Some people don’t want to paint their anime, don’t want their artwork to sound like a bad joke, or even want to give up on a hobby that they love. Yet I think there are a few moments when it makes you feel better about taking your painting seriously. I know what you’re thinking: “Why paint it?” It is a simple mistake to think that you have to write it down every time you paint it.
I was thinking the same thing when I saw this video. It’s a clip of a girl and a guy painting together and they talk about the importance of painting their art. Then one of them stops and says, “If you want to be an artist and paint for yourself, you have to paint for yourself.” It’s a really powerful concept, and I think it’s something that we should all be trying to make a little bit more of.
This is especially relevant to me because it’s a common mistake I make in my life. When I was a kid I was pretty much an artist. I loved using computers, but I would never be an artist. But I did go through a period where I would be painting, so I would almost always think I was going to be an artist. I was going to be an artist and I was going to be an artist and I would be an artist.
I mean, I’m in my 40’s now, so it’s not like I’ve been brainwashed into thinking I’m going to be an artist forever. But for me, when I was a kid, I would talk to my friends about this thing, this thing, this thing. I would talk about it, and I would talk about it to myself.
I think I remember being in my late teens and early 20s. I would always find myself talking about these things to myself. I would doodle or draw or paint all these drawings, trying to bring some sort of narrative to them. I would tell myself that this would be my work, that I would be able to make a living at it. I always hated that I was doing it.
I think it was because I was in high school and I was drawing. I was drawing and drawing and drawing. I was drawing for the whole of high school, drawing comics and fanfiction and such, and I would draw, and I would always draw. But I didn’t really have any idea of what I wanted to do with it. I was always making these elaborate plans for my future and I would always make a plan for it. But I wasn’t sure what that plan would be.
So then I decided to just go ahead and work it out with my friends, and we would all make a plan and we would all do these massive drawings of the same thing and we would all sit down and we would all make our plans. We would all make these elaborate plans, and we would all make them for the summer and they would all be for anime.
And I was so confused! I knew that the project would be a huge distraction for my friends, but I don’t want to sound like an asshole.
That’s not an apology, just an explanation as to why we’re making a plan about what to do instead of something fun.
It’s always a good thing, especially in this world of anime and the like. It’s just a little too much fun to mess with.