Friday, December 17, 2010

With Great Power Comes...

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 responsibility of 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 artist you 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 are always a 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. You are an 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.



Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Dennis, This article is tremendous! This is the part of the movie that always stands out in my mind. "With great power comes great responsibility" I was speaking to a young lady who has just written a children's book. She was looking for an illustrator. She found a talented young man who told her that he would do her whole project for just $1200.00. She really likes his work and thought that he was asking for two much. He told her that he would do the cover and the 17 illustrations for that price. I have been doing children's books for a while now. Some folks don't have a clue cause they are not interested in having one. They just see the illustrations and they don't even think about the hours that go into it. I do understand the everyone is looking for a bargain, but you get what you pay for. The young illustrator told her that he wanted to keep all rights to the illustration and cover. She was upset about that. I asked her," Do you know what goes into the process of doing a children's book. Do you know that it takes up to a year to do one and that's with a publisher?" She didn't have a clue and I really didn't want to school her. Some folks want to dum down what we as character developer, animators, graphic artist and illustrators do. If we just give away this talent how ware we suppose to live? We have been given a very, very special gift. Everyone can't do what we do. We must be careful what we do with the is gift and how we share it. I know this long, but I totally agree with your article. It's great. I hope it will inspire other artist to put worth to what they do.
Happy Holidays

Keyuri Joshi (on the ball parent coach) said...

This is a beautiful post. It inspires not just artists, but so many others. We are not human doings, but are human beings. When we allow ourselves to just "be", there is a great peace we can latch on to. I love what you say that we should first satisfy ourselves. Thanks for sharing this great wisdom with us Dennis.

Brad said...

Wow! What a great post, and true, true, true! I also love Vanessa's story. Spidey was my hero as a boy and he is still my fav. Starting out as an artist I wanted to draw the Spiderman comic. I realized that quickly that doing comics wasn't my thing. Your illo is beautiful and I love the style of your spidey.

It has been great meeting you too!


Jeannette Paladino said...

Dennis, a beautiful post. We are all too hard on ourselves. Instead of seeking perfection, we should seek to do our best. That's all any of us can do.

Unknown said...

Thanks Dennis. I really mean it, thanks.

Small Business Internet Marketing said...

Thanks so much Dennis. Not only are you an artist by trade, you are an artist in your heart, sharing your wisdom, advice, and warmth with those of use who are fortunate enough to have "met" you :)

Michaele Razi said...

Loved this post! Wonderfully put and explained. And it came at such a great time for me, and I'm sure for others as well. Thank you for being such a light of inspiration and positivity! Keep up the awesome art and work and words!

Unknown said...

@Vanessa Wow, you said it, girl. You're absolutely right. People can't do what we do and we need to educate them on that. Have a very Merry Christmas!

@Keyuri We are not human doings, we are human beings. Awesome. Thank you. :)

@Brad Yes, Vanessa all of sudden became a general. Thank you, sir. I think Spidey influenced a lot of young artists. He's still my favorite too. :)

@Jeannette That's it.

@Inmar You got it, man.

@Julie You're the best. That made me feel really good. Thanks!

@Michaele I'm glad it came at the right time. And thank you so much. I'm humbled by everyone's words.

keepupweb said...

Thanks for a wonderfully uplifting post Dennis. It is difficult to find your way sometimes especially when your calling is something creative. Your positive attitude is an inspiration to all of us.

the Citizen Rosebud said...

AWESOME post my friend. It combines upbeat with the determined knowledge of hard-work. You are so right, I can only be the artist I'm supposed to be, and I can work from there.

This is a good reminder especially as I endeavor to combine creativity with commerce and there's been a bit of second-guessing (should I have done this or that, should I have sold it this way?) but you remind me that I can do what I do, and learn from it and move forward.

Thanks so much, Dennis! Wishing you much success as well!

Unknown said...

Hi Dennis:

You are doing great post, one after another. I did read the post, it is about your graphic designer friend.

I enjoyed reading it.

Dennis my site is waiting to see you.

enjoy the Holiday season
fran A

Sarah Wu said...

Great post. I remember I said to my parent that it was so hard for me to at F.I.T (The college i was in). Because everyone seem to be better then me. My parent told me I shouldn't be complain, I choose this path and I should just always pushing myself. Everyone has their unique talent and what they're good at.

kristy said...

AMAZING post!!!! i love it. very inspirational.

peter parker is among my favorite superhero alter egos. i can relate to him so well. and the quote "with great power comes great responsibility" has stuck with me since i first heard it.

very glad to have met you!!

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TJ Lubrano said...

Ciaoooooo Dennis!!

AWESOME POST! And High Five to Spidey! You gotta love him.

People who don't know much about designing & illustrating, really think it's done in a flash and that we can do it just like that. All those little in between steps are forgotten and let's not forget the mental energy we put into creating our work.

I'm a perfectionist and I never thought that my art was good enough to sell. But over time I came to realize what I can do with my gift and how it can make people happy. The word perfect is so subjective and being perfect in what you do, isn't my main priotity. Like you said, I can only learn along my creative journey and get better. As long as I'm true to myself, I don't need to be perfect. The feeling that people get when they see my art, that's what matters to me the most.

Personally, with no art study done in the past, stepping into the illustration world can be very very scary, but I know that I want to do this as a living. Next to that, I have my own special way of how I create my art which can inspire others as well. So I just need to stick to it and ask the price what my illustrations deserve ^_^.

Happy Holidays to you & yours!

Anonymous said...

Dennis, Totalmente de acuerdo con el articulo. Es asi, es exactamente asi como me siento a veces. y que tranquilidad saber que no soy el unico que siente frustracion, decepcion o depresion por no llegar al punto que se desea... no desistir y perseverar hasta el fin. aprender todos los dias y que nunca falte la libreta para cuando llega la inspiracion. Un abrazo Dennis y mi admiracion para ti. Oscar Cedillo.

Anonymous said...

Dennis, Totalmente de acuerdo con el articulo. Es asi, es exactamente asi como me siento a veces. y que tranquilidad saber que no soy el unico que siente frustracion, decepcion o depresion por no llegar al punto que se desea... no desistir y perseverar hasta el fin. aprender todos los dias y que nunca falte la libreta para cuando llega la inspiracion. Un abrazo Dennis y mi admiracion para ti. Oscar Cedillo.

Unknown said...

Gracias, Oscar!

David Miller said...

that was right on time. Insightful and on the money.
Thanks so much,

Janine Ripper said...

Nice. I will show this to my partner as he was just looking on deviantart and stating how much better everyone was. Whereis I think he is pretty darn talented and should stick at it as it's everyones differences that make their work so unique.

Unknown said...

That would be awesome, Janine. I hope this helps. That was the whole meaning behind it.

Heather Fonseca said...

Dennis this is such a great article! Really inspirational, especially for those of us who have been a little down.


Unknown said...

Happy to hear that!