Q:Do you think that 28 is too old to try to pursue a career in art on your own terms? I wanted to be a 3D animator for as long as I can remember, but when I got to college I realized that going to college for it wasn't for me. The school and the environment was horrible and I was completely uninspired to continue animation. I went to school for fashion illustration after that and I although my teachers thought my art was truly beautiful, I didn't get to finish because I started a family.
(cont.) I became inspired again recently and I have been drawing and sketching everyday (for the past two years) as well as learning animation on my own. I am heavily influenced by your webcomic, but I just wanted to know if it was too late to pursue my dream without school and by myself at 28?
I started TJ and Amal at 31, with a weak art education and zero experience in comics, so you can probably guess where I stand on the matter!
I wish our culture didn’t place such heavy emphasis on “making it” in your teens and twenties; that the (justifiable!) attention paid to prodigies wouldn’t set “prodigy” as the norm. This kind of BS does everyone a disservice.
If you have a dream and the resources/ability to pursue it, there’s no reason to sit it out just because “everyone makes it by 25.” Because everyone DOESN’T make it by 25. Some do, some don’t, whatever.
What’s more, age can bring experience that will inform your work — work you couldn’t have made at 20 or 25 without that experience.
Sometimes when I get discouraged about this stuff, it helps to remember an anecdote I read a few years ago—
A retiree mentions to her friend that she’s considering going back to college and finishing her degree.
"What, at 65?" says her friend, "You’ll be at least 40 years older than everyone else in class!"
To which the lady replies, “oh, so you think I should wait till I’m 70?”
There’s no going backwards.
Awesome advice, thank you.
I only date girls with eyes and mouths. If you don’t have those, forget about dating me.
I couldn’t help myself, I had to sketch something. :)
foodstamps-lobster said: Nobody is talking about breasts here. >:| (My new complaint for almost any conversations)
I’m imagining you going to a graphics symposium with Sharky and after the speaker delivers a talk on some sweet tech you say, “CAN WE TALK ABOUT BREASTS NOW” and Sharky smacking you upside the head. XD
sharky-chan said: Seriously, what the fuck?! :X:X:X.
Sharky, this game is so bananas. Impressively, I have to say that it captures how awkward and weird it is to be a teenager, but with the surreality of an orange with lizard skin.
Also, the gameplay is pretty good. I’m putting this on my list of “Things Chelsea shouldn’t like but does anyway.”
Story of my life.
Imogen Heap’s state-of-the-art wearable tech lets you control sounds with your hands. Let’s change the way we make music!
If you haven’t already, here’s another amazing tech + music thing that you should throw money at.
foodstamps-lobster said: Somehow, what stands out to me most is that his name is ‘Jelly’
You noticed my creative naming of the protagonist! I didn’t want to give him a sexy name, so I went with “Jelly Scone.”
It makes the game like, 10% funnier when people are calling him “Mr. Scone.”
foodstamps-lobster said: When I started Nocturne, I couldn’t think of any good Japanese names off the top of my head, so the protag wound up as ‘Yakisoba Tonkastu.’ Sharky called me racist ;(
Yakisoba Tonkatsu, a true American hero.
it’s so cute i want an army of them
take it to school and print gay porn in your teacher’s planner book.
That is not the intended use sir
Since there isn’t a link currently, go donate to their Kickstarter and you can get one of your very own.