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So I had a pretty neat experience this morning
I had to go on a long train ride. As always, I bring some reading materials and my sketchbook. Soon enough I'm doodling, more specifically Candace and Stacy from Phineas and Ferb. Not really anything special, just doodles of them doing random stuff.
At the last stretch of the trip, I notice two boys standing near my seat. I am Not good at gauging age, but probably in the 10-12 years range. So I take off my headphones and address them. They say I'm good at drawing, I thank them. So far vrything is just nice and pleasant. Not th first time somethin like this has happened
But this is where things get a little different from usual.
Because all of a sudden, there were like six more kids. I'm guessing they were a class on a trip or something. They recognize the characters. They all seem quite impressed. One girl asks if I'm a youtuber too (I have no idea why she would ask that as a first thing, but it IS true). I answer yes, and before I can clarify that I am SUPER small (5K subs) and make very nerdy English language content she probably wouldn't care about, she actually lets out a movie-styl fangirl-esque squeal. Earpiercin stuff, but it's well meaning.
They tell their teacher/Guardian/whatever she is, and I end up having to hurriedly explain to her that no, I am not some kind of celebrity or big time professional, I just draw a lot and do it on long train rides and make videos at home.
At this point, I have to get off, and the kids actually say shit like "bye art/Youtube man", only half jokingly. I am a bit sad that this all happened like five minutes before my stop and I had a new sketchbook with me with barely any drawings at all. I don't mind showing them off when people ask on the occasions where people chat me up about it in public, and from my outdoor art sessions for town fairs and the classes I teach, I've found that kids react positively to all the cartoon/game Fanart I draw, and just the notion of me knowing som of this stuff in general. Adults that care about most any cartoon shows/games are, apparently, still rare around here, so it's exciting to them.
And the whole thing just made me think.
Now, The point of this story is not "funny thing happened" or "kids dunno anything". The point is, even if you don't think highly of your own work as a creative - you see it with very different eyes than most. Others will consider what you do fucking MAGIC.
A lot of you know me that and that I have a really bad tendency to.. .well, not consider myself very good. Hell, I feel like I missed the bus most of the time and as if any random sixteen year old on twitter is worth ten me's or I am just psychologically Incapable of Improvement, of creating or of achieving anything in life.
Basically, I am not kind to me.
But still, just from doodling some cute characters from a cartoon I like, I probably brightened about ten kids' day considerably. Because to them, I have some crazy kind of magic power that materializes drawings out of nothing.
And I remember thinking similarly a while back when I saw a dude writing music notes on his iPad and realizing I couldn't begin to comprehend how he was doing it, even if I could tell he was writing music.
Your/our work is magical to many, many more people than the one grumpy troll sitting around nitpicking at it all the time and telling you to stop trying.
I won't instantly learn this like some big lifechanging epiphany in one sweep.
But today it made me smile.
Yeah, that was a lot of sap, I know. But uh, for th sake of threads and conversations:
What are some out of nowhere wholesome moments you've experienced?
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That's awesome man! Daaaw, that's super cute, somethimg I wish I could have seen.
Yes, whether you like to believe it or not, you are pretty damn good my dude.
That is not what the therad said :p
That sounds like the kind of stuff that makes your day.
Glad to know this train travel was different from the other in a positive way, Esh.
I have considered you a good artist, not doubt you are levels above me, perhaps you should take this little expecience as a beginning to give some credit to yourself a bit more, just saying.
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Honestly, I am jealous.
It did. I am tird as hell right now, but still riding a little high off of it.
No, I most likely should. I am just not sur I have ever learned to consider much of anything I do worthwhile.>>979289
Oh, don't be. Ther's rally no need to.
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sleep if you need to.
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Flexible schedule, viking friend.
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Living the dream, then.
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You have got the most important asset: Time.
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oh my gosh esh <3 that was so sweet! i am so happy those kids enjoyed your work, and through their eyes you work was beautiful! and it is very important to remember that others see things differently, and that our art could be seen as Magic
i like to think of art as magic <3
>hugs and kajis <3
thank you so much for sharing this, it really made me feel warm and fuzzy today! you are wonderful!
it was a sweet moment to be sure. Like I said, a bit frustrated it had to happen so close to me having to leave.
Oh you hush yourself with that, am noooot
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are toooo!>hugs and kajis <3
Yeah get that positivity bread!
I too admirer drawers>>979289
I also admire computerers
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So, earlier today, I finally had a little time to kill. And with this encounter still in mind, I pretty much felt I HAD to finish the doodles that caused this happy little moment.
I did also doodle ISabella from the same show, but that wasn't on the train, and I didn't finish that one earlier. Still, here's Candace...
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Teaching a few of the new girls how to work in the kitchen was very wholesome for me.
I felt like the mama I want to be.
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That's pretty cool. You have fans now.
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Yes. Magical! I hope you are sufficiently inspired now.
Why thank you train kid.>>980301
Yaaaay, that's lovely!>>980302
Well I have had that for a while. This was mor of an unexpected instance.>>980327
Well it made me wanna work for a bit, so sure!
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Damn, look at that crisp style.
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Sounds like a heck of an experience, Esh!
It was a pretty nice time.
Like I said, it's not TOO unusual for someone to comment if they se me drawing on the train. It doesn't happen oftn, but it happens. But it suddenly being half a car full of kids was something else alright
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You're going to become a local celebrity yet!
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Local as in within the locality!
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That counts as local here!
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Then you'll just have to become a national sensation!
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>>980400>>980400>Have a bit of a hard time staying with those stick arms.
Not compatible with your style?
I am not personally convinced I HAVE a style of my own whatsoever.
But yeah, I keep wanting things to look a little more real than styles that go for more basic shapes. Which is also why he girls above have slightly more realistic torsos thant he more straight triangular shapes they are in the show.
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No problem with that, you add your own touch to the character.
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What are your thoughts on Modern Art?
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Which one do you like more, classic or modern art?
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Are you only into fan-art, comics, etc?
I bet museums are lovely there.