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okay, time for another journal

so i keep getting the same questions over and over again. how did i learn to do this.

i was self taught. by this i mean, i took the initiative and seeked out the knowledge, as no one was offering it.

i draw on average 8 to 10 hours a day, every day. by average i mean that some days its 6 and some 12


so... the argument.
i keep hearing this one. well i want to be a professional artist, but life is hard, i need to work, i don't really have the time....

let me put things in perspective here.
i used to work as a night guard on the beach. every single night from 8 pm to s6 am. after that i would go meet up with my dad who gouarded another beach to get a cup of coffee. we had a bite to eat, and then both went to haul and sell fruits and vegetables.
every evening i was drawing. when the sun set i sat under a street lamp and drew through the night.

every night. this was on occasion interrupted by a fight  with some  exceedingly drunk people who wouldn't take verbal persuasion not to throw beach property in the sea.

i drew, i drew constantly and relentlessly.

seven years of drawing got me to the point where i was hireable. it was then that i started getting paid for my work. for doing a job i wanted to do.

i kept working hard and i kept improving, and i will keep on doing the same.

it is like an rpg, you will grind, but you will unlock those new skills.


now listen, there is nothing wrong about treating this as a hobby, it is a wonderful satisfying hobby to have. but if you want to be a professional, be it a comic artist a game artist a n animator a designer... you will have to put in the time, you will have to pay your dues.

life is a bitch, it will do you no favors. all you can get out of it is what you are willing to fight for. it is a hard battle, but it is worth it.

see, at a certain point it truly is about this. what is it that you want to do in life, do you want to spend your life being slowly killed on the inside  by the job you hate while dreaming of your could haves, or will you fight for your dreams.

let me repeat this cause it bear repeating. it is a bloody fight, but the rewards are beyond amazing.

rest is up to you. seek the knowledge. in this thing you need no colleges, you need ambition, and thirst for knowledge. and knowledge my friends, at least in our line of work is a mere google search away, see in this work they dont ask you where you were schooled, they only ask what can you do, and how fast can you do it.

if your answers to that are, everything, and as fast as you need it....  you will get hired,


and if anyone asks where is art in all this very jobcentric rant of mine.....


art is living in its parents basement talking much about how big he or she will be.

this is about professionals!
  • Listening to: rhapsody of fire nightwish
  • Reading: scripts by my writer
  • Playing: diablo2
  • Eating: much less
  • Drinking: cofee
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CrypticMachine Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that this is an old journal but I always take the time to read this sometimes because I really want to be a professional artist and what can I say. You have a point.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
You are so inspiring :iconhappytearplz:
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ECOWARRIORX Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stjepan your work on Witchblade, etc inspired me to give up making plenty of money selling my Soul as a film and video director doing shitty commercials for money/power hungry assholes at advertising agencies that sucked out my creative Soul, to start my own comic book company with a message and go back to the dream I once had of been a comic book creator! Hard f#$king work BUT I'm loving every digital stroke of it! My bank balance does hate you with a passion at this point but my creative Soul thanks you for life! LOL Hope to meet you in person one day and say thanks then! Keep enjoying all your hard work dude! For all our sakes! LOL I will definitely contact you for a commission as soon as that bank balance is a bit healthier!
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KwesiX Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
salute and congrats off to level up
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TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
well written and i exactly know where you're coming from :) i had a barjob tried doing decoration and muralpainting same time pushed my drawingskills and been drawing 10 hours a day since i can rememeber :P
I'm happy your hard work paid out :D
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I LOVE that you compared being a professional artist to playing an RPG! LEVEL UP!!!
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TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ding! ;)
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BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that sure puts things in perspective
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brinkle Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this really inspires me, i really try to fit in the time in and between school to draw, but i have a question:
i'm really confused, i want to become an animator and an illustrator when i finish school. i guess i don't need to go to uni for been an illustrator because i can just learn that of myself, like you said, you can find it on the internet and in books. but what about animation, i don't think i can learn that by myself, i wouldn't remotely know where to start with programs and how to use them. would it be worth going to uni for that or it just be a waste of time and money for a course like that?

if anyone could answer that question it would really help me because reading through comments a lot of people said that art education is worthless and a pain and i just really want to be sure.

manon :)
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know this is an old comment but I happened to see it and if I could offer one piece of advice (that you've probably already gotten) it would be to buy this book: www.amazon.com/Animators-Survi… I used to attend school for game art and design and I was required to purchase the book for a class. I've long since been forced to drop out of school for financial reasons but I kept using the book. I gave it one good once-over one night when I was desperate to learn how to animate my own 2D characters for games and with that book and some graph paper, I managed to make some decent walks without taking any other classes. Now I can make a basic walk cycle on command without reference--I'm no master by any stretch, but I know the basics, and they say if you can make a walk cycle, you can animate anything. If you study hard and put in the time, you can learn anything you want without attending expensive schools.
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