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It's a new year, so I'm ready for a bit of give and take. I want your awesome, but also to say some inspiring words.

If there's any advice I wish I could give to my younger self, it's this: People will hate what you have to say artistically. No matter what, somewhere, someone is going to hate what you do. You will meet people who will sneer at you, tell you you're crazy and stupid and untalented and wasting your time. You'll be ridiculed for trying, made fun of when you schedule time for your projects instead of hanging with friends or watching reality TV, and condemned when you actually finish something. People will claim offense, that worst of things, especially if anything you have to say involves race, gender, sexuality, politics, economics, religion, spirituality, culture, history, or a commentary on any of the above.

You'll be told that the worst thing you can do is offend someone. That you shouldn't speak up or make a bold statement because you might offend someone. And it's a mistake. Because society is comfortable, comfortable with the ugly parts of itself, and it's the job of the artist to say "Wake up! Do better than this!" And very often, when people say things like "Be happy" or "don't offend anyone" what they really mean is "Be more convenient to my existence. Don't make me think. Don't make me feel stupid. Don't make me change. And above all, don't offend me."

It's bullshit.

We've been born into a time where art is increasingly corporatist, where professional artists have become nomads, and the value of the artist is nearly nothing. I speak to too many parents who say "Oh, I wish I could have learned to draw!" but turn around and tell their children that art and writing is silly, they need to be more involved in sports and school. I've spoken to too many people who have no idea why I want to get home so I can start my real work, my real passion.

In this new year, don't fear the plebs. Don't fear the trouble you might get into if you decide to speak up. Don't fear controversy, which is far too often just disguised sensationalism. And above all, don't fear the fool who says "Why are you wasting your time doing this?" because what they're really saying is "I wish I was brave and dedicated enough to do this, but I'm not, so I don't want you to, either."

Post the awesome music you've found this year. Or awesome anything. I need the passions to others to get me motivated. Let's share and bring in the new year on an awesome note.
  • Mood: Triumph


Laura Jennings
United States
Current Residence: Kempner, TX
Favourite genre of music: Pop, dance, techno, alternative
Favourite style of art: Cel shading, comic
Operating System: Windows XP
MP3 player of choice: Winamp
Wallpaper of choice: Zelda: The Twilight Princess
Favourite cartoon character: Scar, from the Lion King
Personal Quote: Compassion for things I'll never know. - David Byrne

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dageraron Apr 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
How's it going?
ArysPole Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! Yo have a great gallery with a lot of interesting and amazing ideas, high skill in CG and traditional and well-built background for everything. Good luck in completing your goals! ^^
Thanks for the tutorials on Dinosaurs REAAALY helpfull.
Pathea Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist
You're gallery is awesome !:)
orange-eyed-serpent Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm very glad you like my figures of Sarkanj and Cheharraphix, I spent a lot of time on them. :D
I really am deeply flattered. They turned out so cool! You should be very proud.
orange-eyed-serpent Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Late reply is late. :XD: But yes, I am very proud, thank you! :dalove:
WhiteKitsuneKnight Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for spamming your inbox with faves; I just love looking at your stuff for reference. :)
Just wanted to comment and say I love your notes on world building! They are really helpful in creating my own civilization.

Hey Droemar! I am interested in reading Highsong but I don't have a Kindle. I was just wondering, is there any where else to buy your novella? In PDF format? 
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