Hey guys~~ Today was such an awesome day~ It was Art @ the Governor's again this year and I had so much fun meeting new artists and some people who new me from dA already. Now, what I wanna talk to you guys about today is, do NOT let anyone discourage you! The first year at this event where I showed my work, I was next to an old Caymanian art teacher and he introduced himself to me. He basically told me to stop what I was doing and draw on pen and paper because it wouldn't help me doing digital work. Now I agree that working with pencil and paper works, but only because it is to mainly focus on shading. He doesn't like digital art and to tell me to stop doing what I was doing because I was relying on my computer for everything was extremely disrespectful. This year I ended up having a spot next to him again. He approached me and didn't even recognize me. I had said that my dad told me this morning that he told him to meet me. He already did, but didn't know that it was me. My friends Ashley, Mia and Rachel came to see me and the man asked for their opinion about my art, "What they really think of it.". They said they loved my art and that it's so creative and could never think of anything like it. The man then proceeds to bash my art and the fact that I did it digitally. He rambled on and on to my friends about what I was doing was wrong and something about it sucking all my creativity or some shit because it was on the computer. I don't even know, he had no idea what he was talking about to the point where my mind was overflowing with bad words and images of me flipping my desk on top of his face. It was so disrespectful and ignorant of him to continue to insult me and my art AND my passion AND the reason why I have made so many friends, apart from my personality. I started writing, on the side of my drawing in SAI, little messages to my friends to not listen to him and raging about his ignorance.
If you really love something, do not let anyone take that from you! I love my art work and I love digital art! With digital art, I have made amazing friends and never felt so good about myself. If it wasn't for my digital art, I never would have met so many people that took their time to embarrass me and teach me to be careful with what I say and it's not okay to be an asshole. If it wasn't for my digital art I never would have made my characters and stories and met you guys and come this far. Work towards your dream and never let anyone stop you! I always wanted to be the artist that had their work up on the front page and have a fan club and tons of loving watchers that support me and give me fan art. Now I have found myself on the front page, I have a fan club and I have so many amazing watchers that I love and that make my day.
I believe in karma or blessings and curses. After he had bashed my work and what I was doing, I ended up having a crowd of people behind me watching me draw and interviewing me. I had met tons of other young artists and that kept coming back and forth to talk to me and show me their characters. I had a bunch of young artists and their mom's asking me for the program and what I do and I started encouraging all of them. When they interviewed me and asked the question "What advice do you have for me if I wanted to have art as a career?", I answered loud and clear and pointed at the man and said, "Do not listen to anyone that discourages you from doing what you love, because if it makes you happy, that's all that matters.". The man was very upset and glared at me and the crowd, while no one came to see him. So in conclusion, do not listen to anyone when they try to take away your happiness. In the end, it all comes down to you and what makes you happy. Like Ian said to me today, "You can't please everyone.". Also... like what Sweet Brown says... "Ain't nobody gat time fo dat!"
I love you all and I hope you have an amazing day~~