for some reason I was thinking recently of my attempt to draw humans as a kid before being exposed to anime.

I love anime and I'm proud to have achieved my current style, but it's funny to think how different things would have been if I kept drawing people like this, the other kind of comics I tend to like because styles like this are funny/cute/approachable.

It was frustrating at the time I drew this way bc I could only really draw 1 person. I didn't stick with it very long

Anyways this also feeds into my thoughts on current birdsite discourse recently about racist art school professors hating anime

At the age I was heading into college, I wanted NOTHING MORE than to be able to draw anime/manga, but all art teachers hated it. This and the fact that school ruined my interests for me pretty much every time, & I was super depressed, made me avoid art school entirely.

Don't really regret it, but it's sad how many barriers were very apparent to me from early on

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I've had bad enough experiences in general that I'm the kind of person who doesn't show people I meet IRL my art. I'd rather nobody I have to interact with on the daily even know I draw. It's caused a lot of problems & anxiety for me in the past, so I just don't do it.

I'm curious how many other people are like that, I have one friend who is but obviously the career artists I know are happy to show everyone they meet their art & are glad for the attention.

Artists are all so different and the reasons for doing what you do can be so dramatic, it's really interesting to me.

It causes a lot of problems, it'd be nice to be confident about talking about those differences, but people can be really insecure about these things & tend not to react well.

Like the ardent crunchers lashing back at people who say artists should be taking it easy/not hurting themselves over deadlines.

@arborwin I know this does not solve all problems, but there's one thing I try to do that might help: when I feel like I should give some advice to someone, I don't phrase it as "I believe you should do (sth) because (sth) ", but rather, as "personally, I do (sth) because (sth)". IOW, I (try to) avoid suggesting that my interlocutor change their way, I just offer another perspective.

Again, it's just one tiny communication "tool" that helps passing messages across when (1/2)

@arborwin [...] when I don't know the person well enough to adapt myself to them specifically. It does not avoid all bad reactions, but it does help reduce miscommunication (2/2)

HTH

@arborwin ... and yes, I do realize I did exactly that in this very thread. :) [3/2+1]

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