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January 31, 2010



Encouragement to Artists

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 31, 2010, 8:22 PM
I was asked:

Q:Even if we don't make the big time like you guys, do you still encourage artists to draw for fun/ never give up?

A: The questioner has answered their own question within the question. But if it isn't too clear as to what I'm saying, i will put it another way:

You should not care whether or not i encourage you, nor should you be consumed with finding a 'big guy' to follow. I didn't think ever that i would be working on anything with a Capcom logo affixed to it that is offical (As official as you can get without working in Capcom Japan). I have met  many of my hero artists and many other artists i respect as well, and once again i never intended to ever meet them.

The point is that while my personal goal was to become a better artist, to become a 'big guy' in the industry which i do not feel i am, was not my goal. In fact, I would almost say that if that is your goal the journey will be all the more harder. The reason why that might be is because you are trying to make yourself marketable to the people whom you want to be hired by which might be a lie to yourself.

In a nut shell, i would say that your love of drawing is enough of a reason to continue, though if you get hired for it , be prepared to not always have the freedom and therefore not always have the love you had for art when it was a hobby. Again and again i say if you want to be an artist, do it as a hobby you will have more freedom/fun, if you want it as a career, you become talent-for-hire and the two are not the same no matter what anyone tells you. The proof is simple: in one case you are in full control, in the other someone can tell you it's wrong and have you to fix/change it as they are paying and have the right to demand so.

Becoming a 'big guy' is a relative thing and not something i preoccupy myself with. It almost has a semblance of clout or bragging rights and I don't feel that I have that at all. Many of you think i am in a high position, but i still very honestly consider myself a student at best and i struggle very hard to improve. Anything you see in my gallery i was trying my hardest at the time.

Yes i get paid to do what i do, yes i have choices of projects to work on, but those things don't make me think for one second i have reached my potential. So basically i am in the same boat as you, even after 10 years in the industry which is a drop in the bucket, i still feel i have huge tracts of artistic lessons and trials to compass as an artist with or without professional status.

If you want to give up, go right ahead we have plenty to replace you, if you need a pat on your back to continue then here you go 'good work, I hope you improve a lot this year! (sincerely)'

Career-wise if you're struggling hard then remember: Never doubt the hardworker, they always kick the show-boater and slacker in the end because they know how to work and never give up. Be consistant, persistant and reliable.

I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.

Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!

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DDT87 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank's a lot for the pat on the shoulder and the kind advice, I really need something similiar. ^^
TheALVINtaker Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way to fave this blog? :D
motion-attack Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Great advice ... thanks
Ruisufueripe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
That's really very good to read. I think a little, i want to became a better artirrts for the others, because i think, if my art give happiness, somehow for the others, it's a good thing. But i want to become good for myself too, to realise my dreams.
I really happy to hear that words from someone i concider, it's full of encouragement and humble too. And like my daddy say "don't matter our age or knowledge, we always have something to learn" (But i think i have a lot to learn) xD

Thank you for this words.
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I enjoy making people happy as well, and art seems to be a lot nicer to do when people notice.
TatsujinEdge Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Thank you for those words of wisdom i have to agree with what has been said before they are inspirational :nod:
RevolutionaryMoon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Hey Omar, first time posting to one of your journals, lol. It really helps and inspires me as an artist, and a professional. I just currently graduted with a BA in Video game design, and like you said I don't know where to go sometimes. Like, I want a good job, nothing spectacular, it would be great dont get me wrong, but sometimes I feel that a small company would be what I want to work for. But who knows what the future has for me.

You know, seeing all of these great artists and comparing it to our own pieces can really bring us down or give us more initiative to keep going. But really seeing that an artist that we admire sees himself the same way we do really just lets us see you as more as one of us. That you think and feel just as self-concious as we do. I sometimes get embarrassed to show or sometimes post my own work, which is my one flaw as an artist because I have been ridiculed and told I cant do it, even y teachers, because as they say that I dont change my style. But, I know it has been changing, so there.

Well, sorry for the wrong post, but thanks for staying true to the little guys like us. And giving us a little push to better ourselves as artists and people. Much love Sir!! :D
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think the some artists put on an act to keep people as fans by asserting their authority by way of their art. If they admit that something was hard to do, it brings them down to a lower level.

Not all artists are like that at all, but even the best artists should be damn sure that there is always someone who can do a different style way better.

Thats why i say, dont preoccupy yourself with finding a hero artist and emulating their every stroke and pixel. Also becareful with the word 'style' some people just use it to excuse their collective mistakes.
RevolutionaryMoon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Yeah, my teacher told me that once and to another classmate of mine. He was working himself up there and like you said he used the word 'style' to not admit that he had a lot of work to do on that piece. But thank you for your advice and caring thoughts to us. It means a lot, that way we see you more as a person and not just some guy who has some great talent that we will never meet. No offense or anything. You live to far from me to ever get a chance to meet you, cause I'd actually spend soe money on one of your commissions. (Stuck in FL, lol)
LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
I always wonder if I made the right choice of being an artist for a career. All my life, I was sure I'd do Law and was decided that I'd keep at art only as a hobby.
When I turned 18, I changed my mind completely and decided to pursue an art career, because I thought "that's what I like to do and I can't see myself doing anything else". But I've heard many times that doing art as a hobby is not equal to doing it as a job, and that many times I'd hate having to draw at all, but I decided to take on the risks.

I still wonder if I'll die of hunger because of my future low salary (haha), but like I said, I can't envision myself working on anything else than art. My dream job is to be Nintendo's concept artist. Heh, who knows?

As for never giving up, I can say I did that. I'm a perfeccionist and never stopped practicing or trying to improve, and I shake my head at people who come to me saying "I can't draw, I'll never be like you", as if I was born drawing like I do now. I still have much to improve and I won't give up.

Well, I hope I have a bright future in the career I chose. Thanks for posting this journal, Omar. And sorry for the gigantic comment.
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