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April 18th, 2012 #27
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Well, I'm 40 and started to draw a couple of month ago, what should I say ? ^^ Am I stupid ? I don't think so (or maybe yes, but not for this subject ). The problem is the goal. My goal is not to be a professional artist (I used to be as a musician in the past), it's to draw, better and better each day. And if one day I can earn money from my paintings, why not ? If I can earn enough, I can even stop my actual job. But well, I don't really care for the moment, the problem here and now is to learn how to draw.
As soon as you mastered the fondamentals (ok, it's already a difficiult goal), you can't compare yourself with other in the artistic world, it's just impossible. Is this guy better than you ? No, he's just different, you have your own sensibility, your own way of expression, your own way to see things and translate them in your art, and nobody can do what you do, and you will never be able to do what other artists do, because everyone is unique. Be confident. If a professional likes your art, he won't try to find someone else with quite similar art (which is impossible) but younger for obscure raison... Who care if you're 20 or 60 ?
Time is easy to find for everyone. I have a full time job, but I have no TV, I don't play anymore games, I try to not spend too much time on internet for nothing. And so, I have really a lot of time (ok, I'm single, and don't have childs, so it's easier for me, but I'm sure people with family can also find a lot of more time thant they said they have). Spend as much as time you can find to draw.
So, do you want to make money or do you want to be a good artist ? If you want to make money, then just do something else, if you want to be a good artist, then draw, think to draw, take time to draw and that's all, eventually you'll make money with it.
April 18th, 2012 #29
You should go outside, lie down on the grass and be depressed rather than, say, do something useful like figure out where your artistic strengths lie and find markets where you can compete more effectively.
April 18th, 2012 #30
... and I feel like I'm going to be forced living as a burger-flipping someone.
My sketchbook thread:
April 18th, 2012 #31Registered User
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Work: 8 hours
Sleep: 8 hours
Draw: 8 hours
That's 24 hours right there and that's not even including driving/walking to work, cooking, eating, shitting and showering.
I suppose you could sleep for 6 hours, but as far as I'm concerned, I need between 7-8 hours of sleep. Still, I manage to get between 3-5 hours a day (not including weekends) of drawing time on work days and draw off and on, on the weekends.
My Sketchbook: Criticisms and Feedback needed
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
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April 18th, 2012 #34Jester
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April 18th, 2012 #35
What motivates me is people that have started at a later age that I have and made it, people who realized their dream as an artist after a career in something else- basically everyone that can proof you don't have to be a lunatic living in your car eating canvas and licking brushes because anything else wouldn't be 'true dedication'.
..I just read these forums too often. Waste of time, touché!
Thanks for the bold response.
April 18th, 2012 #36
Hey, I used to think this way. Then I went walking in the park one day and met this 40 year old guy who said he finally got his job at Pixar as an animator and that he'd spent the past 10 years trying to get in -- and it was all worth it.
The focus should really be on your art anyhow, on what you want to do with your visions, your ideas, how you're going to make them come to life. The job is just a really nice side option. That's the way I see it.
April 18th, 2012 #37
Thanks a lot to anyone who answered to this post.
Well, with "pros" i do of course not mean people who sell some art for a few dollars. I just might give some examples:
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=140145 18 years
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=140145 . 19 y (you migh know him from the CA Sketchbooks)
http://maria-menshikova.deviantart.com/ - 19 y
These are child prodigies in my opinion. not to mention artists like jana schirmer, algenpfleger or Charlie Bowater who also had been amazing at a young age.
And, the reason why I want to become good at art:
Drawing is my passion; its what i love to do. I gave up on many, many things to improve my skills: Social life; I have one but way less then before i started the practice.
Playing my favorite PC games. Writing.
because illustrating is my vocation and i want to do it as an occupation until i die - or at least until i'm not able to hold a pencil anymore.
It's not about fame or something...no way. its all about what i want for my life and my future.
after reading your comments it feels like a little bit of the pressure is gone because many of you brought me to think about my fears.
i am a person who tries to be optimistic in every area of the life and of course i never give up working.
April 18th, 2012 #38
So you gave examples for THREE people. How many artists do you think are in the entire world?
If you are worried about your future, worry about your future and stop comparing.
In short the people who worry too damn much about everyone else make threads like these
The ones who worry about their future and meeting their goals make threads like these
April 18th, 2012 #39Registered User
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And SamC, you'll notice is on page 79 of his sketchbook thread. Algen is well over 100. This tells me they got to where they are with a lot of work and dedication, not by being child prodigies. They just started working harder at a younger age.