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No Excuses: "They Tell Me I Can't"

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 7:58 AM
i love art!
art art art

Fuck 'em.  What the hell do they know anyways?

Now I know thats a little bit harsh language but this excuse really pisses me off.  I'm not angry at the person who uses the excuse "they tell me I can't,"  I'm pissed at the people who tells the person they can't. Seriously, anyone who says you can't do it is making up shit and doesn't know what they're talking about.

I've heard many different variations of this excuse. "THEY" can be your mother, father, brother, sister, best friend, teacher.  "They" can be people on forums, or professionals you've talked to that have their head so far up their ass they forgot what it was like to start out.  But no matter who "They" are, the fact of the matter is they don't know anything about what you're trying to do. So what qualifies them to judge if you can do it or not?

What reasons did they give you to back up this wild claim of "you can't do it?"  Was it because You don't have the education?  the skills?  Is it because you won't make much money?  Is it because they don't think you have the dedication or heart to pull it off?  Well it doesn't matter cause none of that matters either.  If you don't have the education, you can read books and go to school.  If you don't have the skills, you can practice.  If you won't make much money, you can have a part time job, until you do make enough money.  If you don't have the dedication... well then you wouldn't want to do this to start with would you?
The bottom line is that people who tell you "you can't" are people who don't want you to. I don't know why they don't want you to follow your dreams, but its bullshit and it's not their choice, it is yours.  If you want to do something, the only thing that can stop you, is yourself.  You can do whatever you set your mind to do.  That doesn't mean it'll be easy.  You might have significant obstacles in your your way. But they're just obstacles, not dead ends.  With enough hard work you can overcome them, you just can't give up.

So if someone says "you can't" punch them in the ear and say "that's from Shono"  then proceed to show them you can.

Because we don't make excuses, not like they do, we make comics.

We're too lost
to lose hope
  • Listening to: Shadows of Oblivion
  • Reading: Shadows of Oblivion
  • Watching: Shadows of Oblivion
  • Playing: Shadows of Oblivion
  • Eating: Shadows of Oblivion
  • Drinking: Shadows of Oblivion
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MarissaWalker Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You sir are too cool. Best Rant ever, and you know what? Exactly what I needed to hear today so thank you. :)
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Good! I'm happy to help!!

I'm just tired of the negativity I see everywhere. People need to know they can do these things if they wanted to. It's their choice, not anyone else's. But you need to make the choice to do it, and stick with it, and not make excuses.

And I know you haven't been. so keep at it!!
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You might have significant obstacles in your your way. But they're just obstacles, not dead ends.

I like that. :nod: Very very true. Thanks a lot for sharing your words with us Shono. They're truly inspirational.
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's my pleasure. I'm just speaking the truth. There can, and probably will be significant obstacles that slow you down, or even stop you (temporarily). It can be financial, Medical, social, educational, emotional. Whatever. And they can be extremely serious and need you're attention more than your art career. However, as long as you're breathing, and living, they can all be overcome, to succeed at art. Its just a matter of dedication, and ingenuity. We're human beings, with brains, lets use them!
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like that. :nod: I like your positivity. I need to start being positive myself.
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Positivity goes alot farther than you may think. Not to mention, it makes the people around you more positive as well... and that makes for everyone just feeling better! (wow, that sounds corny as hell.... too bad its actually true..)
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You know, now that you say that, that reminds me of that one dude off of Southpark- the redhead one who drives the bookmobile and says those cheesy lines about how reading is fun and stuff. :XD: Not knocking your words of course- what you said is true, it just reminded me of that. :laughing:
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
hahaha indeed indeed haha
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Wolnier-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm only 15yrs old and I think I got lucky enough to be blessed with a family that encourages me to follow what I love. I honestly don't think I'm that good(always room for improvement, even for the best) but that's always what helps me succeed in my art.
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
well You're only 15. You have a long way to go to before your art is at a professional level, but a lot of time to get there. I was 23, graduated from college, and I still had a long way to go before my art was Professional level... but then again i sucked at drawing when I was 15. You're already doing better than I was, so stick with it, and success is assured!
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Wolnier-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I started to draw in the 3rd grade and have been doing it ever since then.I'm a fast learner and it took me until I learned how to study people/things and pretty much break them down that I've actually gotten better. I also practice a lot with only pen to help my memory skills.
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
well keep at it!
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Erykkr Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional
Damn straight! I've heard countless people in different fields, be it sports, art, literature, music, who are considered to be masters of their craft, say that along the way someone told them to quit, that they would never make it.

Here's the thing too, people can change and grow, and for someone to say "youll never make it" is to say that people can never change or improve. Yes, maybe where you are artistically or emotionally will prevent you from making it RIGHT THEN, but that doesn't mean you can't get better and make it later. It's all about commitment.

I spoke with someone in the comics industry who told me that for years they met with an artist who just didn't have the work to make it, and they didn't think they ever would, but they never once told that person that. They always told the artist to keep trying, to keep pushing, and to keep growing. Why? Because while they knew from experience that the artist would never succeed, but it wasn't their place to crush the artist's dream, and there is nothing better than to be surprised by someone who does the impossible.

Good stuff dude!
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for adding your 2 cents. You're added comments really nails home my points!

Maybe that pro artist you talked to was talking about me. I sucked for a long long long long time. I went and talked to the same artists every year at cons, and they all told me to keep practicing, probably secretly thinking "this kid will never make it."

But that artist is right. Its not his place to crush the dream, cause he doesn't get to decide if the aspiring artist gets better or not. And i've seen it in my own students i've taught (though mostly much younger.) Just for whatever reason it just clicks, and they suddenly understand everything they've been told over the years and the drawings make a quantum leap. But that can never happen with the negativity of others trampling the aspirations.

Good work anonymous pro artist!
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Erykkr Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional
Hell yeah dude! I like these positive posts you do, I think it's really great.

You going to Heroescon this year?
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I will be, but I won't have a table. One part cause I've never been there before, so I kinda want to check out the con first before I commit to a table. and the second part cause i couldn't really afford the table this year haha.

But if you're going, I'll be there with my girl, her roomate, and a few others. If you'll be there it'd be cool to say hello, meetchya face to face.
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Erykkr Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional
Yeah dude! I'll be at the SCAD table for at least part of everyday, other than that I'll probably be walking around, seeing whats up.

It would be fun to meet!
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
oh thats cool. i didn't realize SCAD got a booth there. Man I'm jealous, I wish my school got a tables at cons so i could go for free!
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Erykkr Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional
ahah yeah I dunno man! I guess part of it is SCAD has been doing the sequential art thing for so long now. I'm all about taking advantage though!
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Can't say I'm not jealous. Good work!
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
YEAH! Its my life I do what I want to make my dream work become a reality!
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
sweet! Then keep at it!
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
It will take awhile to get to that but i made a sneak peek page thats merely a prototype. ^^!

[link]
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
cool. well keep at it. I'll give you a better critique when you have something finished
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
it'll be while to start on a first page of my comic but will let you know
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the5thCount Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Why thank you so much, this has inspired me.
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm very happy it did! So go make some awesome art!!
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the5thCount Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I shall...

Actually, I just posted something. It's here: [link]

Would you be willing to tell me where I can improve?
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's kind of a hard piece to critique. Theres no faces, or details really to talk about. They're poses look a little stiff, sorta like a bad CG movie. I suggest drawing pictures of people standing doing things. Look at pictures, and go study people in real life. (i like going to a starbux and sketching people there.) You'll see how they stand more naturally.

Then focus on how clothes fold and wrinkle around the body. it'll make it look more natural.

But based on what you have to show me thats all i can say right now. Since i don't know how you draw faces or hands, i cant really comment on those.

But keep at it! the more you practice the better you'll be.
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the5thCount Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
On the issue of poses:

Why thank you. I knew that there was something off about my poses. I shall take your advice.

On the issue of clothing wrinkles:

Once again, you provide me with good advice. I usually draw wrinkles, however, in this particular project, I had to use Adobe Illustrator's mesh tool. Details like wrinkles are a bitch when dealing with that tool.

So in the future, I will stick to photoshop and gimp when drawing my characters, as it feels more natural.

Thank you for your input. I intend on applying your advice in my future projects.
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
no prob.

Adobe illustrator is a fantastic program for creating graphic images like logos, or simple or stylized cartoon figures. It is not good for detailed drawings.

I strongly suggest drawing on paper first, and using photoshop for color.
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the5thCount Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Really? That's good to know. I felt a little like a derp when I had a lot of trouble with using the mesh tool on the complex shapes that my characters were made of.
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
yeah, Its really for simple iconic, or graphic looking things. Like logos, text, simple cartoon figures.

Its so much easier just to draw it by hand... at least relatively
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MsMeli Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen. I especially love "But they're just obstacles, not dead ends." There's no such thing as 'can't'. There's won't, but not can't. You pretty much say everything that needs to be said. As a favorite quote I love to use,

"You try, you fail. You try, you fail. But the only true failure is when you stop trying."
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
All true, all true. I find it amazing that the only thing that separates many people from their dreams is the lack of trying. Thats what I hope these blog posts remedy. Even if its for one person.
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bluedragon82 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
FUCK YEAH!! sorry.. you gave me a great bit of encouragement off of that rant. :) I too have dealt with the "you can't" for a long long time. I finally got to the point o actually listening to them. (I got a nice little thing on my page about me listening to "them.") It was the biggest mistake of my life, and I've paid for not listening to myself and listening to "them" for a long time. I'm now in the working process of working towards my dream. I may never make money doing it, but I'll be doing it. That's why I have a full time job so that I can at least eat while I do it. Great post! I'll give two punches... one from me and one from you. ;)
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
haha Thanks! Thankfully I've never had anyone say "I can't" I've had people say "maybe you should consider something else." never that i can't, and maybe thats what makes the difference some times. So I want to make it clear to everyone you can. It might be slow, and it might be hard, but you can.
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bluedragon82 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Slow is a true, but keeping the dream alive is what matters. To me anyways... it's been I want to say, around 13 years since I decided on my true goal and dream for my life would be. I've finally started putting the pieces together and have started working towards mine. I plan on showing it off to everyone who said "you can't" and to tell them... "I FUCKIN' DID!" :D
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Exactly. They don't get to choose if you can or not. Thats up to you. Before I started doing comics I worked a full time job in insurance, and at night i worked on comics. Then I got a comic gig, but it was very VERY VERY low paying, so i couldn't quit my job, I had to do both... for a year. And its a good thing i Didn't quit cause i didn't get another gig for almost 2 years after that one. But Now I'm drawing Sheena Queen of the jungle. So it shows what resilience pays off.
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wait, did you say you worked in insurance? :o
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
years ago, yeah I did. It is not a job for creative types....
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That blows, hahaha.
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
yeah... it happens. We all have crappy jobs starting out in life.
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