Why Can’t I Be Creative Like Alan Moore?


Maybe you don’t embrace his theory of anarchy.
Maybe you don’t have long hair and a big bushy beard.
Maybe you don’t worship a Roman snake deity named Glycon.

I believe half of the equation of enjoying art is getting to look at the world through someone else’s camera. As strange as it might be, maybe they see things you don’t.

What makes Alan Moore special isn’t necessarily his technique. Anyone can read how-to books and take classes. Anyone can buy tools. Anyone can practice. Right?

“You just try and make everything you do a little bit smarter, a little bit more sophisticated than the thing you did before… Eventually people will notice. Eventually you’ll start to move beyond what everybody else is doing… Without having to compromise anything, without having to sell out your vision. And it’s important that you don’t do that, because that’s the only thing you’ve really got, that separates you from anybody else. There’s probably lots of people who can sing, or do music, or write, or draw the way that you can. The only thing that makes you unique is that you’re you. You’ve had your experience, you’ve had your life. You’ve got your sort of knowledge. So put all of that into what you do. Make it individual, make it unique. Make it your selling point. I don’t think you’ll go far wrong.”

It took him 11 years of running the creative factory full-time before he created V For Vendetta. Until then, what remained constant? Moore’s commitment to his own identity. Even through his commercial work and gigs to pay the rent, he didn’t neglect his own lens. (Maybe he didn’t fully apply it to every project, and maybe he did — but that was his own choice.) Ultimately, he wasn’t afraid to be himself.

You ask: “Why can’t I be creative like Alan Moore?”

Because you’re not being honest like Alan Moore.

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