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(4738) () Oekaki by odyssey, total drawing time 0 : 13 : 35

odyssey 2007/11/5 - 22:8:38
This sketch serves three (3, THREE, tri, ?) purpose:
1, the "stop your f###ing whining" reason. For some time, I owned a tablet...for a long time, I hated it. Regardless of what people say, it is NOT exactly natural as paper. It is close. I can't rotate it -and- the monitor.

1a, I hate it; hoever, there are so many people who are GOOD with a tablet...they managed to OVERCOME that annoyance. 1b, There are so many people who do not own one, they can't afford one, nor (the worse) their parents believe in them enough to invest in a tablet. 1b.1, A greater tragedy: they don't have access to manga, cons nor art books! .....I still may/will whine about the tablet; but, I must practice.....and take advantage of having one when so many others don't have one. It's offensive to those people who never had the chance to enjoy art and manga...I must draw for myself and for others.

2, Some time ago, I'd decided to try to do "a-sketch-a-day". I became complacent with how good my art is...it is actually good...that I sat on my @ss (and complained about this tablet) while others are getting the breaks that were ment for me (arrogant? no, I'm not...not when people see my real physical art).

Breaks? Opprotunities? Luck? For me... it's partly timing and place. Many people are in the right place & the right time. Many mores actually made their luck. they put themselves in the right place at the right time.

I must take a lesson from them...make my own opprotunity.

3, Lastly, the "if you're so smart, why aren't you rich?" attitude. It's related to the above...but in a more direct, more cynical, more brutal, more honest way.

If I'm so good at art, why am I not famous... I ask myself. Honest...brutal...directly confronting myself.

This is where I re-start my path towrds doing what I want instead of doing what I believed others want of me.

This shall be my story
lorelai 2007/11/7 - 0:12:48
As you seem to someone who appreciates honesty....I will say that I do urge you to find and enjoy the path that your artwork takes you on. The most important thing is that it makes you happy to do it.

That said, I disagree with almost everything you wrote above. :P But that's just me.

Your art is promising, but it needs a lot of work, expansion, and growth. It throws me for a loop a bit when people say stuff like "if i'm so good, why aren't I famous" but I accept it may simply because I never felt comfortable praising my own artwork.

I sincerely wish you the best in your endeavors to better yourself (and NOT with just manga/anime/convention influences, please!!) and to expand your horizons.
senobdec 2007/11/7 - 16:50:37
lorelai, I think that's what odyssey meant - though in a rather odd, round-a-bout way.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself, realize your potentials, your likes and dislikes, and pursue something you find worthwhile, something that satisfies you on emotional and intellectual levels.

Just have fun, I guess.
odyssey 2007/11/7 - 17:21:4
thanks for the encouragement. I must continue my journey and the best way to do that is 'one foot in front of the other' or 'one line after the other'. No more excuses from myself; just draw or die. XD

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