And then someone insensitive as Sokka comes along and says something like 'when you think about it art really isn't necessary to life at all. It doesn't mean anything. So why stress about it? Painting makes you happy, right? And people who saw your old dead prints were happy to, right? That should be enough."
A little bit uncaring to the immortality of painting blah-blah-blah but true.
Let it be what it is, sometimes go, sometimes bad, and let others make of it what they wish since they will anyway. What matters is that you are doing something you love and what feels as natural to you as breathing or is like breathing!!
Err...wait... where did I get THIS philosophy from? DAMN DAO OF POOH INVADING MY THOUGHTS AGAIN!!!
What the old man says is so completely true. True true true... for me at least. It's always a question of: don't draw something you know people would like but you have no feeling for; but rather something you want even if few would appreciate it. (Probably that's why my comics progress so slowly...)
WAHHH, thank you always for the kind feedback Rufftoon!
yeah, self doubt by harsh words are probably the catharsis for most artists not wanting to draw anymore..being so conscious of what people may find fault in..rather than having fun with what we love to do.
Which is probably why your art and work is so free and awesome, because of your healthy outlook on it! : )
I've had (and still have) big moments of doubts. But I think I've reached the point where I say "just have fun doing it"
It's certainly a lot less stressful.But, when confronted by an authority and someone whose work you respect, harsh critics can be mighty blows.
Ah well, should I ever get crushed, I'll open a cheese shop...or go join a dig in Egypt or something.
Do you mind if I add your quote to my great quote collection... or could you direct me to the source of this idea?
"Something created out of extravagance or vanity to impress others without a piece of the artist's spirit or soul is but a collection of empty strokes, a stillborn work of art that does not breathe no matter how perfectly composed or beautfully drawn it may be."
Yup. That's a pretty good description of "Chosun" art philosophy. More emotional than perfect or extravagant -- true, it won't catch people's eye in the art museum... but in the end, it's more honest. Humility over extravagance...
Just thinking about the last piece of trash I submit onto Deviantart -- it's exactly what the old man was talking about. I feel like such a fake.
This has a lot of meaning to it. It really says a lot about many artists today. I think we've all been like the artist in your story in some way, shape, or form. A beautiful story! I look forward to the rest of it!