“Those guys that can do amazing things didn’t start like that…”
This is Greg.
Greg Manchess. He’s an amazing painter, and an even more amazingly nice guy. I’m lucky enough to be able to call him a friend.
He’s received just about every award there is at The New York Society of Illustrators, and I don’t want to jinx him…but…let’s just say…there are many of us who will be surprised if he doesn’t wind up in the Hall of Fame, someday.
For two years I lived in New York, hanging around Greg weekly while working as an assistant to his agent.
Greg was kind enough to pass on a lot of little bits of wisdom to me, and one in particular fixed in my mind.
Well, you can probably guess, but I’ll give you a chance to figure it out.
We were talking about the young guys who are so talented. I think I was expressing my frustration with how Jason Chan–who is my same age–grew so fast with art, while I had to struggle a lot more for technical progress.
Greg’s response stuck with me. Continue reading