I saw a comment today that made me blow my top. I wanted to pick a bone with them.
I'd really like not to express all of my feelings right here, right now, but I'd like to say a couple of things about that subject of Age and Talent on Art.
It's not like I am going to change the world with that journal, but it's worth trying a bit. And it might help people with lack of confidence about their art and age.
Firstly, allow me to make something clear. Art has nothing to do with your Age.
Believe me, it's true, and I'll prove it to you.
Back when I was around.. 13 years old the first thing I was looking into someone's profile that their gallery was wonderful, was their age.
Maybe everyone did back then. Some people still do. But why do we pay so much attention on age?
Because we're concerned about "how much time do we have to improve till we get there".
At least, that's what I was mostly concerned about. I was lazy as well, procrastinating like crazy and I was sitting there, waiting for the epic skills to find me and reach me. And then, magically, when I turned 18 I'd have amazing art to show to everyone.
But then, you find out that people closer to your age are having great art as well right..? So then you have less time to improve and reach their level with your slow paced style of practice.
You enjoy it, you don't work very hard, but you're very sure that "you'll get there" until that younger person comes in your life and ruins all of your plans. Then you're back to zero, wondering what you could do to improve faster, and be as good as them in the age of 15 for example. After a liiiiittle bit of practice, you get tired and
realize make yourself believe
that you can't do it. What's the easy option now? Hmm.. <[maybe they're more talented than me]
. Bingo. You got that part right. Let's just forget about it and go with plan A, or let's just test our limits to see how far we can go with this.
In the end, you keep up with art, you managed not to feel like a piece of trash -yet- and you keep doing your stuff. But.. wait. What's that..?
A younger artist than you is doing better work than you? Unbelievable and unacceptable. So what now? There are only few options left, right?
- They're liars. It's simply impossible to draw like that in that age.
- They're miracle kiddos.
- They're talented beyond belief.
- (add something you believe here)
Let me tell you what you believe
you've learned through this:
Draaa..w...-- procrastinate and don't worry, no matter what you do, you'll definitely become good... at some point. Maybe not the "age you set" but who cares, there's always someone better out there. Younger people are surely super talented and younger people than you are magical people with a huge amount of talent and don't forget, they're also masterminds for being able to draw like that.
- What is talent? The ability of someone to draw better than you.
- What is age? What you're now and what you'll become when you "reach that age".
Now, allow me to tell you what you really
learned from this:
- Age is an excuse and an illusion to make you feel better because you're bored/ don't wanna/ something?? to practice.
- Talent is also an excuse and an illusion to make you feel better because you're bored/ don't wanna/ something?? to practice.
The true title of this journal should be Procrastination, Illusion and Art. Probably.
Maybe not even art. I added art because it'd drag people here, but it's connected with the subject so.
So let me tell you what Age and Talent stand for, based on my experience all theses years. Age stands for time
. Throughout time, you gain experience, skills and you combine them together to make something new.Being young doesn't mean you're badass. Being old doesn't mean you're useless.Talent stands for the ability to learn faster something than someone else
. Some people are talented, some people are not. Not being talented isn't a reason to give up. Being talented isn't a reason to procrastinate.
What can you do about this?
Yeah yeah, you've heard this a lot before, right? Practice. But what's practice, really?
Does this mean you get a piece of paper and draw anything that comes in your mind and someday you'll improve? No
Does this mean you'll go after your favorite artist and try to become 100% like them by copying every move? Probably but no, you're getting there though
There are tons of ways to practice. And that's why everyone gets confused. Some people became better by tracing art, some others by referencing art, some people decided to learn from life and some others combined everything. But they all have something in common.
- They work hard.
- They spend a lot of time and effort in their art.
- They accept critique in order to improve.
- They accept the fact that there's always someone better than them so they find it challenging and make it another reason to keep drawing and practicing hard.
- They don't use talent or age as an excuse to make them feel better.
- They keep trying no matter how many times they fall.
- They do research.
- They do not devalue themselves.
And more stuff I can't really remember right now.
Of course, there will be always people who will be indeed better in art or something for their age, but if they do not take the opportunity to "grow" that talent, they'll remain in the same level after some time.
Your two cents C: