Make Good Art

Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery Medal, and Carnegie Medal in Literature. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work.

Below is an illustration of a graduation speech he recently gave (video is at end of this post), in which he discusses the pursuit of art. The message translates to all of us, no matter what our pursuit. Do what you love, put in the time it takes to get better, make no excuses.

This message is exactly what we need to wake up and be reminded of on a daily basis. The world will tell you that you don’t have enough time, you don’t have the experience, you’re not fully capable of achieving your dreams, and that you should probably just move through life the safe and easy way.

Feed the smaller voice. Give strength to the unrequited desires that cannot be quelled. Keep moving forward.


  • Amy Martin

    Beautiful, this was such an amazing speech!  I wish I could have heard in 1990 when I graduated from school of fine arts!!  Thanks Justin for sharing this amazing piece!