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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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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
I am not saying that each and every job you have is all money and no fun, som jobs i have had are a lot of fun and the editors havebeen easy on me, or almost noninterfering altogether.

When I started as an artist, I really did not know where it would take me. I don't think anybody goes through life in any career and finds that the path is predictable and smooth the whole way through.

Often times the effort you put in is much much more important than the talent.
LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Well, I do hope I get some nice jobs with nice editors!

I don't know where my job as an artist will take me either; but I'm quite sure I'll be happier than if I chose to do Law, and that's comforting.

While talent does count, if one doesn't try hard, practice and put effort on what they do, their talent alone won't lead them anywhere.

Thanks for replying Omar. And keep writting these comforting journals, haha!
Keijn Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What else I could say? Thank you this.
TastingCockroaches Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student Filmographer
Thank you for this answer.
I'm currently studying 2D animation and I'm the kind of girl who always feels a little "late" compared to others.
I'm not really sure why, but reading this made my day.

The Random Wanderer.
techloveroneofakind Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
am trying hard to continue, even tho am a newbie
Foilguitar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
I like the fact that you are still humble even with all of your talent. An ego just sets people back.
Soulbrotha Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Myself, I have no real desire to pursue a professional comic career (not that I'm cocky enough to claim that level of skill). I really just draw because it's something I love to do. My job is very stressful, and drawing (and a few video games) are my peacemaker. The freedom to create what you want, tell whatever story is in your, or draw any scene... that's what's so beautiful about art in general.

But even for guys like me, there are heroes like you. It's not that I think of you like a "big guy" who's made it, but just because there's a certain quality about your work that I can't really put a finger on, but it instantly makes it recognizable as yours. That, I would rather have than an illustrious career... for people to be able to look at a drawing and know it's mine.
Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
If you don't love what you do, why do it?
strigae-excandui Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice journal and some good advice :)
I like my work/drawings as a hobby, I don't like to feel I have a dead line as such if you know what I mean. I know it's hard work and sometimes a lot of luck to be notice or hired. I like my pace, it works for me and know I would feel under pressure having to do a piece a certain way. I've done pencil work for over 10yrs maybe even closer to 15yrs with some breaks, digital for the last 5 I think and have always wanted to have a go at 3d work, design things/architect so that's what I'm trying at the moment, I find it enjoyable and a challenge to myself.
I think anyone should enjoy what they do no matter what others say, or write. Every piece, artwork/digital etc is worth something to someone no matter what style/age or what others say. It's made with thought, practice, learning and hard work, blood, sweat and tears. It's nice to give encouragement and respect an artists hard work.
Jimmy-GV Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
I never intended to be one of the 'big guys', I just want my productions to be good enoaugh to please myself byt sometimes I feel that reaching that goal is becoming more like an obligation and not something pleasent, and im afraid that that may happen.
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