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Illo 34 by EvanBryce Illo 34 by EvanBryce
I haven't been posting much art recently. I've been adjusting to my job...and life in general. Things have been very different. Teaching was the only job I've held until now. I don't count freelancing, because I didn't make enough on that to consider it a job.

I'm working rough hours, and by the time I get home I'm physically and mentally exhausted. I was sitting around for months after I'd lost my job. Becoming active again has been good for me. But on my few days off, I usually want to hang out with friends and family, or just sleep. It's disappointing I'm sure for anyone who hopes to see my art as regularly as I used to put it up.

But I've also been thinking a lot about art, and why I make it. I used to make art for other people, and hope for their approval. But approval is fleeting. I make art when it makes me happy.

People have asked me why I'm working as a cashier when I could be making money making art. But every time someone says, "I've got a great project for you." They really mean, "Make MY project." I think young artists need to consider that more. You are told that when you're young you should make things for other people to 'get your name out there.' But no, do what you love and then send the world the message that that's what YOU DO! You are not another artist, so don't try to be someone you're not.

Considering how little time I have for art, it's become a more precious thing, and I value making it a lot more. I'm falling in love with art again, but in a much more substantial way.

I used to give away TONS of art, and now I barely have time or energy to sketch. So today my mom gave me a piece of Yupo paper, which I'd never used before. It's really weird stuff, but interesting. It shows resist properties based on the oils from your hands and where you've erased. Really strange, but great for pencils and bloom textures for scanning purposes.

I guess the point is, appreciate the ability to make art, it's a beautiful thing that not everyone can do.
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elKoi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
I wish I could say something more substantial than I understand how you feel. But I do, because this is exactly how I feel every day.
Keep drawing and sharing Evan, I can tell you that your art brightens my day.
UnicornPegasus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
As someone that's got a piece of your art, I must say my approval and appreciation are from from fleeting. I look at the art you made for me literally everyday, and it brings me so much joy. I know that doesn't do too much for you since you don't even know what happens to the pieces you create and sell more than likely, so I felt compelled to let you know that your hard work and immense skill continues to bring a smile to my face each and every day. I definitely understand how you feel though, and I hope things get better for you, and your creativity gets more personally rewarding opportunities to be expressed! Thank you for creating me a gorgeous one of a kind piece of art that I will cherish forever.

And this Sue is stunning. I can't say enough how much I adore your style. I just wanted to through that in too. :)
Attn2DTale Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
People have a finite amount of emotional and intellectual resources to mete out each day, and the basics of survival can eat up most of them. That leaves precious little for making art--a circumstance I know all too well, as the father of two little (yet enormously demanding) girls. Still, I'm trying to carve out some time each day to sit with a pencil or pen in hand, which often is barely enough time to get warmed up. But it's something. I've produced a lot of crap lately, but at least I've produced something. Because you're right: "It's a beautiful thing that not everyone can do." When you consider there are as many full-time illustrators as there are working neurosurgeons (something I heard once but never fact-checked), you realize how truly precious the ability is.
davidmarquez Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Man, this is amazing. I love the ink bloom and beading!
ToddMoniz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
The energy in this piece is AWESOME!!!
ChristianDiBari Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
fucking LOVE this!
Alanpaints Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is nice Evan!
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