So I just finished a short phone interview, and I was thinking, what the hell, I’m already keyed up from that (hate phones hate hate hate) so I might as well call every office on my Art Director StalkContact List that I wasn’t able to email and ask about portfolio submissions while I’m at it.
I’m getting increasingly upset anytime I see people respond to people’s art with “I GIVE UP” or “I QUIT ART” or “I’M NEVER DRAWING AGAIN.”
I mean… seriously, people? Are you listening to yourselves?
1) Have more confidence in yourself, and be patient. It’s okay if you can’t do everything in the world like everyone else immediately. That doesn’t make them better or you worse.
2) Stop making other people feel bad or guilty for sharing their work with you or being good at what they do. Telling someone that you want to give up because of what they posted is a lousy thing to do.
3) The only real difference between you and that other artist is the amount of hard work and practice they’ve put in. It’s not magic. There’s no special secret. You can do these things, too, if you stop threatening to hurl yourself off an artistic cliff every time someone posts something that you chose to see as intimidating. Everyone’s artwork has something special and unique, and everyone at every skill level sees things they admire in other artists’ work. Your work is special, even if it isn’t exactly the same as other people’s.
So just, calm down, cut yourself some slack, and stop shaming people for working hard and being good at what they do.
*replace “art” with your chosen field/hobby/skill as required.
I’ve said ‘I GIVE UP’ etc as a joke before, and I know not everyone who says it means it, but yes. I spent the summer before my first year of school depressed because I wasn’t Sarah Cloutier or Naomi Chen, and having successfully gotten myself out of that mindset once, I’ve very aware of not doing it again.
It’s so much more motivating to look at art that’s better than mine and go, ‘What is this person doing right that I’m not? How are they doing that thing right?’ - and then I look at Gillian's art and try to take some of her fluidity and color, and I look at Dan Dos Santos’ paintings and try to absorb his paint application and action, and I look at Greg's art and try to figure out how he gets the feel so right every single time, and I look at John Jude Palencar's paintings and try to absorb the incredible weight of stillness he puts into every piece, and on and on and on.
It would be so exhausting to look to everyone I admired and turn inward in self-loathing. By looking to those people for inspiration and knowledge, I’m buoyed.
We interrupt this art blog to inquire if anyone is interested in buying four two Sandman volumes (2, 4, 7 and 9), all of which are paperback and in gently used condition.
I’m thinking of asking for $50 for all four $20 for two, or, I dunno, $15 per? Though I’m willing to hear all offers. (If anyone has a paperback Spectrum 7 or 13, I’m more than willing to trade.) I’d be covering shipping.
Iiiiiiiif anyone decides they want all four for $50, I’ll throw in a sketch of whatever the purchaser wants~