This post is dedicated to my fellow artists. The graphic designers, painters, fashion designers, illustrators, technical artists, sculptors and any I've missed. We've all taken on the responsibilityof being an artist; even when our parents were disappointed they weren't going to get a doctor and when our boss made us take a pay cut because"artists are a dime a dozen". We pressed on with our passion because, like Peter Parker, we felt this is what we were born to do. But like Peter, sometimes we feel it's a curse.
Our work is never perfect and we get frustrated when we find ten other artists out there better than us. But I tell you this, don't strive for perfection. Strive for satisfaction. It is your responsibility as the artistyou have chosen to be, to use this gift to create and to share. Don't strive for perfection and compare yourself to others. Learn from others, be inspired by others, but find your own voice and connect with others. Make mistakes and learn from them and always remember that you arealwaysa student. You will never stop learning. It's then that you will become the artist you want to be. I wanted to say this to you because I've been connecting with many artists lately and I feel a depression falling over them. They feel they're not where they're supposed to be. But that is part of our growth and what we have to go through to be, not just a better artist, but a better person. Keep creating and keep striving. Youarean artist and that's a wonderful thing.
The Spidey illustration inspired this post simply because he's the hard-luck hero. The everyman. He was my hero as a 12 year old boy because he never quit and when he did he felt terrible and always came back stronger. We should do the same.