People with the best intentions tell me I shouldn’t pigeon hole myself with comics and that instead I should do art/design. That’s nice and all. But then you look at the real world:
- I’ve never wanted do art or design
- I’ve done more or less serious comic work on and off for six years, the last three with increasing seriousness and commitment
- It’s about as likely for me to get an art/design job as it is a comic job
- Even if I could easily be a designer, I would be very bored and unhappy as one and hate myself for doing it
- I’d have huge loans
So, yeah, but no. Art/design =/= comics. Going in a direction I would hate which is not compatible with what I want to work with so that I can get a shitty job, hate my life and take it out on my fellow commuters to play it safe and keep my options open isn’t even being clever.
I get how those people think, but that doesn’t mean they’re right. Art kind of being like comics is true in the same way that shooting a film kind of being like writing a book.
And people act like and tell me that I am an ungrateful snob for “scoffing” at art/design.
I don’t scoff at it.
They’re both valid passions and careers. But so is running a hotel and I don’t think hotel managers take offense if I admit I don’t want their jobs.
And add to that the fact that both the art and design world are incredibly difficult to get into. I doubt if someone without a burning ambition could make it, and if they could, they should step aside to give that opportunity to someone who wants it, if you ask me.
This is all a bunch of jantelag in my opinion. I guess I could have pheasant but prefer porridge and I can see how that could be provoking but I’d rather be provoking than bored, bitter and poor.