time to create really fun short films being an established DESIGNER and VISUAL STORYTELLER. Oh Be really good at hip hop dancing and breakdancing would be awesome.


www.donblogs.blogspot.com

Art Fan Ako said...

I want to draw and when people look at it, they smile. Hope I win! http://artfanako.blogspot.com

Kirk JORGENSEN said...

Hey Stephen,
First of all, fan of your work; second...who doesn't love free stuff!

TO WAKE UP TOMORROW AND BE DOING WHAT I WANTED...
(career wise)
I'd like to work in feature... ie: @ a studio where you "really" care about what you are working on.
(hobby wise)
Scuba Diving/traveling somewhere warm. I've never done scuba diving before and hope to someday!

CHEERS,
KIRK
http://kirkjorgensen.blogspot.com

ChaosEtc said...

I'd like to be creating things that have a bigger impact on people, and that maybe even helps them in some way.

www.ChaosInColor.com

Adam Temple said...

Great idea Steven! I can't wait to read one!

Adam Temple said...

oops - adamtemple.blogspot.com

Nicole Blume said...

I want to be a character animator in the film industry. Currently I'm a graphic designer by day and animator by night. I love animation and I love telling stories and bringing characters to life.

www.twilighttoons.com

Erik said...

I want my paintings to actually resemble what they look like in my head.
http://erikvanelven.blogspot.com

André said...

I'd love to be able to invert the proportion of time I spend working vs drawing.

http://andregribble.blogspot.com

Brian said...

I'd like to be writing more. I always find reasons not to and lately I feel further from it than when I flat out didn't write.

UTSquishy said...

I've wanted to be an animator since I was 8 years old. I've done some freelancing over the years since I graduated, but I have not been working in the field of Art. Then two weeks ago an opportunity literally just landed in my lap and I found myself on the ground floor of a fledgling Animation Studio.

Richard McLean
http://mrsquishy.blogspot.com —webcomic
http://vizionstudios.blogspot.com —musings
http://vizionsketch.blogspot.com —sketch dump

DIE-go said...

Id like to be designing, directing and voicing the characters for my own animated tv show!

Arlen said...

My work is fine, but it has consumed my life, and pushed my art into the back of my life, I still draw after hours everyday in the hopes of one day being good enough to create the comics I've always wanted to make.

I hope even just drawing 2 hours a day I'll eventually be talented enough to flesh out all of my ideas.

Currently I'm working on a story of a boys adventure to banish evil, except for the fact that he's already dead.

-Arlen Pringle

http://arlenart.blogspot.com/

http://bluur.deviantart.com/gallery

OSC@R said...

first id like to get rid of some of this fear and anxiety i have that i feel holds me back. if i had the chance Id really like to draw for a living that would be the ultimate.

OSC@R said...

http://backpacdays.blogspot.com/
almost forgot.

Nelson said...

I would love to work with caracter design or something like that in a good studio. Not a big one, but honest.

Here is my blog.
www.rabiskera.blogspot.com

Meghan Stratman said...

I would want to be doing illustrations for books and spending all day making art and not just looking at a computer screen.


www.bunnypirates.com

Chowder Monkey said...
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Chowder Monkey said...

I would like to start making more than three comics per week.

Nathan Burgess
http://gitcomic.com

Teburninator said...

I'd be a helicopter pilot in the military. I'd feel patriotic plus I love aircraft. Would be cool flying our troops and supplies while in the sky.

Wile E. Wilster said...

Another great way to look and share with other fellow inspiring artists.

I'm going to San Fran,from Seattle to start on a major new path, great leap into the world, of character animation for a gaming company. It doesn't matter what where, as long as I am happy and is doing animation that I love. Pixar will definitely be a place I'll check out but is not limited to. Animation and art is my passion.

www.phunganimation.com

www.wilewilster.blogspot.com

Zach said...

In the short time I've been alive, I've been very lucky to be able to work for a living while pursuing my creative dreams at night in improv comedy, writing, and drawing... but if I could wake up tomorrow and be doing anything on Earth with my art and writing?

I would be a combination of Neil Gaiman, Paul Pope, and Steve Martin. I would wake up at 6 to go run in Central Park. Afterwards, I would sip green tea while staring at open windows of Final Draft or Scrivener and after finishing at least 10 pages, I would break for lunch and go visit my friends at the UCB Training Center. After a couple of hours or so, I would go home and spend the next few hours sketching and brainstorming ideas for characters or a graphic novel in progress. After that and a nice dinner, I would go meet my friends again and perform a sold-out comedy show a local Manhattan black box theater.

That's the perfect morning for my artistic self.

Cheryl said...

That sounds like a really great book. I want to get my own copy - even if I don't win one!
Cheryl

http://cheryldelosreyescruz.blogspot.com

Adam Garib said...

If i woke up tomorrow morning, and had to choose 1 thing to be doing more than anything else? I would have to say being a head character designer/ concept artists for a major studio (ie blizzard, lucas arts.) Its strange, but i never had much passion for freelance work Ive always been a fan of the whole job hunt process, and making a name for yourself inside a company

Being an art student, i have come to learn and appreciate all types of different art in its various forms, but ever since Ive joined animation as a post secondary education i continue to be passionate about becoming one of those things. albeit a layout artist or prop designer might be an easier and more realistic of choices, i still have a dream and hopefully one day will achieve it.

thank you greatly for this opportunity, and cant wait to check this book out. What an interesting take on life drawing. I know i will give it a shot next time in the studio!

cheers,
Adam

howie said...

I'd be writing r-rated cartoons.

http://showmeyourjunk.blogspot.com

Steve said...

This is a little long winded:

Right now I don't work in the art world. For years I wanted to be a history teacher, but never had luck finding a job after 6 years, so I later transitioned into special ed, got a masters in history but never felt like I was doing what I wanted. My life felt empty and passionless. It wasn't until I started teaching kids how to draw at an after school program, that the possibilities of doing something with art struck me and I reintroduced myself to a love from my childhood.

Throughout elementary, middle, and high school I always drew. I had my own comic strips and everything At some point in high school I even wanted to do something with art and computers, but never followed through and pushed myself toward the teaching field.

Over the last three years I've been trying to develop my skills, but it was a conversation with you at the NY Comic Con in 2009 that really inspired me and encouraged me to move forward. After that I knew that I had found my passion and it was drawing and art. Now I am finally being pulled in a direction. I am slated to go back to school in the fall for a 2nd undergrad degree in 3D animation and digital illustration. Hopefully in a few years I'll be working in the animation industry and eventually be able to do character design and open a private art studio/school where I can teach kids drawing and cartooning basics.

Gerald said...

http://gdedios.blogspot.com/

Always inspiring work Stephen. Just the cover alone is amazingly designed! Just by the teaser photos, it already looks like a book of creative goodness!

I would like to travel the ends of the earth and paint (plein air). And try to fill up as many sketchbooks possible of the places I find, people I meet, and food I eat.

marty said...

Hi Stephen,
I would love to have a job where I can contribute my creative input to a major animated motion picture. And I have always wanted to build a giant metal sculpture of a caribou using a vacuum.

Check out my blog here:
http://gnarcal.blogspot.com/

M@ said...

I'd love to be able to be a cartoonist, full time.

M@ McCray
http://www.zoodotcom.com

Janna said...

I would want to be a storyboard artist.

http://jfong118.livejournal.com/

barrymcw said...

I keep doing just what I do now but I'd be a little more selective with my clients & would have more time for personal projects.

barry
sneakyrobots.com (way, way under construction)

Chris said...
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Christopher said...

I'd love to be able to be in a position where I can share my cartoons or comics with people, and maybe brighten their day a little.

It doesn't matter if I can't have fancy cars or big houses. I would love to create an animated series that people can sit down and watch, and get a few smiles from.

-Christopher Martinez

http://spanish29.deviantart.com/

Charlie said...

Hi, and thanks for the opportunity to share my dreams. On a side note before I get into my response, will you be at Heroes Con with this book?

I have been reading everyone else's responses, and I really do hope you all reach these dreams.

I have told my wife this very thing I am about to tell you. If money were no object, I could wake up and draw and paint all day every day until I give my last breath. My ONE goal for the past 2 years is to become a freelance illustrator. Not for the money, but for happiness. It took me 30 years to realize what I wanted to do with my life and that is a sad thing, but I can't dwell on the past, or the future, I can only control the present. You have to realize that you get one life. One. Why waste your days renting your mind to anything else?

It is unfortunate that money dictates how we spend each day of our one life. And the things we want most out of life should never adversely affect others or yourself. So I am practical that I have to pair money with my love for illustration so that my dream of being able to be a freelance illustrator will also allow me to also provide a comfortable life for my family.

So every day, the present, I draw in the morning before work, during my lunch break, and when I get home from my regular tech job. I keep a pocket sketchbook with me all the time like a butterfly net to not let those random ideas get away, I catch them in a small thumbnail in meetings, at my desk, etc.

I want to write a story with line art and color for myself and other people every day for the rest of my life.

Blog http://charlieharper.net

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Baruch said...

If I woke up tomorrow doing my dream, I would be working for any company that allows me to create worlds. I love writing settings, places, and histories. The stories of individuals are fun, but the best tales are those in and about universes with real depth and history.

Ed Eschler
realmofnerdiness.blogspot.com

robin_titan said...

Ah beautiful drawings.

Hmm I'd want to work with an animation company, like another commenter, in Pixar it would be really great! Or working for someone like the creators of Family Guy, that'd be amazing. :D If only I were really good with art and animation...

Nibbish said...

Operating a small record store - recording music on the side.

Sleet01 said...

I'd like to be able to design and fly novel aircraft. Flying wings, compound gyroplanes, hybrid LTA dirigibles using solar steam... I just need a few million dollars in VC and some hangar space -_-.

Sam Bosma said...

I just graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. I am going to be drawing silly things for the rest of my life. I wouldn't ask for anything to be different. It's a little difficult to market my work, but right now the whole world's in front of me.

http://sambosma.blogspot.com

keith said...

Making art and designing stuff
My site

Eli said...

I would love to become a film editor for a major production company. I just love getting in there with raw footage and being able to put together the cuts, the music, the emotion, flow, and timing. It's very artistic.

http://elicourtney.wordpress.com

joverine said...

I'd like to win the lottery-enough to be financially free for the rest of my life and enough to help my friends and family experience the same.
Simultaneously this would be the first day of many where I would have artistic FREEDOM!!! omfg I'm drooling at the thought

http://joevriens.blogspot.com/

Tooninator said...

First of all, the book looks great.

Secondly, I'd be working alongside my colleagues I admire most, working in a very inspiring atmosphere and producing films just for ourselves.
I also inspire to have my 'work' seperated from my 'personal life'. Even though art is my passion, I've found that it is starting to suffocate me. Being able to experience more than art would in turn push me to a whole new level.

Tooninator said...

forgot to leave the link

www.tooninator.blogspot.com

Johnny B Animation said...

I just like to draw :)

Johnny Burgess
www.johnny-b-animation.blogspot.com

Kevin said...

I'd love to "theme" places, theme parks, restaurants etc.

Like take some backwater diner and theme it as like a dinosaur hunting outpost, or a library and theme it to feel like some crazy adventurers secret collection.

The type of thing that would make ordinary places totally rock little kids worlds saying things like "I REALLY want to go to the bank with you" because the bank is now themed like a wild west town...

But until that job exists..

I am doing what I want, working with teenagers and helping them out while working on my webcomic as a hobby.

www.ominousknife.com


I'm not sure this job exists though

Bradd McBrearty said...

I'd be working as an Environment artist at a game studio where there were other amazing artists to help mentor me, and elevate my art to a higher level.

http://BraddMcBrearty.com

Steph said...

I would be going inbetween animating cartoons and illustrating comic books that I really. Ooo and designing characters and environments. Almost anything with drawing and I would be estatic!!!

Kristin said...

First of all: Awesome art. You do good work so kudos to you!

If I could do any one thing I wanted I would throw caution to the wind and build my own pottery studio--kiln and all--and just work on my art... get it "throw" caution..hehe thats a little free ceramics humor for you. : )

www.myspace.com/479513799

Derek Edwards said...

If my dream is to see the world, and draw as much as possible, I'd guess I'm pretty much there. I guess it would ge nice not have to spend job at a day job so I could have more time to draw, or have more chances to be inspired by other great artists!

congrats on your new book

Derek Edwards
http://8bitaddicts.blogspot.com/

Best Fantasy and Science Fiction said...

I would lead a simple life in a small self sufficient community. No traffic. No malls. Just simple, clean, lots of hard work and the joy that comes from it all.

http://bestfantasysf.blogspot.com

rax said...

Awesome work!
If I had the chance I would try to mix more mathematics and art wherever it is possible... (instead of just doing the mathematics part as I'm doing now)

..:rax:..
http://www.rax.cl

Kat Gangoso said...

If only I could, I'd probably be a wandering traveler who'd end up in random places around the world, drawing whatever I see. :)

http://katgangoso.blogspot.com

Valentino said...

Make a children's book. With fantastic creatures similar to Dean Yeagle, but 3d.

valentinoistony.com

Ecknal said...

I'm a big fan of your art, and would love to have a copy of this book.

popandicecream.com

Whip-smart Banky said...

I would definitely be drawing webcomics, comic books, strips, etc!

Mark said...

Hi Stephen,

I am at the crossroads these days. For the past 30 years, I have worked with my nose to the grindstone and done everything the old fashioned way, worked way to hard for not much. So, making major life re-assessment at the moment, going back to school and looking for my karma. I want to write and draw comics like, when I was inspires as a kid. I am writing and drawing my way out of this. One way or another, something is coming out of this from me to show my creativity.

Mark Dianda
http://web.mac.com/mdianda/iWeb/Site/Welcome.html

Scott said...

I'd be selling my art in an exhibition, and making a living from what I've made. That's my goal, anyway.

http://scottwearspants.blogspot.com/

Simon said...

I want to illustrate a childrens book for my sister and her baby due at the end of this year!

Simon Cottee
http://lavalevel.net/

Fitzy said...

Hey Silver, as you know, if I woke up tomorrow and had the opportunity to be doing that one special thing I really want to be doing, I would have a well established studio. But let's be honest, the journey of getting there may be the part! :)

www.fitzysworld.com

Matt said...

Honestly?

Singing. I'm a writer by trade and a creative type by nature, but for all my fancy words and subtle sarcasm I can't really do the one thing I've always wanted to do.

I enjoy writing. Love it, even, as much as I love and admire art, music, and every other kind of media that has shaped my life so far. But secretly -- very secretly -- it still plays second fiddle to that hopeless desire for a voice as powerful and clean as they come.

A pointless fantasy, I guess. And I can't imagine this was quite what you had in mind whenever you originally posed the question, but hey -- you asked. :)

Thanks for the opportunity for honesty.

- Matt
www.mattmadeiro.com

Fitzy said...

opps...typo...the journey may be the BEST part!

Clayton said...

I think I'm eventually working my way towards what I want to do, content-wise, but there's also part of me that would love to complete a graphic novel, to have my name on a book's spine.

www.inkismyperfume.com

Daniel Purvis said...

I'd like to spend my time drawing, painting and writing. Truly, I want to be able to bring my own original characters to life but my skills, none of them, are at a level where I can see my vision through in any form. I want to rectify that.

Daniel Purvis
http://graffitigamer.com/
purvis dot daniel at gmail dot com

Chris said...

I guess my dream job would be me fastforwarding down the path i'm only just beginning in.

I'd love to be an established (children's) illustrator. The thought that one of my works would become a fixture in someone's childhood experience is really a motivation for me. i'd love for kids to connect with my books, and for them to relive their childhood if they encounter it at a later age again.

Just me, my music and my pencils, rocking away all day long. Creating the kind of work that make me smile now when i encounter them elsewere.

And hopefully have enough free time on my hands to still actively try to improve my work.

http://chrisvosters.carbonmade.com

Mr.Vengeance said...

I would like to be working on an animated show where I'm the director and storyboard artist.


http://mr-vengence.deviantart.com/

ADN said...

I 'd like to speak english a little bit better, so I could say the 100 things I'd like to do the most in life... :-)

http://adrien.noterdaem.be/

Michael said...

I'd write and draw my own web comic strip.

Josh said...

I'd find a way to get others to care about the characters in my head as much as I do!

http://commathe.deviantart.com/

Stine said...

If I woke up one morning, and would be able to do one special thing... it would have to be able to do proper dynamic drawings. You know those drawings, where a mere scribble makes you go 'wow'. Other than that, I would definitely be working on an animated movie. Now that would be something.

~Stine

Iso said...

If I died knowing I had a single, well produced graphic novel; I know I would feel like a part of me was truly at peace. Add a couple to that and I'd be all the happier.

-Scott

http://redundancyredefined.wordpress.com/

Rob Digby said...

I'd want to be a professional travel photographer. Taking pictures of rare sights and unusual places - perhaps even photographing things that no one has ever seen before.

Goku-san said...

If I could do that one special thing it would be doing character designs for an animation or video game.

wdgowild said...

I'm currently working for a magazine in my hometown in South Africa as a graphic designer, but my passion is character design and comics. I would love to do character design full time and work on an indie graphic novel. Unfortunately there isn't really a market for comics in SA.

This is the link to the magazine I work for: http://www.homeandlifestylemagazine.co.za/

and here is the link to my personal work: http://apple-pie-boy.deviantart.com/

Heather said...

Quite simply I would like to have a place in the world--in any job-- were I could make the world a little cooler. A little better. A little wiser.

Right now I am a graphic novel artist and writer. I try to change the world with words and images. Here is my website: www.ImagineTheEnding.net

Good luck!

Kyle said...

I would travel and write letters, I think. much good could come from it.

Kyle McPherson
http://slingstone.livejournal.com/

Howard Shum said...

I want to write and direct a big budget live-action feature film from a studio.

www.howardshum.com

Mr. N. Visible said...

If I could be doing anything it would be to continue my education. I would love to have the time to take classes and study the rest of my life just for the joy of learning new things.

Natalie said...

I'm unemployed, so I would really like to wake up tomorrow to a full-time job back in the animation field . If I was super lucky and blessed, I would wake up working on an animated movie and have a family.

Take care.
-Natalie
http://nataliebutler.infinited.net

Weapon_M said...

I would be doing concept designs and working on my characters. A funny comic strip that I have yet to present to anyone. I would be happy doing this comic strip and possibly see it turn into a cartoon one day.

http://wepzm77.deviantart.com/

Rasmus said...

I'd like to start writing an adventure book (young-adult fiction), and do all the illustrations in it.

http://glitchtown.com/

spaghetti016 said...

Rather than being stuck in my current job where I use AutoCAD all day, I want to be able to put pencil to paper and just draw anything. People, places, props, cars, rooms, maps, mazes. Whatever my mind can come up with.

Anything has to be better than mindless CAD work.

http://spaghetti016.deviantart.com

Opunaya said...

Hurm...that one special thing? Well, the absolute most special thing I could be doing is waking up next to the woman I love more than anything else in my life. That would make me happier than having my comics, writings, or anything else picked up for publishing or sell...

..Er...or is this suppose to be solely on 'dream jobs'?

www.savagehero001.deviantart.com

Maureen said...

ell, I hope to complete my animated short film within one day! Of cos its impossible, but a girl can dream right? =D

Maureen Seng
maureenseng.weebly.com
kittifiedmeow.deviantart.com

ZooRocket said...

I have been working as an architectural designer for over 12 years now. If I had the opportunity I would love to do my 3D art or game art for a living. Although sometimes I am afraid that doing something I love so much for a living will take the passion out of it, but I would still jump at the opportunity.

http://www.zoorocket.com/

dsvoid said...

I want to take the idea of what a video game is and what a video game can be, and then take huge chunks out of it, break apart whole series, mess with control, kill off one way plots, and destroy the generic. Hopefully all before I finish high school, because then I'll probably just get a lame nine to five.

http://www.dmitryplusinternet.blogspot.com

Corby said...

Obviously I'd like to be working on my own comics, but I think I would really enjoy teaching comics and cartooning to kids or even in a college setting.

coldramen.blogspot.com

Akira said...

I would be waking up to the sounds of hustle and bustle drifting in through the cracks and corners of my apartment bedroom. The trolleys outside would speed along like a typewriter in pace and the smells of freshly cooked pastries would waft up from the street vendors pulling them hot and steaming from the ovens. My pen and pad would be at my side as I strolled through my Leipzig, my home where foreign is the odd word and my next novel is a work in progress.

Marina said...

I would love to be doing game art for a smallish studio.

Patrick O'Connor said...

The opportunity I'd want is to have one of my comic book stories printed and published. I work as a server for the Mouse myself and am paying my way through school at the same time. Watching work like yours inspires me and keeps me motivated during 40 hours of work plus classes. While hard work will get me there, an opportunity is always welcome!

Patrick O'Connor
http://tolemach.deviantart.com/

Holly Yerkie said...

Television cartoons. They were such a staple and influence for me in becoming an animator (and still are) that I'd love to be making my stories and create new, exciting characters.

sheepbleat.blogspot.com

Art Junkie said...

Animation is my one and true dream. I face paint for the orlando theme parks and am happy that I'm working as some kind of artist, but to character animate for a full length feature film (Disney and Pixar are my dream studios) would be the only career to fill the void. Trying to get there in proving to be tough, and recently I have gotten back up. Never loose sight of that dream. ;) Thanks for your time

artjunkie767.deviantart.com

xenos said...

i would dig doing any of the following fulltime:

-graphics for my wife's clothing line
-character design
-traditional/digital paintings for art shows
-teaching art classes
-children's books (writing & illustrating)
-concept artwork
-win free stuff like the mom in "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio", such a good movie...

i think that is about it. crossing my fingers and hoping i win. cheers...


-xenos aka graphicvectors

http://graphicvectors.blogspot.com/
http://xenosdesigns.com/
http://xenosmesa.com/

Charles said...

So, the question is: if I woke up tomorrow and had the opportunity to be doing that one special thing I really want to be doing, what would it be?
Easy.
I would be a comic book artist. But not just any comic artist. I would be an *astronaut dinosaur* artist.
Allow me to explain.
I do not mean that I want to draw comics featuring astronauts or dinosaurs. That would be awesome, sure, and I would be willing to *settle* for that. But my dream, when I was, oh, five years old, was to be (A) an artist, (B) an astronaut, and (C) a dinosaur (a triceratops, to be specific). As I grew older I realized the essential flaw in this dream; dinosaurs have no thumbs. How would I draw? How would I fly the spaceship?
A boy can dream.

steve said...

I would write and draw dozens of graphic novels. The first is under construction at www.moon-town.com but it's slow going with the small amount of free time I have. To be able to pursue that full time would just be the biggest kick.

Ted 'seoulman' Kim said...

Currently I'm freelancing for video games, comics and books which I enjoy. I suppose it would be cool to see my own creations on screen either for tv or feature animation.
You already know how that feels don't you Stephen? ;)

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Vincent said...

I'd want to be doing animation at a studio somewhere and working on a comic book and painting on the side. It would be better than feeling as though I am wasting my time in retail hell like I am now.

ragtymeillustration.blogspot.com

magnus said...

I like to become a great animator, animating for a feature film and truly enjoying every minute of it!

www.magnusyu.com

Magnus :)

Ben Reynolds said...

I would love to have my own series of illustrated story books. Sort of illustrated novels for pre-teens. That will always be the dream!! The book looks GREAT Stephen...can't wait to pick one up.

http://reynoldsben.blogspot.com

Kidchuckle said...

I've a left a message with my future self to give me some tips.

Gemal said...

most of all I would just want to be a better artist and draw for the rest of my life. I really don't care about the money that much but if someone does pay me for my art that is also very nice. but the truth is I just want to draw and love life.

KangarooSteve said...

After reading so many comments, I realize I'm not too different than most artists here. I feel drawn in so many directions, I hardly know where to focus my passions, though I know where I don't want the bulk of my hours/days/years to end up...time sucked away by the drudgery of an hourly job in retail, with nothing to show for it.

I'd love to draw my own comic strip, doing everything towards making an Eisner-worthy graphic novel...I know I'm here for a purpose, and it's to put something good into the world. That is my passion, though it has long been an ember that i've kept fanning, trying to keep it alive so I can turn it into a flame one day.

http://scruffy-zero.deviantart.com/

Gemal said...

oh i forgot to put my blog http://gemalplummer.blogspot.com/

Emilie Goulet said...

I'd make a 2D short film with people that I enjoy the most working with, learn the most from each other and respect.

http://emiliegoulet.blogspot.com/

Chad Frye said...

Well, I've worked in animation (which I enjoy and would like to continue doing), and prior to that I worked as an illustrator primarily doing lots of licensed character stuff. I would LOVE to be writing and illustrating my own children's books. Oh, and I want to paint the cover of TIME Magazine, too, while we're at it.

http://www.ChadFrye.com/blog

Jokaiz said...
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Jokaiz said...

honestly. to one day become a great artist and have many people enjoy my art. that would make me very happy lol..

Karly MacDonald said...

I would be doing what I do everyday. Enjoying nature and everything else around me.

Karly MacDonald
http://www.karlymacd.blogspot.com/

Mark said...

My dream job: working as a Pixar animator, but I'd certainly settle for making a comfortable career as a freelance illustrator and be able to give up my day job.

Mark said...

I forgot to add my url:

http://www.markdraws.com

jmanu said...

Hi, Steve

I would like to draw all day and create new characters and situations every minute, for children illustration (my own series of picture books) or animation (character designer, StopMo animator, animation director).

http://jmanu.blogspot.com/

Kyle Jones said...

Apparently everyone else wants to work at Pixar, but it really is a dream so yes, working at Pixar... also playing piano.

Pretty much, I want to make really great stuff with really great people in a really great environment.

my work: http://www.justkyle.com

Dennis said...

I'd love to design characters for a cartoon series on tv whilst having a successful commission illustration gig on the side. I'd love to do another webcomic as well.

Jees... never realized how needy I was. I guess I just really need more self-motivation and attention span, heh.

Dennis Hart
www.hartpad.com

Angelopudus said...

My PAssion was my country and his roots, im drawing this characters www.mostro.com.mx

and when im have another idea i post in my blog: angelopodo.blogspot.com

Angel Barba

Dharma Romo said...

I'd like to do illustration and concept art and not graphic design or animation.

http://dharma-romo.blogspot.com/

Karen Luk said...

I'd want to share my stories via comics and make a living from it.

Karen

http://www.karenluk.net

Monica said...

I'd wake up tomorrow and start working on an animated feature film with other people who have as much passion for animating as I do! We would make a film that has a unique visual appeal, a solid story, and characters that feel real. This seems like a far-fetched dream for an '08 grad who hasn't been able to land a real art realated job yet but I'm not giving up so the rest of you shouldn't either! :)

http://artofmonica.blogspot.com/

Jimm said...

I animate characters for videogames, but would like to get into cartoons or feature animated films. Some day, I hope to be an art director for a big project(s).

On the side, I want to be illustrating comics because I think I love drawing more than anything, but don't do it as much as I'd like.

jpegan.echod.net

Chris Boyd said...

Goal Number 1 - Character Design for animation

Goal Number 2 - Have my paintings in a gallery show someday.

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