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Make Art your entertainment.

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 18, 2010, 9:07 AM
Just came back from Anime Expo in Vancouver, and I must say that the sheer amount of teens at the show did nothing but remind me of my age! Over the years working at UDON i haven't had the time to really watch or keep up on any of the latest and greatest animes or even manga for that matter for reasons such as marriage, having a child, and just plain hard work.

Seeing less than 20's reminds me of the massive amount of free time they have and how its squandered in some cases on useless things. I'm talking about 10 hour+ video game binges and other types of entertainment that gets abused at the cost of education and real face to face socialization. I wish i could buy your free time off of you.

I used to play Mario Cart for N64 (the best one IMO) for literally hours and hours with friends after coming back from work. Gran Turismo was another game, and Vice City was another time consumer on a large scale. Yet, i don't play games anymore that routinely and no where near as much. It's not even that games aren't that great anymore, but it just is not a priority.

A great deal of people ask me for advice  on drawing and what to do and how to become better etc etc. I would say maybe the only difference between artists that get ahead in their art or career is that they manage their time effectively and are focused. You can have your fun, don't get me wrong, but when entertainment becomes an all encompassing addiction, then it becomes a problem.

I don't watch TV or movies because it just doesn't appeal to me. Nature shows are good, but I am not going to bother buying cable for it or schedule around it. SO I say to those of you who really want to get better at your art, take all your TV/entertainment time and put it towards your art instead. Just try turning off the TV/shows for a week, or even cutting your  time in front of entertainment down to half. I am sure you will see that you start imagining more things and enjoy drawing more. Drawing will become the entertainment.

I myself do this because I'd rather be the one making the stories and games than playing them. All of you can do the same if you try hard. Don't waste your time and your minds, each one of you has a story and a skill so use it while you have it.

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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Sarudin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Great advice. ^^
Some time after reading that I realized that was making an excuse to not draw by finding images at the web and playing fighting games the sake of inspiration, which saps my interest in art. Maligayang Araw! Means good day in filipino. ^^
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
"I used to play Mario Cart for N64 (the best one IMO) for literally hours and hours with friends after coming back from work."

Sigh, those were the days! They're still kinda lucid in my memories too. We'd watch Evangelion afterwards at Zain's haus. Easily over 10 years ago! Maybe longer. You weren't even with Udon then, but maybe with Dreamwave? Or waitering?

Gametube's (or whatever that console's name is) version of Mariokart really killed the entire series for me. It was such a huuuuuge letdown. A first coming from Nintendo to our beloved series. I have never felt the same way with Nintendo after that. So that made it all the more easier to stop caring/playing.
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I feel like we got the hardcore hacked edition which is not a friendly place to be.

All the other Mario carts cant compare to the depth of N64.
fermentedmind Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
True, it's just too bad. They could have done alot more with Mkart 64 with more karts and more tracks.

Also, the controllers are partly to blame for its success as well. Ever tried playing Mkart 64 with Gamecube's controllers? Ugh, it's just not the same.
schumie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Hm, I hope conversations with idiotic young women at guest dinners aren't among the time-wasting moments....

It was great to meet you at AE. Hope to see you again some time and will look forward to chatting with Joe at NYFF.

Take care and enjoy your family!
LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Good advice, Omar :) Though I still love to play games, haha.
Prodigious-Girl Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Words of wisdom.
hyakamaru Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I late in some animes like naruto,bleach .... some bad friend love spoiler and bothering me....I should watch or read a lot in one day
I should be better in my art
there are a sport that I love it so much I shoulkd train my body
studying (japanese and english) to understand art tutorials and for other reasons
my time is divised on 4
and I m bad at organising my time
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm trying to do that... but it's tooooooo hard.
Twardz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
my time was wasted cause I honestly had nothing to do, living out in the woods during my teenage years. yeah i drew and played video games, but my fondest memory of wasting time was drawing and plotting out terrible comics.

Things aren't too different now for myself, but I'm actually trying harder on my writing before drawing everything out these days... hell I'm even going to have to do some medical research as well as some geological study as well someday soon.

I even look back at my old books to entertain myself as well!

So Mr. Omar, I've been working on the advice you've given for sometime now, and honestly, thank you for saying it!
luckydragonbb Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
What can you do if you lose your motivation to draw after someone critizes your art? I've had this happen recently and can't seem to get out of it.
Ernesto-Alonso Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
dude, I'm gonna be 20 soon so I understand at some level.
With work and school I try my best try to hone my skills and catch up on some anime. Dude I recommend Gurren Lagann if you like over the top mecha.
Ruisufueripe Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I still find games more fun than drawing, but i'm forcing myself to change my mind.
And your words, only gave me more wish to force me, even more.

Thanks for the words!
DamageArts Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
I miss doing all that too and your right marriage and having a child takes away that from you. But you can find some time inbetween if you really wanted to I'm sure, but then again you have a job I've longed for my whole life and still not successful with it! Be thankful you could be working in a factory wasting your skills away.
Renezuo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Omar is exactly right here people. When I first got in to school it was in the first chapter of my animation book. Focus on the work and tune out the distractions. If you can't use art enough as entertainment, perhaps you don't like it as much as you thought you did, and you have to accept the level of progression you have I guess.

The only games I tend to mess with are those that people want to play with me, IE a social sort of setup. Someone asks me to come play, I will. And every now and then I get the hankering for a game I've already played through before like Castlevania Symphony of the Night. But I don't normally sink a lot of time in to these.

As for TV, I mainly use netflix, and I normally have it on the side while I'm drawing so I can glance at it every so often when I need to look away from what I'm doing in photoshop. If I can help it I'll even but in something that gives me the "feel" of something I'm in to or creating at the time so that the mood sort of feeds itself and my creativity. But once I stopped playing a ton of games and just vegging while watching TV, there was a spike in my own quality and output.
Tabbysally Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
I will use this advice to my advantage >:3 thank you and خدا حافظ، بدرود، وداع.
yazukiwolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
i agree with you mostly, but I also think you need to have some knowledge of what the market`s like.
It`d be hard to be the one making the games without having been on the other end playing games to some extent.

The key is to balance your input and output time. I write manga, so I feel I need to read a great deal of manga and watch movies to study story construction. I read the manga when I`m on the train or basically whenever I can`t draw confortably, and then I watch (or maybe listen to would be more accurate) movies while I`m drawing.

Don`t get to play games much though. You can`t play and draw at the same time and they tend to consume too much time to justify my exclusive attention.
GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent perspective. And yes, your art has brought me joy on more than one occasion, so thank you for that.

Have you ever subconsciously groaned when a teen calls you "sir"... :cry:
lazer22 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
my best friend is so far ahead of me in his drive and dedication that it frustrates him to no end that he sees i have a ton of potential but very little drive. I really dont know how to just cut that part of my mind off and start the part that wants to draw non-stop but its funny that if you see me at work ive got a pencil in my hand and a sketchbook in front of me yet at home you'll see me on psn more then at my desk. Sure i can say i dont have a work area (i kinda do...>.>) but i know its just that i dont see myself where alot of pros are now and when im pumped up by my friend i mentioned i feel i can be yet a few hours later im back at the ps3. Its kinda depressing really cuse i do want to make my own comics and games someday yet the current me just cant see it and would prefer to just beat a game...yea im screwed up lol.

Great post btw ive printed it and will use it to try and keep myself focused...key word try!
ElCubanoGrande Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
For myself, a soon-to-be husband and a Dad, I couldn't agree more with your journal. It is very true what you said in regards to entertainment. Excellent advice.
GrubLord Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
You write some amazing journals, and this is one of them.

I agree 100% - but I am still weak against some entertainment, particularly Internet addiction. For all of the timewasters I actively avoid (which is most of them), I still end up succumbing to the less obvious ones. :/

One of these days I will have purged all my addictions, with fire!
TheUnlimited Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
thanks for the encouragement ill give it my best to do this
Phantosanucca Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
It's kind of hard for art to be my entertainment. Drawing is an excruciating ordeal for me, since nothing ever looks the way it's supposed to, too much re-drawing of the same line that just refuses to be drawn and other annoying technical issues that make it less a hobby and more of a joke on myself. Eventually, after a few hours I just lose all of my patience and say: "SCREW THIS, DONE".

Video Games, on the other hand, for the most part do as they're told. When I tell the guy to move forward, he doesn't lag. He doesn't spin in a circle and shoot his foot off. He goes forward. I get a lot more inner satisfaction from other people's work than my own. Video Games also have a soundtrack, world-class art design and fun.

This is an interesting article. The message is built on good intentions, but I still can't get behind it. Video Games offer me a lot more than my skills as an artist will ever provide.
me9a7 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if we can fave a journal, this is definitely one of it ;)
UltraBoo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ahaha, I've been in to TV too much lately. >.> I'm going to cut it out now, since it's not even very enjoyable. Anyway, good journal :) I hope someday I'll be as good as you if I manage to do this XD;
Lacee-Shaw Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Amen to that.
JRinaldi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
It's even trickier when you're balancing, along with a gaming hobby and art as a pasttime, a full-time job (I'm lucky enough to have one in the game industry, it just ain't art!). Wise words, though...still something I'm tryin' to figure out how to juggle, but I know it's possible, mainly thanks to guys like you.
babobarbie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I read this journal at just the right time. Lately I've been way too addicted with manga online, even with onemanga shutting down. And I was debating to just not do my summer hw or anything and just watch tv. But from now on I'll try to manage my time in a much more efficient way.
venomaxxx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
HHWHWAT onemanga is shutting down??!? when and why??
babobarbie Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
They took off all the manga on august 1st. If you check out the site, you'll see that there's no more manga on it.
ajha100 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Excellent advice for people who hadn't thought of this, and a terrific eye-opener for those of us who had forgotten! Thanks Omar, you are ALWAYS of use to us!!! :-)
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
I don't watch tv anymore and games I do only with new ones and only for about a week, and I'm picky. next game I play will be mortal kombat 9, so that's a while away. as for movies? I generally stick in a movie and draw at the same time, can't just watch the movie, that is dull unless I'm tired. so that's another way to get entertainment and continue your art too.
fox-orian Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I stopped watching TV (hell, cancelled my cable even,) about two years ago simply because I was becoming too engrossed in my work. I don't even play games anymore -- my PS3 has sat unused for pretty near a year now. At 23 years old, I feel like I made that jump to become serious about work and less reliant on procrastinating too late. Just thinking about what I could have done with myself during those crucial 16-21 age range ALMOST depresses me when I think about what I COULD have been like now.

I need to pick up the slack double time now :(
pommegenozide Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Great read!

(OH, I totally missed the Expo and I'm living here in Van T_T... that explained why I saw many came on Skytrain with bags full of cool illustrations)
Achrocide Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
same here I can't find time anymore even though I'm not in my 20s yet

I stopped watching a lot of series and hardly play videogames and
watch TV so I can practice, study and get better

sine I saw some improvement in my art I'm glad I didn't make this decision
for nothing :)
Jimmy-GV Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Thanks a lot, seriously.
mynando Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
That's some great advice, Omar. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I appreciate it.
Mushi-Blaze Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
great words of wisdom ^^
Valiant188 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Thanks for the info and advice!

I've generally fallen away from tv, but sometimes, I HAVE to play on old favorite video game (Ogre Battle 64)!

You really can do more with that saved time. :)
DrawMonkey Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I agree. I used to be a huge gamer geek too and now I have a hard time finding a solid hour to play. And I tend to get bored playing them faster too. But that just means I have more drawing time.

I'd like to add though that it's not necessary to kick entertainment out altogether. The good ones ( movies, shows, games, etc... ) actually help the imagination bloom. So does a good book too though... which I also don't usually have time for, but I try dagnabit.

So yeah, don't burn your Nintendos and PS3s and, yes, even XBoxes but don't be a game potatoe either. If you want adventure, go get lost in the woods. It's more exilerating when your life is actually in danger.
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah a little external influence can give you ap good kick imaginatively when youre out of ideas or motivation.
DrawMonkey Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Especially when you have to imagine a way not to get nibbled at by the bear.
Myselfsama Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow... Amen to this.
Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Indeed, and after doing all those things, I've seen my art improved tenfold!

Actually, I often wish I DID have more freetime to be able to do other things like games, I never have enough.
Plognark Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent advice :)
Danny-Haymond-Jr Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Great Advice!
ff-bean Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Student
True words I'm glad I heard when I first started art school about 5 years ago. It's too bad that, more often than not, the kids don't want to listen to them.
orlax Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
wow that realy are confortable words!!!!!!!!!!! every time i ask my teachers about how to improve the answer the same:

you want to draw better???? so draw !!!!!!!!!!!!

i am trying to use more of my time drawing and not seeing anothers persons journals XD (joke) well thanks for that

see youuu
Kyuuen Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
This is something I should have figured out 13 years ago. I only draw when it's exceedingly convenient for me to do so, and when nothing else is pulling away my attention. As a result, I'm 26 years old, and I draw little better than when I did when I was 14.
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Preach it, brother. Note also that your advice still applies even if you don't actually find drawing to be entertaining; in terms of actually being able to get something accomplished, managing one's indulgence in time-killing (if not utterly useless) recreational activities is pretty damn critical, regardless.
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