Guys, I am so pleased to introduce to you my good buddy, french illustrator BENJAMIN FLOUW as my second guest on this ‘Braving The Wilderness’ illustration book club! I’ve been following Benjamin on social media for a few years now, and I’m such a fan of his work. I love his compositions, his taste in colours, textures and how he treats lights and landscapes. I always feel in awe when I see his pictures. It was also a pleasure to meet him a few times in Paris. Go follow his work @bflouw and enjoy the read. Thanks man! 🙌
Braving The Wilderness // People are Hard to Hate Close up. Move in. // Feat. @bflouw⠀
I can't really stay angry at people. In fact, I do have some angry reactions, for example when I'm working on an exciting illustration project and the client makes a request and I find that request so absurd, so wrong that I feel betrayed. Anger is my first response to that, and when I start to feel angry, that person in front of me suddenly turns into something else, a creature called: Theclient.⠀
If you are a freelancer like me, you have already heard about Theclient. It's that gigantic beast with a big teethy mouth and a cigar in it that doesn't know anything about art and keeps repeating this sentence over and over: « Make the logo bigger ! ». You've heard terrible stories about him, there are blogs and twitter accounts dedicated to his misdeeds.⠀
That's pure dehumanization as Brenée Brown describes it in this chapter. There's no Theclient, it's a myth. A myth that leads you to the quickest and more primitive reactions of our reactions: fear. And as a wise person once said « Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate… leads to suffering.”⠀
So, if you ever see Theclient, take a step aside. Or better, take a step FURTHER. And then you'll see the actual individual, you'll see his motives and you will be able to try to put yourself in his shoes, to empathize. That's one way to find a satisfying common ground and that's why I can't stay too angry at someone for too long.
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