Well, I'm pissed off at a lot of people right now (mainly my FAMILY) and the anger keeps slowly building up but I've decided to change things up a bit. For years I would take it out on you guys and piss and moan in my journals but to make myself feel better by spreading some love, here's an anti-rant.
If you're anything like me, you love to draw/write/take pictures/sing/dance/whatever your artistic heart desires, and it's not just a hobby or a love for art, it is your very LIFE. You're not like other people who just dabble in the arts to kill time or just do it casually, you BREATHE IT, you live it to the point where it would hurt you physically if you had to stop. YOU are what makes this world a better place and don't you dare let other people tell you that what you do is useless, wrong, or there's "no life in it." Did you know that J.K. Rowling got fired from her job because she was daydreaming too much? This is what happens when you have such a huge imagination and it NEEDS to come out. There is no way of going about it, when your head is filled with ideas, it effects your life if you don't do anything about it. It is downright depressing. I wish more people would understand that.
I always love it when I try to connect with my family about what I want to do for a living and I get "Oh well (insert cousin and aunt) can draw too." Yeah they can, but don't easily dismiss what I do because they doodle stuff now and then. I can't help but find that a little insulting. I am by no means saying I'm better than them (or anyone for that matter), I'm saying there's a difference between doing something and having a raw passion for it and I shouldn't be treated like I just doodle Disney characters or horses once in a while when I'm bored. My hand is GLUED to either a pencil, pen, or my tablet pen. I go through packs and packs of paper, I draw at least four or five hours a DAY, if not spending the entire day working on my comic, hell I even sacrifice sleep sometimes. I'm not being taken seriously and it hurts sometimes because drawing is the only thing I'm good at, it's the only thing that gives me PURPOSE.
I know that a LOT of other artists are treated this way and what makes me have an even deeper appreciation for them is, despite being treated like a joke, they KEEP GOING. They fight back with all they have. A really good friend of mine, Cocotail is one of those people. I am one of those people. YOU are one of those people and such determination, such passion, will get you far. You don't need anyone to tell you that though because it's in you just to keep going, you can't stop.
People don't get why artists are so crazy/depressed/emotional, hmm I wonder why. There are so many people out there who just don't understand what an artist can do and why they should be treated with a little more respect. You know that car you're driving? It wouldn't exist if someone didn't design it on paper first. Or your house. An artist drew that. Or your clothes. Yep. An artist drew them too. That live action movie you love so much? MULTIPLE artists helped out with that movie with storyboards and concept art. Everything you see in the modern world wouldn't exist without an artist. There's a reason why there are so many of us; the world would be one boring-ass lump of dirt without us.
So if you ever feel down about your work, know that you are worth something, know you're already making the world a better place just by being you and don't ever give up on what you love to do because others don't understand what you've set out to achieve.