I know this is kind of a weird first two questions that I'm posting but I need to ask since I've had this feeling for a while now. I'm probably not the only one who felt this but I need some advice.
First off, I have alot of friends who aren't artist at all. They just don't understand how it's like to do what we do. I tend to get looked down on because of stupid stereotypes of the lazy comptemporary artist who doesn't do much of his life. They keep thinking ''You're an artist, you've got plenty of time on your hands to do this stuff!'' OR (which is the worst) ''You're an artist! Drawing doesn't take that much time!'' GGGGRRRRRR!!!! I tried to explain to them that it's take alot of hard work and dedication to do good art but they just don't get it! Every time that I face these people and they ask me what I've been doing lately and that my answer is '' I've been working and drawing alot lately...'', they have this look on their face saying ''Wow, you are such a lazy bum.'' which makes me feel kind of worthless. I know that I shouldn't let that get to me but it just makes me feel sorry for myself.
Have any of you ever felt like this? What did you do in these situations? How do you deal with these people?
Secondly, with almost the same people, when they ask me to hang out with them and I can't because I have to work on my projects, it's always the same reaction I get.
On one side, I want to draw draw draw to reach my goals. I love drawing, it's my passion! I want to do this for a living! But sometimes, when I'm behind my drawing board and I look outside thinking ''I miss my friends, going out to have fun, meet girls and discover new things...'', I tend to feel lonely.
On the other side, I go out with my friends, have alot of fun but then in the middle of a night out, I'm thinking to myself ''Man, I have to get back to my drawing board because at this rate, I'll never get better at it...'' which makes me feel stressed about not reaching my goals.
Have this ever happenned to any of you? How should I deal with that?
Thanks for the help! (And sorry to be a bit depressing!)