A lot of cycling is about competing, getting ahead, racing, and the
experience gets very narrow. You’ve spoken to a new level in your
career where you’re aiming for a better creative experience. What does
that look like?
I have spent the last 10 years working almost constantly on client work
and big publishing projects. And while that’s a really wonderful way to
make a living, and I feel really grateful, I also found that I had very
little time to explore what was next for me creatively or to think
outside those very specific projects. I felt very boxed in. In a way, it
was like racing. Things got too narrow for me in the hustle to have an
illustration career. In response, I just started a planned sabbatical
from client work where my goal is to give myself some breathing space to
see where that takes me – to have, as you say, a better creative
experience, or at least a deeper, freer, bigger creative experience.
I’ve been dabbling in new mediums, reading, taking time to ride my bike
more, and working on things without the pressure of delivering them to a
client. I’m only in the beginning, but so far, it’s been really good.