Over 8 fer sure (I’m not good at keeping track of these things ^~^’) from high school then university (not an art school). It’s my personal policy to always have several art classes per semester as a break from the general education stuff.
Depends lol. It’s a cycle. If I’m making progress with my projects and feeling good about the direction I’m going, then ye. If I end up in a rut somehow (caused by intense self-criticism usually), then nah. At those times I ask my friends for help to poke me in the right direction and encourage me.
I started drawing ever since I was a little kid, in preschool, with Pokemon and Sailormoon and DBZ etc.
But I wasn’t so serious about drawing until after I arrived in America and my sis showed me the Katy Coope books…aaand I started reading manga. That was around 12-13 years old that I got the fire. So if you mark it from then, around 7-8 years. :)
Nice to meet you too. Hey, do you mind if If I ask you a question? I am an artist too and I can't Leo but admire the length of your beautiful Lyric Comics. I always have trouble maintaining motivation while I'm in the middle of a really long piece, like a comic. How in the world do you keep yourself so focused?
there are spans of days where i just dont feel like working on my projects—lose motivation and dont wanna look at my own work sorta thing. And there are plenty of lyricstucks that I abandoned because of that reason :P
but to get over those challenging internal conflicts, I ask my friends to keep an eye on my progress and push me, and always try to work at it til the point of no return—meaning you’ve worked so long at it that you might as well get it done, haha.
Focus is important, but it only really comes in short, small bursts. What’s important is the things that you do while you’re not in that focus zone. It’s all about the willpower and patience to push yourself through a long project. Work on it one small step at a time. Certainly we get a blaze of excitement when we first start off, but when you hit a block and run out of energy, it’s time to be wise and start planning more carefully.
I’m not the perfect model for it no, but the important thing is to try. Try your best. Have patience for yourself and your work.