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>tears of happiness ;____;
I got offered my dream 2D game art job today with a Real Adult Salary/Stock Options/Health Insurance. I'm 25. I grew up poor so couldn't go to college or art school, and have been working crappy full time jobs to support myself -- retail clothing, hotel front desk, hotel night audit, receptionist, tech support -- since I graduated high school.
It would sound conceited if I put this on my blog or whatever, so I'm just going to spew this out to the annals of 4chan where it will be deleted soon, in hoping someone like my past self will read it and gain encouragement:
Just please don't give up. Your art has so much value. It took me many years and 2 suicide attempts to realize it, but artists really are curators of magic. Don't let any "industry asshole" or whatever bring you down just because "they had to learn the harsh truths" when they were starting out. It IS possible to give and receive criticism WITHOUT malice and cruelty.
The world can ALWAYS use more artists, the world is NOT oversaturated with artists as long as you're being true to yourself. Please don't let anyone tell you otherwise. It was only after I stopped trying to fit the mold and had fun with creating art that I really improved leaps and bounds.
Fuck the haters. They were hurt when they were young and enthusiastic so they think it needs to be that way for everyone. It absolutely does not.
Surprising moment in Life Drawing Class
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I'm in a live drawing class (I'm fairly new to drawing, so I know my drawing is kinda shitty) and last week we had an announced female nude model for our class. I honestly expected like a 30-45 year old, average looking 6/10 woman but, instead, we actually got a student volunteer from a college near mine. She was about 19 or 20 years old, actually really cute and it was her first time modeling nude for a class and she looked fairly nervous. The teacher was really trying to keep her cool and calm.
So she took off her robe and we started doing short gesture drawings and she was running through a series of standing poses. After a while, she got on the ground and began doing some sitting and reclining poses. The class was really full and I was basically the only person at the side of the room, so I had a different perspective than anyone else. At one point she got in a position where she kind of got in a ball, bringing her knees into her chest (like in my drawing). I think she was so focused on the people in front of her that she didn't realize the pose inadvertently gave me a VERY intimate view of her butt. It was a 5 minute pose and my heart was literally racing because this girl was unknowingly giving me a completely open and explicit view of her butthole and vagina. It was surreal. I was trying to draw and focus, because the drawings were for a grade and then I seriously wondered if it would be appropriate to be “anatomically complete”, afterall, I'm supposed to be drawing what I see. In the last 45 seconds, I decided to complete the drawing in all its anatomical glory and submit them.
I ended up get a 100 completion grade on the drawings, so I guess the professor was cool with it. Anyways, have any of you guys taken live drawing and/or had any awkward experiences?
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How do I make money through art / How do I sell out?
I'm tired of my work /ic/. I make good money, pay the bills, well respected in my community, people envy what I have and thank me for what I do for the community. I won't go into details, but I run a business that in turn keeps a lot of kids off the streets because my shop is in the middle of a Cali ghetto.
But a business is a lot of stress, late nights, inability to have a functional relationship due to lack of time, etc. So I want to walk away from it all, even though it most likely means falling into semi-poverty. The sacrifices have been too much and now I want to be selfish.
I want to do this by barely scrapping by on art alone and I'm already use to being in this situation. Once again I run a business, and starting a small business means at least a year of living off barely nothing.