I never knew Jason Polan personally but through his work - online and in this book - he became an important part of my drawing world.
I opened up my phone to the news of his passing yesterday and it took me some time to put this into words: he was a huge inspiration for me. Because of how much he enjoyed the everyday stuff, how hard he looked at things and how much he paid attention. And because of how much he worked and respected the process, the connection that drawing something creates, that fleeting moment when you reflect what you see on the paper through the pen and eye.
He still is an inspiration of course because here is his book (and here are places where the bookmarks were when I last looked through it). They will be there when I need to believe in the world and myself again, when I will need to be humbled or kicked. I am sad because the world and his family lost Jason but I am glad we all had him.