2 months ago
Me and Ted Stearn on my graduation day. The news about his passing today has been heartbreaking. Besides the one-of-a-kind visionary he was as a cartoonist, he was an excellent human being. He was my mentor at SCAD and I can't express how important he was to my growth as a cartoonist, but as a person. .
He was the best teacher I ever had and I try to model my teaching and mentorship after him. If you have had me as a mentor or a student and have gotten anything from it, you owe a debt of gratitude to this man. He always asked the most out you. Not just the work you did, but in the way you thought about the work you did, and why you did the work you did.
Those were hard questions to answer when you're a young, punk-ass art student, and I know a lot of people HATED Ted and the way he taught. But I think they hated him because they wanted pats on the back and a gold star for participating, and he wouldn't settle for that.
At the end if the day, he didn't take shit and he asked you to be the best you could possibly be... And he knew you could be.
I still try everyday to live up to those expectations.
Thank you, Ted.