So I wanted to make this journal to help you guys who are still working to break into the industry.
I do plan on making a youtube video later to draw and talk more about this, but for now, here's what I wanted to say.
I've been on DeviantArt for 8 years now (wow thats a long time) and I've learned so much over that time. So many fellow artists have helped inspire and guide me throughout my time on here. For that I am very grateful. I've still got a long journey ahead to improve in my art, but I wanted to give you guys some helpful tips as to how to help you in your art career.
Like the title says, "Set Goals". It's hard to have a target when you don't know what you're aiming at. So make sure you take time to write out at least 3 things you'd like to accomplish within a year. Why 3? Because 3 goals makes it a little less intimidating and a little more realistic. (at least for me it did)
I'll name the three goals I made this year.
1.Grow closer to God. My faith is a big part of my life and I believe I wouldn't be where I am today without God. Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Now at lot of you know me and how I'm pretty outward about being a Christian. This is not me bragging in any way or me thinking I am better than anyone. This is me admitting how messed up I am and how much I need Jesus. I've gone through some ruff stuff the past few years and again I wouldn't be were I am if it weren't for God's grace. John 3:16
2.Get better in my art. There's a lot of different areas where I'm trying to improve, but I started focusing on some of the main weak point in my art, which were storytelling, backgrounds, and anatomy. I was critiqued two years ago by some of my favorite artists on what I needed to improve on. Hearing things like "You still need work kid" or "You're good, but not Marvel good." from some of your favorite artist can get to you if you let it. I'll tell you right now, I hated hearing anything negative about my work, or being told I still wasn't "Good enough". But if people didn't point out my mistakes, I would never have improved. I used what people said and I still do to help drive me. When someone says "you need to work on this area in your art" I try to say "Challenge accepted". You should never fall in love with your own work, always be willing to improve and learn something new.
3.Work for Marvel. I've had a dream ever since I was around ten years old to work for Marvel someday. It took me 12 years of hard work and determination. Drawing almost everyday, learning as much as I could. Drawing the figure, learning anatomy, shading, perspective, dynamics, inking, coloring, style, storytelling, graphic design. Taking in as much information as I could. There where many times of self doubt and struggles throughout the years thinking or being told "I wasn't good enough", but I am very blessed to say that in MAY of this year by God's grace I reached that goal. I get to say "I now work for Marvel." GOD IS SO GOOD!
So what I want to say to you guys and gals out there who have a dream, don't let anyone get you down or make you feel like you're not good enough.
SET GOALS! Have a target to focus on shooting for. Like I said you're not gonna hit anything if you don't know what you're shooting at. So make goals for yourself.
My father would tell me this all the time. "Finish what you start and work hard in all that you do." He also told me "That a man that walks with God always reaches his destination."
For all you fellow artist and fans out there. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!
Praying for you all to be able to achieve your goals.