Friday, December 16, 2005
The Year In Review
My best wishes to all of you out there, as these over commercialized holidays are upon us. I am going to take a break from the blog until the 26th, the scribblettes will continue non-stop on a daily basis, now allow me to reflect on this past year and what lies ahead. (I smell a long tirade coming)
This has been an amazing year for me in more ways than one. If self expression is the ultimate goal of any artist, this blog is my broadcast station for that expression, to the world outside of my filthy basement. Ideally the artist does what he/she does for his/her own fulfillment and personal growth but can always benefit from having a receptive audience, I remain extremely grateful for your patronage and attention, you are the best audience I could ever hope to have because most of you are artists or art students. I have already made my resolution for 2006, that is to draw more and to enjoy life, music and art to the fullest without hurting myself or others in the process, not an easy task let me assure you.
Thank you once more for buying the books, for visiting me at the conventions, for reading my stupid rants and for looking at my dooddles here, on this blog. Being an independent artist is very rewarding but never easy; to be able to open my big mouth and say: "Fuck you, I'm doing what I want" is a beautiful thing that comes at a cost, (as anything worth owning does) I'm the furthest thing from a martyr, I don't suffer for my art enough, but people connected to me sometimes have to endure unnecessary crap. It would stand to reason that everyone with half an original thought should be allowed the freedom to create on his/her own terms and to share his/her creations with the world but society has different plans, the younger you are, the harder it is to "do what you want" and make an honest living from it, don't be discouraged though, this may sound like an old cliché because it is, you may need to suck on the corporate tit, that is understandable, I will never begrudge anybody for procuring a better life for themselves but do take care of your personal projects as well, don't neglect the stuff that you feel passionate about, don't let them classify you and label you this or the other, if you seek artistic independence be prepared to pay the cost that financial independence unjustly demands of you, don't become a fanboy, a celebrity watcher, make ART the celebrity, make ART your supreme reality, set aside time to do what you truly want, explore, take pride and rejoice in the fact that you are an ARTIST, you are different than the average Joe, you've been given the greatest gift of all: to be able to see and experience things in a different way, YOUR WAY. (end of rant)
Have a fantastic and prosperous new year, and for god's sake sketch daily, it's good for you!
Feliz Navidad a todos y a todos, buenas noches.