At an early age Allen dreamed of being cartoonist and this was my favorite part of the story. To succeed at anything in life you have to be adventurous and step out of your comfort zone no matter how crazy it may seem.
He was also encouraged by his father’s friend to go to art school. A teacher told him,”Someone like you should draw 14 hours a day. I am so captivated by these words because it reminds me to practice so much and dismiss those instances where I make mistakes.
What inspires me the most is the answer to a fabulous question,”Where do you draw your inspiration? ”
Allen drew his inspiration from the world around him-as evidenced in the above picture. Everywhere he went he brought with him a notebook an drew. He drew his teachers and even his experience migrating here all the way from Japan. I will never forget the part when he was left with little money and really needed a job. He actually did get a job and one that would pay him much more than he had expected.
There are so many lessons to be learned from this book so please check it out.
Allen drew inspiration from being featured in a comic from another artist.
Allen Say is an inspiration to me because he lived his dream and drew with his heart.. He many wonderful children’ books and that’s something I want to do. For more about all his books and illustrations head here: