My experience learning illustration – Reflexions
My experience learning illustration
You already know a little about my experience learning illustration, from the beginning to the end. And from all this I have drawn some conclusions and thoughts that I would like to share with you.
When you meet someone who wants to fulfill a dream, but, for various reasons, cannot, they are often told things like «If you want something, you have to work hard for it.»
And look, that’s a yes and a no.
It is a yes because, unless you are very lucky and a guardian angel sees that you have talent and takes you under his wing, it’s very difficult to fulfill dreams. Especially when you have adult responsibilities (paying bills, rent…) or when you don’t have time because you have a family or you have to go to work. If you want to accomplish any goal, you are going to have to sacrifice something and work hard to achieve it. It may be a difficult task, but if it makes you happy, the right way is to try.
Which brings me directly to the “no”. The “no”, is,simply that, maybe you cannot sacrifice anything, because you don’t have time or economic income to be able to invest in what makes you so happy. Or there are other reasons. There are cases where you just can’t.
And you don’t have to feel miserable or worse for not getting it.
Or to get halfway.
Or, simply, for having “started late”.
The important thing is not to forget that you have a dream that makes you happy and go for it when you need it.
If you like to draw, draw when you can and, if possible, when your body tells you to.
If you feel like writing something, write.
And so on.
Which brings me to another essential point of this: if something makes you happy, let no one, absolutely no one, prevent you from taking refuge in that something that makes you happy.
Surely you have heard people around you who have made fun of you because you like something or because you want to get something. Or you look for support in someone you appreciate and you don’t receive it. These types of attitudes can cause you to think that it isn’t worth continuing down that path. But let me insist: if it makes you happy, keep going.
One of the things that I regret about my past is that I left behind practically everything that I liked or that made me feel fulfilled for not receiving the support or the help that I needed. The moment you decide to abandon everything, you feel terrible, as if something is missing in life. It is a very unpleasant feeling, which makes you an incomplete and unhappy person.
Given that, the only thing I can say is that life is already heavy and hard enough to make you even more bitter.
So I encourage you to continue being happy and I hope you get what you set out to do.