I really, really, really, REALLY admire your artwork. Sometimes I even think that the stuff I do pales SO greatly to your stuff that I just give up. But no one wants others to quit so I just continue, trying to reach your level (even though I can't)
Silly anime references aside, I’d like to say a few things. First off, thank you for thinking so highly of me, anon, it means a lot and I appreciate it :)
And I understand where you’re coming from, anon, it’s tough and hard, and sometimes it feels like you’ll never be any good, but I’ve got a little story for ya.
Ever since I was little, my mother paid for me me to go to art classes. The way it worked was, everyone, no matter their skill level and age, worked in the same room, so everyone could see what everyone else was doing. Some of the older kids’ stuff blew my little juvenile mind.
Drawing was something I liked doing as a little kid and it was fun, but I admired the older kids so much and wanted to be on their level so bad, it almost hurt. I tried to draw like they did, I really did, but it was never anywhere as good as they were and I pouted and frowned and maybe stomped my feet a little. The teachers never seemed to understand that I wanted to draw like the big kids, all they did was tell me to shade properly, point out where my lines weren’t right, and say, “Keep on practicing.” So I did.
I continued with my art lessons for a helluva long time, and along the way, I noticed something, something strange. From time to time, a kid or two would wander over to me and stare at what I was doing. By then I was older and in high school, close to starting up a portfolio for university entrance interviews, and these little kids would just look and look and look at what I was drawing. Sometimes, they were really quiet and would just stare until the teacher told them to get back to work, but other times, they’d speak up and say something like, “You’re really good” or, “I wish I was as good as you.” I’d nod and say thanks, then maybe tell them to get back to their seat because they really weren’t supposed to wander around when they were supposed to be drawing.
And then, it hit me.
I used to be one of those kids.
It’s the weirdest thing ever when I think back on it. I used to hang around and gawk at the older kids and think, “This will never be me, I’ll never ever ever be good enough to do something like that.” And somehow, through some magical process otherwise known as practice and patience (cheesy but it works, I swear) I reached that faraway goal that I always thought I’d never even catch a glimpse of.
I used to want to give up too, anon, and sometimes I still do because there are still artists who are LEAGUES better than me out there, and you may think that people are telling you to persevere just to make themselves feel better by not letting you give up, but I think there is definitely something to be said for perseverance. The next time you see a really fantastic artist, I want you to know that more than likely, they’ve had the very same thoughts in their head as you do. Remember, if this is something you really want and you actively seek to improve yourself, get others to help you, and don’t give up, it will happen. It will take time and effort, but it will happen. Even on the off-chance that you decide art isn’t for you, I still think that it would be something you could learn from.
And I’m really sorry that this is so damn long, my god am I preachy and long-winded, it’s just something I’d like to share because you’re not the only person I’ve seen to say something like, “Y’all dudes are too good for me, I might as well not bother.”
I'll say this unanonymously because I'm not a big pussy. I think you're a really fantastic artist and a very witty and clever person, and I consider you a friend :>
Thank you Squeaky, I think you’re a fantastic artist yourself and also a great person to hang around :> In return for your kind words and friendship I drew this picture of us as bros from da hood check it.
But of course everything is made better with blingee, including homies with street cred.