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I just had the great honor of being interviewed by Alex Hurst! If interested, you can find it here: alex-hurst.com/2014/06/22/illu…

Also be sure to check out the other awesome interviews of his "Illustrious" series: alex-hurst.com/category/interv…

It actually took quite a few months for me to complete this interview. At the onset, I found it very difficult to speak confidently of my work and process, when personally I didn't feel very good about it at all.  It felt wrong to pretend otherwise, so I put it off.

Probably all artists can relate to the overwhelming feeling of inadequacy. We see so much amazing work posted by artists everyday, but we don't see the hard years of struggle behind it. It becomes easy to question one's own abilities when we know our personal challenges all too well.

Of course, those feelings of doubt are just part of the creative process.   
There's only one solution really, and that's to keep making art.  




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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Finally checked this out. Great interview! We're our own worst critic, but it's important to recognize our strong points, which may be a lot more than we think. You're a fantastic artist and I always look forward to what you come up with next. Keep up the wonderful work!! :)
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Cheetox Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is oddly inspirational - I'm not an artist myself, but my friends are - they're always saying they're not good, their work is awful, and when I see likely one of my all time favourite artists with this astonishing skill say they still feel inadequate, I can point them here and tell them "See, they're the same and they're amazing. SO ARE YOU. so shh"

But I suppose it's the whole thing of the artist always sees where they went wrong, what they couldn't perfect, what was in their mind and what they see before them - and usually, you get better as you go, so your art will always be behind your capabilities, in a way. But when the end product is stunning, and appreciated by others, does it really matter?
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GoodAp0llo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
I know that no matter what people tell you about your work, you can still feel like it's not good enough. This may sound bad, but it's good to know someone as good and skilled as you are can still feel that way. I don't know, it's just very human, and it's good to know that I'm not the only one that gets so down on myself. It's good that you want to channel it into keeping on being creative and putting out your work. You and your art is really an inspiration, especially the treat of getting to know your process in your own words! Very helpful... you seem so down to earth and your art is wonderful. Thank you for opening up and thanks for posting this interview! :)
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agapetos Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
"Probably all artists can relate to the overwhelming [...]"

Thank you for these inspiring and encouraging words! I'll print them out to remind me not to give up.
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gabrielegabba Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic interview :)
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peanutbutterman Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Will grinding for 9 hours a day improve my art?
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peanutbutterman Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for such a great reply man I truly appreciate it!
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ThiaminaTenn Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2014   Digital Artist
I guess, this is a good place to tell you, that you're one of my absolutely favorite artists. From over 900 artists I watch here on DA, you're one of the cases where I'm uberhappy everytime I see in my inbox that you posted new art. Your color sense and feeling for characters is extraordinary and I enjoy it every single time. So please, please be happy with your art and don't be to hard to yourself. You're right, we artists may not exist without all the struggles and the hate/frustration we feel when we think an artwork we created is absolute failure, and it seems that we need to feel like that to be able to improve. And yes, quitting is never an option because the art itself is what drives us forward, but I really hope that you're not too often frustrated. It maybe hard to see for yourself how good you really are, but everything you do feels for me unique and extremely personal. Please, never stop! Huggle! 

Thank you so much for the interview and especially for being so honestly!
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Thanks so much for sharing the interview and for sharing so much in the interview - I really appreciate the chance to get to know more about how an artist I really admire, like yourself, works and what you think it's important for yourself and others to work on. Your interview reminded me that I need to work on colour, movement, depth and perspective so thankyou!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:) and thank you!
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AlexHurst Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I think you're a wonderful artist, and you have a unique expression in your work, which is arguably the most important quality for an artist to have.

Thank you so much for doing this interview. I loved your answers and insights, and I'm sure many more people will love them, too!
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Air-KC Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student General Artist
am actually totally wowed by ur interview its really nice of u to share this type of things with us and let us see and know that there are many thing going on behind your art...
this also, personally, makes me want to work harder to find my self in art, which like u i love, and like u and am sure many others, am sure, i feel that  there is always this nagging  thing that wants to block ur path but i try to block moving forward hoping to one day be really good at this.
so thanks once more. looking forward to more of ur workHug Hatsune Miku-06 (Smile) 
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good to hear!

Yep, you just gotta keep drawing.  In some ways it gets easier, in other ways it's always a challenge. :)
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Air-KC Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Totally agree! :-)
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NitelyHallow Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) , great interview. I just came across another concept artist that I wasn't sure if you knew about, " Abe Taraky" ? abetaraky.blogspot.com/ . Check him out if you already haven't ;)
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Now there's someone who makes it look easy! Gah, he's great, thanks for sharing :)
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NitelyHallow Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha meant to show you him the other day, forgot until I saw this journal :D
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naoxy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this. Sometimes it's really easy to forget all the hard work that artists I admire put in for those amazing pieces. And I start falling into comparing my stuff to others. Haha. It's a good reminder, just keep doing what you do and enjoy it all. XD

(I guess I've hit that hard wall again, where I'm pushing myself to do something different, but I feel a little lost. )
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes, I can relate to that feeling!   When in doubt, just keep drawing :)
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I can't say whether it is comforting or depressing to hear that even the best artists out there still think they aren't that good. Perhaps it is thanks to this self-doubt that you keep getting better and better :)
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It probably is a necessary curse. If we were happy with where we're at, we wouldn't have any motivation to improve. 
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zathraya Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is fantastic! I don't know why you'd feel inadequate.  You're one of my favorites, I'm always looking at your art in awe. :)


 I'm kinda going through the same thing right now and pondering quitting for a while.  But you have a point kinda gotta just keep going.  But is it worth it to force yourself to keep going?  Sorry you don't have to answer that.  
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Also...

Maybe you enjoy creating, but you haven't yet found the right medium that works best for you.  Think of all the possibilities out there, and explore them.

Painting- Fine art, book illustration, game/movie illustration, concept art...
Sculpture- Clay, paper, wax, metal, found objects, plushy...
Design- logos, layouts, apparel, interface...
Fashion- costumes, hair, makeup...

Experiment with everything!
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zathraya Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'll try as many as I can.  I enjoyed oil painting alot I just couldn't think of how I could use it for my graphic novel.  I've actually done metal work, interesting but nerve wrecking (I fear hot things, I don't like being near them especially when the teacher is telling horror stories).  But there's so much I haven't tried.  I'll try and get my hands on some new things!  :)
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's a great question, and a really tough one.

I think you have to ask yourself if there is something else you'd rather be doing in life.  It's perfectly fine if there is. There's no shame in putting art on hold while you pursue some other passion.  But, make sure that it is a passion, and not just a path of least resistance.  

Where do you spend your time and money now? That may be a good indication of what you should focus on professionally. 

If you know you enjoy art, what's preventing you from doing it? Is it some other interest, obligation, or just good ol' laziness.  If laziness is your answer, as is often enough for myself, then you just need to work on improving your day-to-day habits.  If you're serious about it, then 5+ hours (on average) of art activity every day should sound doable. That's not to say it will all be hours of joy. Actually, it will probably feel a lot like work. There should be moments though, perhaps rather short-lived, of great satisfaction. That, I think, is a good sign that you're on the right track. 

Let me know if you want any advice or critique on your art. Sometimes we just need a little direction. :) (Smile) 
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zathraya Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My problem is I have no direction right now which is a little discouraging.  I wanted to work on a graphic novel but I didn't feel my skills were up to par with say work like yours so I just kinda lost my footing because I'm struggling thinking how far I need to go.  I want that passion back that I had though,  I'm hoping it'll come back on its own sometime soon.

Haha I spend most my time reading and playing video games over the summer.  But the passion is not like I had previously with art. :/

You have a point.  Maybe I just need to DO IT.  In any case you've given me some things to think about and I thank you for your guidance. :)

You'd do that for someone like me (way behind you)?!  I figure all the professionals are busy so I am afraid to ask them things.  But I'll try and take you up on your offer!  Thanks so much! :D
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A graphic novel is a massive task for anybody.  I would say go ahead, start on it. If you do, you'll learn a ton and improve from the process.  But it's so difficult to keep momentum on such a daunting project, maybe it is better to start with something smaller, more bite-size?  

Start off with a simple and doable goal, like one completed illustration per week.  It doesn't matter the size or subject, but some completed image per week.  Although that doesn't sound like much, if you can do that consistently, you'll be producing and improving at an impressive rate. 


 
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zathraya Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just start on it?  Hmmm.  I might just do that.  I want it to look really good so I've been hesitant.  But with that mindset I might never start. Maybe I'll focus on character designs first.  Would that be small enough? Maybe.

Okay that sounds like a good plan,  I'll give that a try.  I thank you for your advice btw I'm feeling actually a little better about my goals now.
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