Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Am I Deserving???

So....this happened to me this week...



A special thanks to Nate William @n8w and Illustration Mundo @imundo 
To be featured on a site that promotes artists to Agents, Editors and Art Directors is a BIG deal.
To have been hand-selected by such a talent as NATE WILLIAMS is an EVEN BIGGER DEAL.
AND

then I did these...

 and got frustrated...

and wanted to go hide in a hole...
& someone said they 'looked forced'
and wondered if I was deserving of any sort of feature/highlight/accolade...
or if I will ever figure out my work...
or how to paint...
or really quit giving a s**t and just 
LOOSEN UP AND CREATE LIKE A KID AGAIN!!!!!
Will all this gnashing of teeth one day lead me to greatness??

16 comments:

  1. I think that's wonderful, Jenn! Congrats...you deserve all the attention your work is getting, you reakky do and don't let anyone sway you in thinking otherwise. Never ever...your drawings never looked forced, and boy, you DO know how to paint and create the cutest poses and characters. Feeling frustrated is natural and not allowing yourself to let yourself sat in any one genre keeps you learning and growing as the super artist you are. It will lead you to greatness, Jenn....it's already happening. Believe it. ^_^ Or do I have to come over there with an army of cheerleaders? Cause I will. lol..I will always be a HUGE fan of your work. Love and cheers, Jenn!

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    1. SUPER BIG HUGS to you my talent friend. I also forget we are equipped with different gifts and that it isnt fair for me to compare myself to one who has been painting for fifty years. HA! Growing is hard...painful...thanks for being my cheer squard. It gets lonely trying to figure this all out.

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  2. Forced?! I don't see that at all! You are deserving!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. It is amazing some feedback can be so paralyzing.

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  3. Who said they looked forced? WTF. They're nuts.

    Just keep following your passion, you're doing fine. And stop kicking yourself, please. People will always have opinions about art, no matter how good you are.

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    1. Someone close to me, Ted, which makes it all the more paralyzing when I hear it. Especially when it is on a piece where I am trying to expand, break free and loosen up. Thanks for the peptalk. It is a great feeling to have you in my corner.

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  4. I go through what you're dealing with all the time, Jenn. Not so much with animation and illustration work but definitely with my cartooning because that's the art that means the most to me. When I post a gag that I think is very funny and nobody else does it really gets me down, and I start doubting myself all over again. When I post one that everyone thinks is hysterical then I wonder what those doubts were all about, of course I'm good. haha. Fact is, it's a roller coaster ride, and it will always be that way if you really care about your art.

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    1. So, I guess we never really grow out of it??? Wait! You said that. HA! I think social-media skews perspective horribly. I hate when I post something and then hear nothing but crickets. I forget that posts on the internet can be 'hit or miss' depending on time of day, where posted, how it has been #hashtagged, and how many other people your followers are following. Often the lack of response has more to do with just being lost in the crowd!!!!
      I LOVE your comics. There isn't a single one I thought was a dud. But, truth be told, I don't always have the TIME to comment. Lame excuse. I am glad to know you share in my lament though. :)

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    2. You will never, ever, grow out of it, guaranteed.

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  5. You absolutely DESERVE it and I'm proud of you! I think your art is delightful and you've made many breakthroughs by working hard and pinpointing what you like visually. One thing I have to remind myself is, art is subjective--one person may love it, then next person may not, but you're putting one foot in front of the other and (in my humble opinion) that's the most important thing! Keep going, you are doing INCREDIBLE!

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    1. (HUGS) You are the best at pep talks. You are so right. I unplugged this weekend and went analog with gouache and my sketchbook. Several hours later I came to realize that this is a journey and I just need to keep taking the steps and enjoying the scenery. I've pinned up one of my very first digital pieces as a reminder of where I've come from. Thanks for the love my friend.

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  6. Lovely piece of art! Your style is charming.

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  7. Hey Hey G-fren!
    Thanks for the "atta girl" over at my side! I'm sending you a gazillion more "atta grily girls" cuz you be way rockin', you so deserve it all and you're doing it with aplomb!! I've missed you so much!! It's been a long year and I'll write more later - I promise - but so wanted to send you a huge hug now!
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    1. You are so welcome! I was so, SO happy to see you post work again. I hope you are here to hang around for a while!!!!

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  8. Deserve? Of COURSE your deserve it!!! Congratulations!! You EARNED the spotlight!

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