This week we got to catch up with Marisa Anne of Creative Thursday. Some of you may recognize Marisa and her site CreativeThursday.com from her Martha Stewart Editor’s Choice Award as one of the Best of the Blogs in 2008. Or maybe like us, you came across her great book “Who are you going to be today Olive?” – a fantastic children’s book about a little bird learning how to be herself. Here’s Marisa’s take on our Take 5 Tuesday questions.
Why do you do what you do and where do you find inspiration?
I do what I do because I finally discovered that there’s no other way for me to be, than to be creative. I realize this may sound a bit broad but life inspires me and I honestly never know exactly where it will come from ~ often surprising me in the most unexpected ways. If however, I am actually looking for it ~ I turn to nature first, then my box of favorite tear sheets from magazines and catalogs, my favorite greeting cards I’ve collected over the years, and of course the internet ~ between blogs and sites like Flickr, I can be lost for hours, almost overwhelmed with inspiration. And sometimes when I’ve absorbed all the outside inspiration I can, I sit quietly with my sketchbook and pencil and just see what comes out on the page.
What is your favorite childhood book?
The first one that always comes to mind is a Dr. Seuss book, “Go Dog Go” – I remember how much I loved the animals and all the colors and I can always picture my favorite illustration where all the dogs are having a party in a tree top!
How did you get started in illustrating?
I began drawing when I was little. I gave it up for quite a long time in pursuit of every other creative career that I thought I could make a living at. And then one day when I least expected it, I picked up a paintbrush and started painting again.
What were some of the highlights of making your book?
Creating an actual book just how I imagined it to be. And I have to say that the overall ease from the layout and design with your software to the speed and quality of the printing was amazing.
If you could bestow one bookmaking tip on the world, what would it be?
As with any creation – create from the heart – create what you love.