For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a little backround:
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the arts. I grew up dreaming of being a cartoonist/animator. My sytle is geared towards manga/anime and so during my high school years, I had my eyes set on going to an art school after I graduate (Seattle Art Institute to be exact). However, my parents were against it, and forced me to go to a 4-year institute. I attended WWU, had $10,000 in debt (on top of school loans), lost my spirituality, and dropped out after 2-3 years. I was a broken man. Those were the darkest years of my life. Everyday I woke up to a deep depression, and desperately wanted to commit suicide. I did some horrible things to live; things that I couldn’t say. Often times I didn’t have money for gas or food. I sold everything I had except my bike and computer so I wouldn’t be homeless.
Lesson learned: Don’t let anyone rob you of your dreams.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not blaming my parents entirely for my misfortune. I was at fault for most of those things, but I had a passion that I wanted to pursue, and they didn’t let me. Now I’m just back on my feet after 5 years. I’m working retail and hate every minute of it. It’s a job to pay the bills and such, but I have/had a dream for a long time. I will pursue it. This time, I won’t let anyone stop me. Not even myself. There’s a long road ahead, but if I stay consistent, I think I’ll reach my goals of making a living doing something I love. And that is drawing.
I don’t want to be a cartoonist/animator anymore, as there is little creative freedom involved with being one. I put some thought into after working on my very first ‘manga’. It was more of a practice run. It was done 8 months ago, which was the last time I held a pencil, but I’m serious this time. I have so many ideas for a good graphic novel, it’s driving me nuts. For the time being I lack professional skill. Doodling every couple of months isn’t going to make one a success. So I am back for good this time. I’m going to be more consistent, drawing everyday.
This thread will be here for my own reference, but feel free to visit anytime. All of my works are going to be featured in this thread. After a few months, I hope I’ll notice a huge improvement in my precision. It’ll be satisfying to say to myself, ‘hey you are so much better than you were xx weeks/months ago’. After 5 years, I hope I’ll be good enough to really start taking my ideas, putting them on paper, and doing my vision some justice.
I know it’s silly, but thanks for taking the time out to read about one mans hope. So without further delay, here is my last known project (my first real stab at sequential art 8 months ago):