The Success of Art... always learning
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." ~Pele
Pele is a famous soccer player but, success in art is no different. There is no hidden secret to being successful as an artist; art is 2% talent, and 98% practice. Anything, including art, can be learned. It is more of a unwillingness to learn that creates obstacles to success in peoples lives, not the talent they do, or do not, posses.
Five years ago I knew very little about Photoshop, and nothing about Lightroom.
Five years ago I was just leaping from shooting in auto, which I had been relying on since the 90's, to manual and RAW.
Five years ago I still believed the societal lie that an art degree means nothing, and will offer me no real avenues to a fulfilling career.
I find myself sitting here in awe about how far I have come in my pursuit of digital art. To look back and see the path I have trudged up is the biggest success to me. But, ssshhhh.... don't tell anyone, it's not perceived as humble to be proud of yourself.
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." ~Calvin Coolidge
And, if persistence and determination are omnipotent, then why not be proud of our successes? Why not shout to the world, look how far I have come?
This was one of the very first pieces of digital art I created this year. It is part of a bigger compilation of pieces, that one day I hope to exhibit called A Grimm Story.
It's a nice piece, but to me it was never really finished. It lacked a certain something I couldn't put my thumb on. I realized, as I reworked the composition, that I lacked the knowledge of how to make the piece look the way I wanted it too six months ago. Half a year later, I have a completed piece that I love. Persistence, and the courage to continue learning (instead of calling it a failure, and giving up) makes this composite successful.
WHAT ARE YOU SUCCESSFUL AT RIGHT NOW???
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