Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Goals as an Artist, Writer, and Publisher

HELLO AGAIN and welcome to my new blog. As you can see by the big letters at the top of the page, I am an artist and a writer. Although I have been drawing and writing ever since I could hold a pencil, my professional career began less than four years ago with my first coloring book, Mothman, Aliens, and Flying Saucers (2009). Since then I have drawn two more coloring books, several comic book stories, and other smaller projects.

I PUBLISH AND SELL MY BOOKS MYSELF, so in addition to being an artist and a writer, I am a business manager, designer, production manager, editor, publisher, distributor, and retailer. It doesn't matter which hat I'm wearing, my overarching goals remain the same:

My goal as an artist and writer is to create works of lasting quality and beauty.

My goal as a publisher is to produce books and other publications of the highest quality and durability.

My goal as a business owner is to provide the best service I can to my customers.

I AM LEARNING AS I GO and I will admit to making mistakes along the way. No matter what happens, I will continue to strive towards my goals of beauty, quality, and durability. I will continue to combine the tried and true methods and materials of the past with the limitless possibilities of the future.

MY MODELS ARE THE GREAT ART AND ARTISTS of the past and present. One factor in the equation for greatness is a quality of timelessness. Trends are fine and can result in some really interesting and attractive art. Trends pass away, though, forever giving way to new trends. Good art transcends trendiness. I hope to create good art, regardless of trends. If I could sum up my goal in a single phrase, it would be that I seek to create things imbued with an indefinable cool. You can't name it or describe it. You just know it when you see it.

Copyright 2013 Terence E. Hanley

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