How to make friends on deviantARTThis is a remake of an old journal I made, but it seems like it's happening a lot around here again, so I'll be reiterating and adding more things to it here! Feel free to link anyone to this journal if they're attempting to force friendship on you or are just going about things in the wrong way, and need a little nudge in the right direction.There /is/ a RIGHT WAY and a WRONG WAY to try to make friends!Wrong WayHave you ever been asked by someone randomly, "Can we be friends?" ? Or perhaps someone simply acts as if you are their best friend, even when you don't know them. They may comment to others talking about you a lot, or call you by a nickname that only your friends use, write journals about you, send tons of notes or comments to you, "mention" you all the time, jump into your conversations with someone else, or perhaps make a lot of buddy-buddy fan-art that makes you uncomfortable?This is a message for those kinds of people. Friendship is not
Why are we slower?About a month ago I finally got to meet an art hero of mine, Klaus Janson, a well known pro who's been in the industry for over 30 years. A mutual friend introduced us, and we hit it off right away. The group of us went through the Village hitting pub after pub, and soon I was drunk enough to ask Klaus something that had been bugging me.I asked him if modern comic artists are, on average, slower than we used to be. He said yes, and I agreed.From the Golden Age until the 80s, pencillers were generally expected to turn in at least two pages a day, while an inker was expected to turn in around 3-4. There were a handful of exceptions, I'm sure, but most of the artists could pump out pages like human printing presses. In the current comic industry, it's completely reversed: while a handful of artists can still hit this speed, the vast majority can't. Pencillers today struggle to produce a page-per-day, while inkers (those who still ink with ink) are hitting around 2.So what happened? I'v
ENVY...I get comments similar to this quite often:"I envy your ability to do ________" or "I really envy your style and the way you're able to capture ________ so well".Though I do readily accept those comments as compliments, it's kind of a catch-22 because I believe that envying another's skill isn't helpful in the least.Yeah, envy can fuel desires that help push ones to try harder and to advance at astronomical levels, but the negative aspects of envy outweighs these desires, in my honest opinion
What envy, in its purest form, is: "a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck". So in essence, it all comes from having low self-esteem or a low-tolerance for what you're capable of at the current moment. Having no will or determination in your own work can really push this resentful emotion. This isn't a good quality (in my opinion) to have because it can very easily lead to unhappiness and discontent with your work.
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS...."The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case." - Chuck CloseGood luck on your projects this year!L