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Road of thorns

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 1:03 PM
Errors are part of the road embrace them, learn from them be stronger, dont skip them. To learn how to ride a bike learn to fall first. So you can land on your feet, then try hard and faster, with no more fear to fall.

I dont believe in mentors, not all mentors are qualified to teach, they can misguide you sometimes. If you have a mentor it can turn you into his clone, i had seen tons of great artists that their technique wasnt good but they were more unique and after having mentor, their  style lose uniqueness. Because be honest, we copy what we like, and usually we ask for mentors of people that style will enjoy the most.

For example you go and learn to play guitar with Slash, you will master the guitar at rock, but you if you wanna learn country, Slash wont teach you that, your hands will have the skills but you will have to  start country from zero, and country its your style.


Sooner or later the technique of the mentor will consume you. Because errors are the things that makes you unique, nothing wrong with having errors, a mentor will make you erase the errors he doesnt have, but maybe those errors are the ones you need to be away from same style. He is walking getting this errors and learning from them and he will move them to a side so you can pass easily, but you wont learn like he is.

Its hard to explain, thats why i never got the need to find a mentor, i dont walk in the shadow of another artist.  The faster you start exploring your style, the better.


I like to see the sun with my own eyes.

And my eyes will burn.

And i will get lost.

Months and months of not learning anything.

A lot of cries in the dark,  hitting myself to the wall trying to figure out how they pull it off.

Weeks without drawing, the muse had gone, im alone, lost in a blank sheet.

Paper is my cage.

Sometimes other artist will stop their road and kick you in the legs , your arms, they will spit on you, so you cant continue your journey, the road seems longer. Sometimes another artist will stop look at you give you a hand to raise up and then, he will continue walking, the amount of steps depends on you, no other artist will give you a pigie ride.

Sometimes will be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Most of the times i just want to leave the pen on the desk and quit everything, after all whats the point?

But sometimes you receive a big push from family, friends, other artists tragedies, and you dohave to draw for them not for yourself.


If i was a magician and someone wants to tell me how he does his trick i will probably look away, because i believe in magic and i dont want it to lose it.


My road was never a road of roses, im proud of each error i have, errors are the ones that makes me who i am, errors are my armor, only with errors i can learn.

Im the kind of guy that will trip on the same stone over and over again.


Having someone showing me the way how to draw, been able to skip all the errors, at the end of the drawing i will feel victorious? How will i feel victorious if i never walked a road of thorns.

My feet are bleeding while my eyes are looking at the horizont... my goal.

Bloody errors keeps you on ground. Errors were meant to be avoided but errors were meant to make you stronger.


The more mistakes you do in art the better you will be, you can only learn by falling.

The errors feels like mathematical problems you need to solve by your own. Study books, study life models, get a teacher, read tutorials figure out by yourself what its wrong. And the answer will taste better than any drug in the world.


Having someone to take you by your hand and make you skip all this and go directly to your goal feels hollow to me.


Art in my case its  95% pain and hard work and 5% talent.



But what do i know, i just can talk by the way i had been working all this years, this is my way of the painter. This is all subjective, im not qualified to talk about this intense and great topic.


Anyone should find their own road of roses or thorns.

In  dark and stormy days, enjoy the rain, just dont wait for the sun to come, enjoy the rain, you will feel better if the sun comes out or he doesnt.


Dont feel bad if you dont have a mentor, read, work, seach, google everything. Trust and believe in yourself, art road its not easy.


Be proud of your mistakes, learn from them, DONT justify them but love them, so next time you can have new ones, and if you are lucky some of them will dissapear.

If you can spot your errors, you are grounded to the floor.


Errors are part of art, we are not machines.


Be unique.


Ps. Sometime you need someone to remind you, we all need courage, most of the days i wish people can tell me this "hang in there". We all need a palm in our backs.


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Roud1979 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Muy inspirador. Y era yo el que tenía el don de la palabra ;) Tuve la oportunidad de ver tu trabajo quiza desde sus inicios (aquellas historietas en la primaria) pasando por el momento de: "todavia tienes ese dibujo? Destruyelo" (y por cierto, aun lo tengo) y la verdad?, tu arte es realmente impresionante, siempre lo he considerado así, y ahora que veo hasta donde has llegado, simplemente: Wow! Y sólo al conocer los errores puedes corregirlos. La perfección no llega por arte de magia, sólo llega a través del esfuerzo. La vida es una competencia con uno mismo, y sólo venciendonos y reinventandonos lograremos ser únicos.
Quizá algún día volveremos a trabajar juntos. Por ahora es simplemente fascinante ver tu pasión no por el dibujo, sino en el dibujo. Sigue equivocandote, sólo así te acercarás a la perfección.

*Very inspiring, And I thought it was me the one with a gift for words. I had the chance to know your work, maybe from the very beginning (those comic strips in elementary school) thru those moments of "You still have that drawing? Burn it!" (which by the way I still have) and to be honest? Your art is really impresive, you know I have always thought of it that way, and now that I see how far you have gone, just: Wow!
And the only way to fix your errors is knowing them, perfection doesn't come by magic, you can only achieve it by working hard. Life itself is a competition, just this time it is with yourself, and just by conquering ourselves and reinventing us we can become unique.
Maybe some day we will work together again. For now, is just fascinating see your passion, not for drawing, but in every drawing. Keep making mistakes, that's the only way to get close to perfection
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Muchas gracias.
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Zalloy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
*Pat Else's back*

Hang in there

*Point to the horizon*

We strive, because we are artists. So hang in there, definitively!

^-^
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thnx
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Zalloy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
You're welcome, it was a very inspired and inspiring journal. A pleasure to read and think on what drives artists to continue, and what makes other drop out and stop improving.

I'd have faved it if it was possible XD Because, it's so very true!

Anyway, onward and forward my friend, onward and forward!

*Grab the winter shovel and try to scrap out the dust and clutter from her drawing desk*
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VanyaMegami Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hang in there :) Your one of my favourit artist on DA :) And also; Nicley written! :)
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m0n0cr0me Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Huh huh some text. But I agree, especially with originality point
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Poki-art Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
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kaiozus Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Artist
Woah, thank you so much for this!
It hits right in the kokoro lol
I should stop fooling around or I'll never get where I want.

The only thing I did not understand very well is the following sentence:

"If you can spot your errors, you are grounded to the floor."

maybe it's my language barrier, I dunno @@ but what do you mean here? Is it something good or bad? D:
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That if you can stop errors or mistakes in your pictures you know the drawing aint perfect, so you keep your ego in check.
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kaiozus Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Artist
Oh, I see :3 thank you :heart:
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Jakufuu Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
That's almost made me cry ok?

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goodgrace1 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Art road is surely full of thorns
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How poetic. :)
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peterete Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Siempre e dicho que los grandes artistas son luchadores, no nacemos sabiendo dibujar pero venimos con las herramientas para aprenderlo, tenemos una gran ventaja .. somos Dioses, creamos reinos razas, dominamos sobre el bien y el mal y regimos la existencia de cada personaje que creamos... creo q son pocas las profesiones en donde tienes tanto "poder".

El camino no es facil yo no puedo dedicarme a la ilustracion al 100% pues en mi pais la competencia es muy dura, tengo mi familia y debo trabajar por un sueldo fijo, por eso te admiro tu igual que muchos grandes artistas sacrificaste tu tiempo por seguir haciendo magia... Sigue broder... todo gran logro se lo disfruta mas cuando lo luchaste mucho... bueno eso ya lo sabes...

Suerte .. a seguir siendo Dioses ... a seguir creando....
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Kitsuru Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you for this, sometimes that's just what you need to hear.
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JaezX Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Muchas gracias por compartir esto, no podía llegar en mejor momento.
Espero que todo te vaya bien, eres una persona increíble :peace:
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Rosstarot Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
I tend to disagree.
Yes, it is essential to an artist to be able to spot what he doesn't like about his skills and work hard to rectify and to improve it. But your definition of mentor is definition of a bad mentor.
Real mentor will show you the direction and encourage you to explore, and not just copy his technique or whatever.
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
True i should chsnge it to bad mentoring
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Draco-Kohakunushi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
There's something in your drawings that is not perfection, but pasion. pasion trascends and lives in the drawing and stays there.
making it glow however faintly, but to the awakened eyes. The potential is all there. Others, however few can see it.
I've seen you grow, I've seen you struggle & suffer. And I've seen you gotten better, to a point I wouldn't believe. Keep going.
You like it raw. thats badass.
Yes its a hard way. Maybe the hardest way there is. but the reward is worth it. So worth it.
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Draco-Kohakunushi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
"...And the answer will taste better than any drug in the world" Amen.
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Hero-zeros Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hang in there elsevilla :D you'll be just fine:)
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SkyChainer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks for the inspirational journal (you in a way are a mentor yourself ^^)
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kadomaru Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Artist
Gracias
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BlackRhapsody1 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
We all need a palm in our backs.Eso

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Eso.

Nunca había visto de esa manera los errores, nunca los he justificado y no me siento cómoda con ellos, en el fondo uno no quiere mostrar sus fallas, porque no todos pueden englobarlo en un todo, para ver también la parte hermosa, tu sabes, las personas que solo critican y no ayudan, sin embargo, al final del día, tienes que encontrar el coraje para seguir adelante independientemente de los demás, porque cada quien forja su camino.

Yo no he tenido “educación artística”, solo sigo porque amo dibujar, no niego que me gustaría ser mas “profesional”, pero es una lástima cuando no se cuenta con el tiempo necesario, desde que era muy joven jamás me gusto que alguien me dijera como debía de hacer ningún dibujo, y también he visto la originalidad (y por decirlo de algún modo) chispa de otros apagarse y verse ofuscada por adoptar el estilo de dibujo del mentor, es triste cuando eso pasa.

Y es que realmente copiamos lo que nos gusta, pero es un arma de doble filo, por así decirlo, habría que cuestionar sobre, ¿Cuánto de un dibujo es realmente tuyo? Y ¿y cuanto es una fotocopia de algo más?.

En fin, C: disculpa que me haya extendido, me ha gustado tu Journal, me ha hecho recordar bastantes cosas.
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
gracias por compartir
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HellyonWhite Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Echaba mucho de menos estos journals tuyos, Elsevilla. Son los que hacen que seas uno de mis artistas favoritos y siempre te admiraré por tu forma de ver todo el camino que conlleva ser dibujante.

Saludos y hang in there! Puedes con todo.
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Aniemfreak9601 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*falls down, gets back up* Did I just fall down? Naw, I just sprung back up even higher than I was.
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jversion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. This will keep me going during the rainy days. :)
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LadyLaumes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :heart: I needed this.
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TakemaKei Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fully agree with this. This just happened to me with my latest deviation. I saw tons of mistakes there, so now I know what I need to improve on. That was a valuable experience.
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PenZxQ Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for this Journal, i'm in need for this kind of speech.
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no problem iom glad to motivate.
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zwxART Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is the most dramatic artistic struggle I've ever read.
A wonderful read this is. THANK YOU.
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lilisys Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"In dark and stormy days, enjoy the rain, just dont wait for the sun to come, enjoy the rain, you will feel better if the sun comes out or he doesnt."
Thanks so much for this! The weather where I am happens to be gloomy now, so I will take this literally and figuratively :happycry:
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Teal-Lorca Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Esto podría aplicarse a cualquier acción que ejerzamos, es un modo de ver la vida. Aveces es bueno tener otra perspectiva, gracias
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ChiCaGos Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing this, I needed to read something like this to remind myself that I'm not perfect and that art is a journey for myself and everyone around it.
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erniedoc Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Real talk. It's not an easy road. Hang in there.
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I must disagree with your definition of "mentor". A mentor shows A way; not THE ONLY way. They also encourage those they work with to surpass them, again, in the artists' own way.

Otherwise, I'm down with your sentiments, and am here to say, "Keep going. Your mistakes are yielding amazing results!" I love your work, friend!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is just villa having another poetry rage against the man :D
Definitely nothing wrong with following a mentor, even looking like your mentor isn't technically bad. Villa likes to be unique, yet ironically thinks everyone should be like him in ways (like the requirement of being unique). Errors are not required to have a unique style either, that's just an excuse to deny help from your peers.
I just come here for the funny reads :)
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
HA-HAHAHAHAHA!!! ^__^
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe i sound a bit harsh on the text, need to edit, okay done. You have to admit that when you are under his wing you act like him, its all about pushing you from the nest when you start exploring your own style. Same happens with musicians. Thanxs for shating your point of view.
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's all good in the hood!

That said - dude, ease up on the "you have to admit" stuff; you sound like Rush Limbaugh. Actually, I've never had a problem with simply taking what I need from mentors, and leaving what I don't. I believe in my own work enough that I've never had to be "pushed from the nest". What attracts me, I incorporate into my life. What doesn't, I ignore. Because of this, my mentors come from all walks of life, and every one enriches my work/life in some way.
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good for you.
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Indeed!
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanxs for sharing, but like i said for personal experience from a lot of artist i had seen that have mentors, their style it looks almst the same, they are cloned, they have to stop the mentoring face and seach for their own style later own. But in the process they become clones.
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I hate to tell you this, but YOU'RE one of my mentors.^_^ Does that mean I draw exactly like you? No.

We're all mentors to somebody, whether we know it, like it, or not.
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I cant be your mentor, and the reason its because i havent seen you draw, so no real feedback, you are confusing someone you like, with mentor, its different.
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
You have your perceptions, I have mine.
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Remicy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You
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