Wow that's just a list of torture there, heheh! I definitely agree with number 2, but number 1 is more of a motivation for me because by comparing myself to them, I realize that I must get better as an artist so I can be better than them!
The money thing definitely keeps me in a "regular" job. After so many rejection letters, I just kinda slacked off after college. Now I'm just too afraid of sucking. Stupid, I know; Which makes it even more depressing that I let myself get this bad.
1 is a trap that you have to be very careful of on sites like deviant art. and oh im an Expert on 2, but i dont give a crap what my family has to say on the subject. 6 is a complex and dangerous issue especially in this economy.Sort of feeling a bit of 7 all in all very informative.
I might add that you don't need to be professional to be considered an artist. A pro career is not the only validation, and it need not be the most important one either. Joy of expression is the truest validation of the creative gift, and when this joy can be shared with others, or if the expression can reach out to other minds and hearts.
I need to tattoo that on my left arm. That way when I screw up.. I can just go and reference which one I am doing, and do the opposite. I know I've done #1 enough times to sink my "dream" ship... to the bottom of the deepest darkest (not going emo here I promise) ocean. Figuratively speaking.
I dunno about the second, but I guess that's subjective. My entire family consists of artists of some variety (about an even split between illustrators and performers) so we're always encouraging one another in just about everything we do there. But, I don't always expect 'cheering' from friends, coworkers, etc., usually getting even mixes of "that's cool" and "that's lame". But, that's more in the critiquing sense. I haven't gotten any kind of "you shouldn't do art" from anyone I spend any time at all around.
I was always very mixed with this stuff. I can agree to some of it, but if you want to actually be successful, doing what the client wants is kind of necessary. I mean, it's great to do what you love and to expand your horizons, but if you won't listen to other people you won't get very far either. I hope artists that plan to go into illustrations and commission work think a bit more before following this too completely : |c.
And totally my personal opinion here, but I feel this thing is more boastful then useful. Good for the ego, but that's about it.
Take from it what you will. If you read below or above your comment you will see that not everyone lives life as you do or has the exact, same life lessons and experience as you or thinks like you. Thanks for your personal opinion!
2. is kinda mixed for me. Some my most of my fam cheers me on really, but that's because being able to draw anything to them means"Omg you are the best in the world'.It actually kinda annoys me lol. That and some do still go "omg you did that on a computers! So what buttons did you press to make it magically appear?"
This is all so true. The family stuff is the hardest for me. I finally got past a lot of the limitations I was putting on myself, but the e-mails from my parents about their disappointment still hit very hard. Of course, that's part of why I moved 2000 miles away from them...