The Bearded Musician From Northern California

Thomas James the Musician

I recently interviewed Stefan Bucher for Episode 11 of the Escape From Illustration Island Podcast, and I was reminded of the importance of experimenting with other mediums besides Illustration in order to look at things in a different way and return to your work with new inspiration.

The Graphic Eye

As part of the interview, Stefan agreed to donate a signed copy of his new book, The Graphic Eye, to be awarded in the latest giveaway on EFII.  The Graphic Eye is a collection of photographs taken by Graphic Designers, so the idea of the contest is to share an experience where an alternate medium has informed or inspired your work.

Here’s my story.

The Bearded Musician

My years as a bearded singer/songwriter in Northern California taught me a lot about how to create, as well as how to take my art out into the public and promote myself as a musician.  Eventually, I got burned out from the constant need to give so much of my energy onstage on a regular basis, and I discovered that when it comes to creating, I am more of an introvert.  That’s one reason that Illustration fits so well with my personality. As an Illustrator, you’re able to create your art in the solitude of your own studio, and you only have to finish a piece once.  You don’t have to do it over and over like you do in a live performance.

These days I still pick up the guitar from time to time, and every once in a while I even play one of those old songs I wrote.  More importantly, though, I still carry with me the lessons I learned from my years as a singer/songwriter, and I feel that I’m much better off as a professional artist because of that experience.


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