I’ve had more than a few people ask me when they’re perusing my Killeroo comics and artwork samples, why it is that I haven’t drawn those comics myself?
The answer is fear.
Fear of not having my work stand up to scrutiny.
Fear that I’m not as skilled as other artists.
Fear of the blank page.
It’s taken me a long time to realise that these fears are COMPLETELY NORMAL.
The choice you have when confronted by fear is whether you:
a. Let it stop you in your tracks, OR
b. Forge ahead regardless
It is a FACT that I’m not as skilled as other artists.
Why is this? It’s because when these other artists were first faced with this very same fear, they said “Fuck it. I’m going to draw comics ANYWAY.”
Were these first comics they made any good? Most likely, no they weren’t.
But through the process, they began to learn what worked, and what didn’t. What panels looked good, and told the story well, and what panels didn’t. Their knowledge of anatomy improved.
Rather than being intimidated by what other artists had done, they began to study these works analytically. Observed the choices THEY made in storytelling, their panel layouts, and then adopted those things they admired into their OWN work.
Each panel you draw, every page completed, every finished comic you make – makes you a BETTER artist and storyteller.
But you’ve got to start first.
This is something that’s taken me 15 YEARS to learn. That’s an awful long time to live in fear, a lot of WASTED time.
I’m starting now.
I’ve got help and support from my friends and associates, and I’m not wasting another second.
Don’t make the mistake I made.
Don’t live in fear.