I was talking to a friend yesterday about how much I like bats, and I wanted to made an ode to some of the creepy things I love. India ink on watercolor paper.
Hey look what I drew while watching Hannibal yesterday!
Two dinosaurs from my sketchbook today. India ink on watercolor paper.
afrofabulous asked: Do you think that 28 is too old to try to pursue a career in art on your own terms? I wanted to be a 3D animator for as long as I can remember, but when I got to college I realized that going to college for it wasn't for me. The school and the environment was horrible and I was completely uninspired to continue animation. I went to school for fashion illustration after that and I although my teachers thought my art was truly beautiful, I didn't get to finish because I started a family.
(cont.) I became inspired again recently and I have been drawing and sketching everyday (for the past two years) as well as learning animation on my own. I am heavily influenced by your webcomic, but I just wanted to know if it was too late to pursue my dream without school and by myself at 28?
I started TJ and Amal at 31, with a weak art education and zero experience in comics, so you can probably guess where I stand on the matter!
I wish our culture didn’t place such heavy emphasis on “making it” in your teens and twenties; that the (justifiable!) attention paid to prodigies wouldn’t set “prodigy” as the norm. This kind of BS does everyone a disservice.
If you have a dream and the resources/ability to pursue it, there’s no reason to sit it out just because “everyone makes it by 25.” Because everyone DOESN’T make it by 25. Some do, some don’t, whatever.
What’s more, age can bring experience that will inform your work — work you couldn’t have made at 20 or 25.
Sometimes when I get discouraged about this stuff, it helps to remember an anecdote I read a few years ago—
A retiree mentions to her friend that she’s considering going back to college and finishing her degree.
"What, at 65?" says her friend, "You’ll be at least 40 years older than everyone else in class!"
To which the lady replies, “oh, so you think I should wait till I’m 70?”
There’s no going backwards.
I started Gastrophobia at 31! Sounds like that’s the magic number! Wait three years and you’ll finally be ready to play with the grown ups, kid.
I got a very early start, coming out with my first webcomics when I was still a teenager. And everyone always told me how young I was to be so successful. And now there’s a new crop of people younger than me who are huge successes, and sometimes I catch myself feeling like I’m slowing down, and these whippersnappers are gonna leave me in the dust. And then I give myself a mental face-slap and remind myself my life is nowhere close to over and I have so much time ahead of me to keep going, and that’s awesome.
I just started a burlesque career a couple years ago. There are plenty of performers who started even older than me. Who knows how I’ll reinvent myself in another ten years? So much potential. My age has nothing to do with it.
Ugh I’m literally crying. I’m 28. I’ve always wanted to be an artist, never been to art school. I went through long stretches of producing little to no art. I’ve only been putting art online for a couple years. So far I’ve made basically no money from my art, and regardless of that sometimes it just feels like I’m invisible and it can feel like such slow going, and so often I tell myself, maybe I’m too old. Maybe I’m too old to start an art career. Maybe I’m too old to try to get good at comics. Maybe I’m too old to start art school. Maybe nobody will pay attention, cause I haven’t been putting comics online for over a decade and building an audience like so many artists I admire. Maybe nobody will care cause I’m not 19 and getting a degree from a prestigious art school. Maybe my financial aid won’t come through and I won’t ever be able to afford art school. Then I read stuff like this and I can’t even describe how hopeful it makes me feel, and also how dumb I feel for letting myself get so worried. All the most successful artists have one thing in common, and that’s hard work. Some of them went to fancy art schools fresh out of high school, some of them went to art school later in life, some didn’t go at all. Some of them have been doing this for decades, some are just recently figuring out what they want to do. It’s never too late.
I’m pretty happy with these ones, especially the top one.