I am an artist. As a matter of fact, I am an Illustrator. An Illustrator uses a single piece to tell a story. Any artist can paint a landscape, but an Illustrator can bring it to life and tell the story of it’s location, history and more. It’s been a year since I’ve been out of college, and I’ve grown a lot as an artist.
Recently, I applied to get a table at an art festival, and was denied. I had done everything they wanted, had a book of my comics, kept a consistent website, and branded myself well.
Why didn’t I get in? Turns out I don’t have enough experience. It’s not cause I’m a bad artist, it’s cause I’m not in my 30s, even though this festival supports new and emerging talent. Then again, that talent had to be trying really hard the past couple years.
Also, I was told that I was an Illustrator, not a comic artist. Turns out that even though I learned from a teacher who worked on the Spawn comics and MAD magazine, and studied personally with him for a year developing my comic DrawnOut and leaning storyboarding, that I’m not really a comic artist, I’m an Illustrator, and Illustrators can’t tell stories through a sequence of panels.
So let’s see, I can work hard, be the best comic artist I can be, and I won’t get in next year, cause I’m still just this fresh faced stupid 22 year old right out of high school, who has two webcomics, is illustrating a kids book (which is a story told through a sequence of panels) and has work for podcasts, rap artists and commissioners online. I am merely an Illustrator.
Or am I wrong about this?
DrawnOut is available as a book from Blurb! Click the link to check it out. Contains original artwork you won’t find online.
Scribbles is available as a book on Blurb! Visit the link to check it out!
"In Winter" (FROZEN Parody Song) by Tyler Mann
Get The Song For FREE Here: https://tylermann.bandcamp.com/track/in-winter-parody
Lyrics available on the Bandcamp link
The role of any artist is to be constantly kept on their toes. I admit that there are many things I am not that good at drawing, but which I’d love to improve upon. It’s not enough to pick a few things and draw them because I am at the mercy and stupidity of my own brain.
As an artist I beg of anybody who follows me to accept this: CHALLENGE ME. I think I’ll just leave it at that.
I look forward to hearing from people. Art will be posted here.