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"Complacency is the womb of mediocrity."
Focal point of my personal philosophy. Never stand still, always keep moving, be a shark in desire. You stop moving, you can't breathe, you die!
Nothing is forever. Movement causes change.
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http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=192127"Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."-John Huston, Director
We need a kick in the ass like this sometimes...........
i really feel pitiful when i say i don't have any inspiration or will to draw.....
This one was needed, due and ... thank you ... these are real words of wisdom from a great man !
that's what they should teach in schools from day one until graduation. although it's all a little more involved than just that.
Man, I'm 27 and I've just now got it thru my head that I really want to do concept work and graphic design. Have a lot of catching up to do. Look for me here often getting inspiration from you guys.
Wow. Thanks for sharing that, Jason.
This is something you think about, maybe know subconsciously and try. But, until you see it written down, until you see it experienced through the eyes of another, it doesn't really hit home; the heart doesn't really believe.
Jason, thanks for posting this. It says everything I believe but have not expressed.
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shit!!! that is awesome
This is really a great post. A good piece of advice~
The Ghost of Spata. The God of War!
Give them nothing, but take from them, EVERYTHiNG!
Thank you vary much for your Encouraging words.
Sorry you had a Rough past,But I see in many ways most people that had it bad made a better life then most if not all the so called "grown up with silver spoon"
Good thread guys
Actually a week or two all my video games got stolen (wii/ps2, about 40 games D. Not that cool of a situation, but in a way it's something I needed to happen but didn't have the will to do myself (not that I'm obsessed, but hey an hour or so a day of gaming really cuts into your drawing time when you've got a busy schedule). Living without distraction has been a weakness for me, so I'm glad to have the chance to read some inspiring words relating to that aspect of being an artist.
Very inspiring Jason and Elwell
Great, I never get bored reading this advice...
I should reread it again.
Last edited by Fitzin; June 23rd, 2009 at 04:55 PM. Reason: OUCH, Did I say that??
I can't believe I didn't read this sticky earlier...
after reading jason's words, i am really inspired...thank you for the story..it seems that i dunno if we are on the same age but i guess i also experienced that in a way. coz if you're there and i'm here in the third world country it's much harder to do what you did. i experienced working on a restaurant cooking "pancit" just dreaming that someday i will have my formal training in fine art.... if only the internet was created earlier before and sophisticated just like now...1992 will not be the same. though it seems right the way they were if not i'm not be able to experienced to paint and used watercolor as a medium.....oh too much already...thanks again
It is not harder to do that where you are. It is far easier. Hell, you can get all the art training you need online. Even with exchange rates it is cheaper than I had to pay to learn that info...by a hundred times. I made only enough money for food and living for years. I had to work three jobs at times plus draw and paint all night. I can say this much. My sleep is in the range of five hours a night...motivation is not an issue to have problems with. Just gotta go go go. do do do.
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Damn. I work a 12 hour shift most days, and try to get 8 hours sleep each night. But if you're making it with 5 hours, then it sounds like I have some schedule adjusting to do.
Look, I have to say something after reading that. Seriously, Jason, you're awesome. I am personally going through the shift from laziness to pure, driven, work--shirking off the laziness like it's some kinda deadly disease. More than anything I want to inspire people with my art, and I know I'm not satisfied AT ALL with my current skill level, but trust me, I'm working on it.
I've known that I've had a very privileged life, even if my family is usually in the negative I still get food on my plate every day, and a bed to sleep, with a roof over my head.
But seriously, I'm working towards my goal, my drive is increasing with every passing day. I want to bring people up with me, too. My family members in general are couch potatoes. My friends aren't that far off either.
I've told my friends I want to be the absolute best artist I can be, or die trying.
Practice, practice, practice...
While i deeply emphasize and even feel angry that some people end up in life situation like yours (talking about the homelessness obviously), that was a truly motivating and beautiful story - thank you . I'm going to bookmark this to read whenever i feel my motivation waning again.
I'm going to copy that onto my blog to motivate myself, then I'm going to get on with this damn painting infront of me...
Absolutely inspiriting thank you very much for sharing that info Jason.
"He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast." -Leonardo da Vinci
I've bookmarked this page for those times that I get too depressed and down on my situation.
Thank you Jason for the words, and Elwell for posting it again!
a much needed read. thank you.