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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Good advice, Omar :) Though I still love to play games, haha.
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Prodigious-Girl Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Words of wisdom.
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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
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm trying to do that... but it's tooooooo hard.
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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!
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