Illustration Highlight: Reflection
Sometimes the magic that feels so out of reach has been with you all along. You just haven’t stopped to to noticed.
A girl is looking down by the pond enjoying the reflection of the starry sky. It’s night time but it’s not one of those dark settings to be afraid of. The darkness is a comforting one, not one to be afraid of. Although the sky is typically observed by looking upwards, the girl has taken the time to appreciate the same sky from a different perspective.
We are all guilty of always looking up enviously at things that are out of reach. Whether it’s defined by a bigger number or material possession, we all experience jealousy and feel a little bit bad about ourselves. Although it’s very natural to compare ourselves to others, it’s important to change that mindset and to stop looking up and to reflect on things within our grasp.
I used to be that person who admired other artists’ work and feel that such a high level of skill would be unobtainable for myself. Art was just a hobby to me. I never went to art school and I didn’t really know what I was doing. Many of my friends went to school for animation and learned to do what I wish I could. This fed my insecurities and made me feel that I was incredibly far behind in skill and experience. I couldn’t help but feel that it was too late for me to be a professional artist.
The more I talked to other artist, the more I realized that no one really knows what they are doing. Being lost and confused is just part of the learning process. I was watching an interview with highly accomplished artist who explained that when he started, he had no clue how to paint realistic portraits or create dynamic landscapes. Now he’s an artist at Blizzard but was only able there through hours and hours of practice and commitment.
This interview was a turning point for me. After watching the interview, I actually believed that I could get there, too, if I put in my time and practiced. I realized that there was no point in comparing myself to someone that had put in 10,000 hours into their craft when I had only put in 1,000. I spent the majority of my life convinced I would never create the level of art needed to work at places like Disney or Blizzard so it took a little bit of time for these new feelings to sink in. It really was mind blowing to realize that the only thing that was stopping me from working towards a higher level of art was my own mindset.
I’m not working for Disney and I’m by no means an expert but, I think I’m doing pretty well compared to last year and I’m ok with that. I’ll eventually get there if I keep improving little by little.