Drawing by Kitty Wong, an illustrator and fashion designer living in Hong Kong. Follow her blog here, her lovely tumblr here, and shop around in her Society6 shop. And if you like this, there’s more to come.
A few weeks ago, my father graced my inbox with a list he’s talked about for years: Zig Ziglar’s list of 100 things he learned on his way to the top. The list is a little old school, but the beauty in wisdom is that it never expires. I tweeted out an offer to send the list to anyone interested, and the response surprised me: dozens of people responded or emailed me directly, interested in this list of lessons.
This was a really cool realization; all of the people who responded are conscious livers of life. Instead of passively passing through their own lives, they’re interested in motivation, wisdom and advice on how to better approach all the millions of moments ahead.
Kitty was one of those who emailed me, and of course, I stalked her a bit and realized her drawings run the gamut from glamorous and beautiful to photographic, in a sense, sometimes telling the literal story of the subject in one snapshot.
We decided to work together, and Kitty offered to draw some of our favorites from this Zig Ziglar list, since almost all of the graphics we found were outdated or cheesy.
Kitty interpreted #45 personally: “Our chief want in life is someone to inspire us to be what we want to be.”
It look me much longer than I thought it would to translate the concept into a drawing. And I wanted them to be cool.
I made so many sketches for this, but then I for some reason kept thinking about Fran Lebowitz all the time for the word ‘inspiration’, mostly from her doc Public Speaking. So I drew her. She seems like someone who would be an amazing and terrifying mentor who’d toughen you up and be pretty inspiring.
And there you have it; a personal interpretation of wisdom is the best kind.
We hope to do one drawing per week together, and create postcards to give away or buy. We’re still tossing around ideas.
If you’re interested in this list, or in a guest post or illustration, please email me: bri.garcia7 @ gmail dot com