afrofabulous asked: Do you think that 28 is too old to try to pursue a career in art on your own terms? I wanted to be a 3D animator for as long as I can remember, but when I got to college I realized that going to college for it wasn't for me. The school and the environment was horrible and I was completely uninspired to continue animation. I went to school for fashion illustration after that and I although my teachers thought my art was truly beautiful, I didn't get to finish because I started a family.
(cont.) I became inspired again recently and I have been drawing and sketching everyday (for the past two years) as well as learning animation on my own. I am heavily influenced by your webcomic, but I just wanted to know if it was too late to pursue my dream without school and by myself at 28?
I started TJ and Amal at 31, with a weak art education and zero experience in comics, so you can probably guess where I stand on the matter!
I wish our culture didn’t place such heavy emphasis on “making it” in your teens and twenties; that the (justifiable!) attention paid to prodigies wouldn’t set “prodigy” as the norm. This kind of BS does everyone a disservice.
If you have a dream and the ability to pursue it, there’s no reason to sit it out just because “everyone makes it by 25.” Because everyone DOESN’T make it by 25. Some do, some don’t, whatever.
Sometimes when I get discouraged about this, it helps to remember an anecdote I read a few years ago—
A retiree mentions to her friend that she’s considering going back to college and finishing her degree.
"What, at 65?" says her friend, "You’ll be at least 40 years older than everyone else in class!"
To which the lady replies, “oh, so you think I should wait till I’m 70?”
There’s no going backwards. Good luck in whatever path you choose!
This is an amazing post from an amazing artist who has, after many years of sticking with it and being a “nobody,” made it big. She deserves all the fame and love that she has and more, and this is great advice from her.
Sadly in comics, the audience never sees our roots-the years and years of work before we land a break or make the comic that hits the sweet spot. Roots may take decades to grow before a tree produces fruit.
I needed to read this right now, so thank you!
Something does float back, just not in what you were searching for. Because you put stuff out there, you improve every…
Thank you for the response <3 I appreciate it. I know I do continue to get better and I just need to keep going; I’m just apprehensive because of how things have gone regarding audience building thus far. But I’ll have to see how it goes in the coming months, if I keep up the extra self promo efforts and such.
hyenadon replied to your post “[[MOR] Struggling not to be down on myself lately. That I’m even…”
you’re alll…. you’re an art spark, you need to be doing it. and it makes sense that you would want attention for the thing that you love. allowing yourself to feel your feelings is the most important part of processing them
Thanks for the response, it’s helpful. I need to get better about being okay with that feeling; I have a tendency to take societal messages to heart without meaning to, and I guess ‘wanting attention is bad’ is one of those that I’ve really had ironed in but that I shouldn’t be listening to, and not getting onto myself for especially…