old artist

as a kid/teen who read a lot of webcomics from their early days or would go archive binging I got to see the amount of growth in art quality possible for people who start as late as 18, 20, 23, 25 years old for drawing who kept with it consistently and for several years with some experimentation

and there’s always inspirational stories about people’s grandparents becoming artists in their retirement or whatever but i can’t attest to that in any sort of concrete way where as it’s very easy to go look up some moderately popular webcomics and see how old the artists were when their art was so rough in the early days and then watch as that style develops and changes and becomes more defined over the years

there’s something to be said for being able to see that progress

anyway, my point is try not to be demoralised if you’re trying to get into drawing late in your life and you’re seeing teens surpass you

if there’s one thing i learnt from horrible art sites it’s that there will be people younger and better and older and worse, the best thing you can do is have fun with it and keep going, make stuff that makes you and others happy, be critical for the sake of improvement without placing a sense of self worth on the flaws


pretty sure that’s a fire hazard, Jesse.

happy valentine’s day!! <3 <3