this girl on Facebook just posted a picture of her and her friend at the zoo in front of the tiger exhibit and she made the caption “lions and tigers and bears oh my!” That’s not the annoying part. Her friend’s last name is…
No matter how young you are, if you’re self-disciplined enough to hold a pencil it’s time to buy some anatomy and art history books. Do it. Spend your allowance on it.
Do research on the artists in your field.
Start looking at the people in the field that you want to go into. Look at what they draw, but more importantly read their interviews. Stalk their blog. Learn first hand what it’s like to actually be an artist working in that field. Get a realistic expectation of your future life. You might not find it so appealing afterward.
Do research on the buisiness aspect of your field.
Find out what you can expect to be paid, what your future employers expect from you (do they value speed over quality? Do they prefer artists who can render specific images from a description?) and what you need to do in order to get in. Networking? What kind of portfolio do you need to send in?
Look at other kinds of artists.
Don’t just look at Manga if you want to draw Manga art, don’t just look at DC and Marvel if you want to draw Western comics. Here’s a hint: Editors have seen pretty much every flavor of the standard style for these genres possible. Mix it up. Add something of your own. Your style is what you’re selling as an artist, so make it distinctive.
the thought of becoming an adult one day is the scariest thing ever why cant i live the rest of my life blogging about fictional characters and laughing at stupid shit
I am going to let you in on the worst-kept secret in fandom: we’re actually mostly adults around here.
I am thirty-two years old. One of my oldest friends is pushing forty. His older sister is forty-six. We all blog about fictional characters and stupid shit. One of the first people who ever GMed a tabletop RPG for me still goes to cons. He’s at least fifty.
We are all, in theory, grown adults who are holding down jobs and have cars or rent or morgage payments or student loans and/or marriages and/or children. We vote and eat bran-tastic food for our hearts and buy sensible shoes.
Also, the first song I danced to at my first Homecoming dance was recently played on a local oldies station, dear god.
I mean, seriously. Grownups. We made it to the other side, fan-brains intact. So can you.
Becoming an adult is not scary. Becoming an adult is not about stopping with the tumbling and the cat videos. It’s just about doing that shit between work and errands instead of between school and chores. It’s about being able to do different kinds of epic shit — I may not be able to write another 50k fanfic, but I can decorate my entire kitchen in Captain America stuff and re-wire my rice cooker so the light looks like an arc reactor.
If you’re worried about no longer being fannish and not liking ridiculous silly shit (I assume ‘for no good reason’, aka ‘growing out of it’), you’re worried about becoming boring, not old.
So what if people call what we do childish? A: they’re wrong, there’s some serious grown-up badassery going ‘round in fandoms, and B: what’s wrong with being childish? Are children something we should avoid being like? Doesn’t everyone wish they could return to childhood?
We are living a friggin’ eternal youth on the internet. Anyone tells you ‘grownups don’t do this stuff’ is just jealous. Hmph.
Now get off my damn lawn, kid.
Seriously. All of this.
I often wonder if kids/teenagers think that there’s a magic age at which you suddenly stop liking everything you like and acquire more socially acceptable adult-type hobbies. Spoiler alert: there isn’t.
Being an adult sucks in some ways, but it’s really fucking awesome in others. In fact, I think being an adult fan is light-years better than being a child/teenage fan. I get to spend my own money on movie tickets and gaming supplies and convention memberships! And I don’t have to justify it to anyone! There are plenty of things to be scared of when it comes to growing up. Trust me, this isn’t one of them. Fandom is one of the things that actually gets better as you get older.
I’ve always lived by a line I heard in a movie. A fucking fantastic movie.
"Never lose your childish enthusiasm." - Katherine, Under the Tuscan Sun
people need to understand that loving a character doesn’t mean thinking they are freaking saints or gods it means you love that they are broken and you love their faults as well as their virtues and you would rather have them as the mess that they are than love anything else
also they need to not tell others what to love and mind their own damn business but you know one step at a time
“Teen Wolf is the kind of show that not only gives its adult characters purpose, it also suggests that there are real-life consequences to being overly focused on epic supernatural problems. Like how Scott’s failing his classes. Stiles’ dad just got fired. The town’s leaders get regularly overthrown by a powerful upperclass (in this case, Jackson’s attorney father seemed to be the orchestrator of the Sheriff’s dismissal). All these bummers not only ring true, they raise the stakes while simultaneously keeping things grounded. See what I’m saying? The writerly decisions this show makes have become downright refreshing.”—[x] (via valjeans)
Do you ever just wanna hug someone so tightly to the point where you have absolutely no intentions of ever letting go because you want them to know just how much they mean to you and how much you love them and you just wanna take away all the bad things in their life and replace them with only good things?