10 Things I’ve Learned In The 2 Years Since I Graduated From Art School

samspratt:

I graduated from art school 2 years ago, here are some things I think I’ve learned. In the words of my current client, Donald Glover: “I’m not saying this thing is true or not, I’m just saying it’s what I learned.”

  1. Creativity Is Recession Proof” were the words plastered over the novelty T-shirt I bought in college, and it turned out to be the most honest piece of clothing I have ever, and likely will ever own. Sadly… it also shows my nipples. 
  2. The Internet is the world’s most powerful tool. With great power, comes… you know the rest… or maybe you don’t, since you’re scrolling through facebook or tumblr. The way you share creations is almost as important as the creations themselves.
  3. Advertising is worth the shame. My first illustration job out of college paid 20 dollars an image — a feeling not unlike getting mugged by a paraplegic sloth — yet every time those 20 dollars filled an empty wallet, my name and sites were sent off into the ether to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. Now some of those people pay me 100x-1000x that for illustrations. Why? Maybe because I make nice things, but more likely? Because with every underpaid image I made, I made someone, somewhere, remember my name. 
  4. Don’t “fuck the haters”, embrace the hivemind. The “haters” will come in many forms: sometimes with criticism based on personal preference, sometimes with nonsensical attacks that seem like youtube commenter vomit, and sometimes with actual advice disguised as “hate”, saying what you’re doing wrong and what you could be doing better. Not everyone is a sage, not everyone is right, but they are worth listening to, if only to put a pin in to see if you hear something like that again. You will literally never be above improvement. There is no plateau, keep climbing, and pay attention to what’s around you, even the guy shouting through a megaphone while jackhammering directly underneath a potential avalanche. 
  5. Waiting for inspiration is like waiting at the DMV: It lasts forever and if you don’t know enough, you’ll probably still fail at the end. Nike your problems away by just doing it… “it” being something. You can wait and wait for good ideas, you can consume books, magazines, websites, and music by the truckload, desperate for something to trigger some sort of eureka moment, but if you just write your shitty lyric down, lay your shitty brush stroke down, or take your shitty photo, you’re on the right to track to actually making something good. I have made many terrible things, some of which remain terrible but served as stepping stones to better things, some I transformed into rather nice things, and I learned more about myself, the world, my work, technique, appeal, and a million other tiny factors from simply doing something, even when it failed.
  6. Work to play. Be an idiot when you’re young, like… college-young. I was quite an idiot in college but I could have been even more of one and probably have been just fine. However, when you leave… leave the party there. If you give up a lot when you leave your childhood behind, and put your all into boring grown-up things like “work”, “money”, and “responsibility”, it genuinely doesn’t take much time to get the freedom you had in college back. The only difference is that instead of keeping the party going to distract yourself from a job you hate and rent you can barely pay, you can kick back and enjoy the party when you choose to on your own terms, if you even care about doing so at all. In other words: Stop it with this YOLO nonsense, why you are taking the words of a filthy-rich, diamond-selling recording artist who was on a Canadian TV show’s acronym of wisdom to mean: “be an idiot always and forever because fuck it, I’m young”, is beyond me. He worked hard to be able to wear $6000 socks, he didn’t “You Only Live Once” his way to them.
  7. There are a lot of people more talented than you, that’s something you should know, but never accept. I’m regularly embarrassed by the quality of my work when I look at the hordes of artists superior to me, but you have time to spend, knowledge to gain, and skills to practice for the rest of your life. Your place amongst the world has no finality to it, you can always be more.
  8. A friend who will stab you with a knife in the front is worth your weight in unicorn blood. Friends will back pat and backstab, occasionally becoming bloat and baggage, but if you should be so lucky as to find a person who cares about your success enough that they will outwardly knock you down a peg or ten with the truth so that you can better yourself, don’t toss them for the easier friend. Even lone-wolf-alpha-dog-max-payne-type people need a little help along the way.
  9. Karma is a pretty damn good business model. I have hunted for clients before. I have barked up their trees, aggressive and hungry for work, failing to get it every time. I have also done a lot of personal work, just for fun, but executed seriously. Many of these would be labelled as “fan art” — depictions of pop-culture icons with my own odd twist that I put out into the world — some of which I pour dozens of hours into. Traditionally, when I finish work with a client, I ask: “So, how did you find me?” almost every time the answer is: work of mine they saw on the web that I did for shits and giggles. I put good in, and in time (thanks to item #2), I get good out. There is no science or stability to this beyond the notion that if you work hard enough and if you can make your work seen, you will be rewarded. These are the naive musings of a 23 year-old, remember?
  10. “Art” is a shitty word that people will tack on to anything these days. Just focus on creating, whatever that may be, however that may be, do it well, and do it because you love it.

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I have liked over 1.1k posts

Maybe its time to queue up some reblogs again.

birdghost:

irl-spain:

sentimentalslut:

people say ‘I love you’ in a lot of different ways

'eat something'

'buckle up'

'get some sleep'

'here have my fries'

'Im gonna draw you something'

Or one I personally use a lot;
"hey, whats up?"

When I use sarcasm in the conversation or make a lot of jokes, that counts as well.

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Today my custom controller stickers came in! Fancy stuff is fancy!

Today my custom controller stickers came in! Fancy stuff is fancy!

pixelrover:

An old VHS tape we found inttroducing the team!

Its a new year at school, and those who arent at their internships like me, have been divided into new project teams and are starting their awesome video game projects!

One of them is PixelRover. They are developing a brawler where you fight your friends and family as gnomes and leprechauns in a bar with up to 4 players at a time. Good times!

orsouw:

wilwheaton:

BUTTS

BUTTS!

Badabutts!

orsouw:

wilwheaton:

BUTTS

BUTTS!

Badabutts!

(Source: naughty-butt-nice)

some-good-songs:

Mr. Blue Sky » Electric Light Orchestra

Sun is shinin' in the sky,
There ain't a cloud in sight
It's stopped rainin'
Everybody's in a play
And don't you know
It's a beautiful new day

Happy sounding music to follow up that previous post!

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Russian dashboard camera captures a road fight involving costumed cartoon mascots

Amusing as it is Frogman, it is still a recording of 5 people beating up 1 guy. Who knows what started it o.O

I wouldn’t call that scenario, no matter how many furries involved, funny exactly.

(Source: Laughing Squid, via thefrogman)

my-stereo-heart-beats-for-you:

The fear of progression since the dawn of man

I can’t wait to see what the technology will be that pisses me off as a relic of the previous generation!

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Yet we can’t seem to stop talking about it, so what’s the difference?

Yet we can’t seem to stop talking about it, so what’s the difference?

(Source: iraffiruse, via budgiebin)

I choked in my drinks..

I choked in my drinks..

(Source: 4GIFs.com, via thefrogman)

supercatwarrior:

thegreylock:

It’s a fucking duel disc.

I CANT UNSEE THIS

Comic gold

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eliza-lou-riley:

candycoatedcreepies:

glowcloud:

childservices:

who cares lmfao!!!!

What did they tell him!!! What can we tell him to make him cry harder

OKAY, HOLD THE FUCK UP.
THIS IS WHAT THE MEDIA DOES TO POSTS AND SUCH.
YOU PEOPLE ARE LAUGHING AT THIS MAN. WHY. BECAUSE HE WAS BROUGHT TO TEARS? I’M SURE IF THIS MAN WAS GAY, YOU’D BE ALL OVER IT.
YOU’RE NOT GETTING THE WHOLE STORY.
THIS MAN ASKED HIS FOLLOWERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA A QUESTION WHEN HE SAW THAT HE HAD QUITE A LOT OF LGBT FOLLOWERS. HE SAID, “IF YOU COULD CHOOSE WHETHER TO BE GAY OR STRAIGHT, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?”
AND THE RESPONSES MOVED HIM. THEY FUCKING MOVED HIM. THAT’S WHY HIS CRYING. I’M SORRY, BUT IF YOU PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SHIT ON HIM WITHOUT GETTING THE WHOLE STORY, I CAN’T TALK TO YOU.
HIS QUOTES ARE LITERALLY:
"Sorry, guys… It’s just… It’s sad."
"So, don’t take my word for any of this. Listen to them."
"And if you think being Gay is a choice, and you want to hide behind the Bible, show me the verse where God says being gay is a choice."
HERE IS THE ARTICLE
AND HERE IS THE VIDEO
I, AS A LESBIAN, AM FUCKING DISAPPOINTED IN YOU PEOPLE WHO ARE GIVING HIM SHIT.
IN THE VIDEO,
HE FUCKING SAYS “This video is about a kid who came out to his parents, and their… Their response was horrific.”
THIS MAN IS SOMEONE WHO CARES
AND THIS MAN IS SOMEONE YOU’RE HATING ON .
-
GET THE WHOLE FUCKING STORY BEFORE YOU DECIDE WHO YOU INSULT. AND, MOST OF ALL, JUST KEEP YOUR SHIT TO YOURSELF UNLESS YOU’RE 100% SURE YOU WANT TO SAY IT. 
/// rant over. 

I hate the way some people preach about equality and treating everyone with respect but it’s deemed perfectly okay to insult and judge every single white male there is out there just because he is white and male, without even knowing the person inside.
Double standards at its finest. 

The weirdest / worst part of this is that they jumped on him for a title of an article that was CLEARLY CUT OFF. Even if it would be the full title, that wouldn’t make any sense!

eliza-lou-riley:

candycoatedcreepies:

glowcloud:

childservices:

who cares lmfao!!!!

What did they tell him!!! What can we tell him to make him cry harder

OKAY, HOLD THE FUCK UP.

THIS IS WHAT THE MEDIA DOES TO POSTS AND SUCH.

YOU PEOPLE ARE LAUGHING AT THIS MAN. WHY. BECAUSE HE WAS BROUGHT TO TEARS? I’M SURE IF THIS MAN WAS GAY, YOU’D BE ALL OVER IT.

YOU’RE NOT GETTING THE WHOLE STORY.

THIS MAN ASKED HIS FOLLOWERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA A QUESTION WHEN HE SAW THAT HE HAD QUITE A LOT OF LGBT FOLLOWERS. HE SAID, “IF YOU COULD CHOOSE WHETHER TO BE GAY OR STRAIGHT, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?”

AND THE RESPONSES MOVED HIM. THEY FUCKING MOVED HIM. THAT’S WHY HIS CRYING. I’M SORRY, BUT IF YOU PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SHIT ON HIM WITHOUT GETTING THE WHOLE STORY, I CAN’T TALK TO YOU.

HIS QUOTES ARE LITERALLY:

"Sorry, guys… It’s just… It’s sad."

"So, don’t take my word for any of this. Listen to them."

"And if you think being Gay is a choice, and you want to hide behind the Bible, show me the verse where God says being gay is a choice."

HERE IS THE ARTICLE

AND HERE IS THE VIDEO

I, AS A LESBIAN, AM FUCKING DISAPPOINTED IN YOU PEOPLE WHO ARE GIVING HIM SHIT.

IN THE VIDEO,

HE FUCKING SAYS “This video is about a kid who came out to his parents, and their… Their response was horrific.”

THIS MAN IS SOMEONE WHO CARES

AND THIS MAN IS SOMEONE YOU’RE HATING ON .

-

GET THE WHOLE FUCKING STORY BEFORE YOU DECIDE WHO YOU INSULT. AND, MOST OF ALL, JUST KEEP YOUR SHIT TO YOURSELF UNLESS YOU’RE 100% SURE YOU WANT TO SAY IT. 

/// rant over. 

I hate the way some people preach about equality and treating everyone with respect but it’s deemed perfectly okay to insult and judge every single white male there is out there just because he is white and male, without even knowing the person inside.

Double standards at its finest. 

The weirdest / worst part of this is that they jumped on him for a title of an article that was CLEARLY CUT OFF. Even if it would be the full title, that wouldn’t make any sense!

(Source: puking-platitudes, via orsouw)

tinycartridge:

Why we can’t have nice Miiverse things ⊟
Thanks to a glitch in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, 3DS owners were able to post any image saved on their system to the game’s online Miiverse community, instead of being restricted to uploading only in-game screenshots. What you’d expect happened this morning after the glitch was discovered: people posting photos of Kate Upton, lewd artwork of Samus and Peach, and shots of the best anime Cory in the House.
Admins eventually stepped in and deleted those posts, also turning off the screenshot-posting feature. Just going by this fiasco, I can see why Nintendo puts so many restrictions on the (kid-filled) social network in the first place..
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When you give people total freedom out of the blue, you can’t expect them to be adult about it.Like an article I once read about people of older ages getting access to internet, its like starting your life all over again. You need to “grow up” in this new life persona, your internet persona. 
So you`ll act like a kid, an idiot, an asshole and such, until you mature enough to act like an “adult”.Esp. when you have a young service like this, you can expect shit to hit the wall whenever the safetybars go off.

tinycartridge:

Why we can’t have nice Miiverse things ⊟

Thanks to a glitch in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, 3DS owners were able to post any image saved on their system to the game’s online Miiverse community, instead of being restricted to uploading only in-game screenshots. What you’d expect happened this morning after the glitch was discovered: people posting photos of Kate Upton, lewd artwork of Samus and Peach, and shots of the best anime Cory in the House.

Admins eventually stepped in and deleted those posts, also turning off the screenshot-posting feature. Just going by this fiasco, I can see why Nintendo puts so many restrictions on the (kid-filled) social network in the first place..

SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!

When you give people total freedom out of the blue, you can’t expect them to be adult about it.
Like an article I once read about people of older ages getting access to internet, its like starting your life all over again. You need to “grow up” in this new life persona, your internet persona. 

So you`ll act like a kid, an idiot, an asshole and such, until you mature enough to act like an “adult”.
Esp. when you have a young service like this, you can expect shit to hit the wall whenever the safetybars go off.

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Matthew 19:21 

In other words; I now have a copy of the Smash Demo