The people with the two screaming boys who liked to run into my yard and smack my car with sticks moved out.
Then the people with the three screaming children, a carousel of shouting boyfriends, and a constantly barking dog that attacked my landlady moved in and were subsequently kicked out.
Now a couple of new families have moved in, and their two year old daughter is out in the yard right next to my house, repeatedly screaming as loud as her lungs will go, for the past hour.
Is there anywhere I can go where there ARE no neighbors?
Anonymous asked: What motivates you to draw? I'm so intimidated by other artists (you, your sister gingerhaole, etc) that I've basically given up.
You should never, NEVER let other people’s art stand in the way of you making your own. Listen to me well, you and all other aspiring artists who feel this way: you are talking to the QUEEN of this emotion. Look who I have for a sister. She’s the best, and always has been, and it comes so naturally to her that it feel like she doesn’t try. If I let myself feel, for a second, that I shouldn’t even try because someone else was better than me, I would have never started drawing. There would have been no grade school superhero books, no comic strip appearing in my school newspaper, no clay toys, no silly tiki paintings, no Snap Crackle Pop.
My sister is amazing. She can do gorgeous, thrilling, astounding, emotional, beautiful pieces without a blink, things I could never do in a hundred thousand years. But you know what? I’m fucking funny. I’m whimsical. I’m cute. I come up with ideas that are all my own, monsters and puffers and wisecracks and nonsense poetry and paintings of whatever makes me happy. That’s what I can do, and no one else can do it.
This is what makes me keep going, even though there are thousands of artists who will always be better than me (one of whom I grew up with, shared the chicken pox with, had mud fights with, and shared a bath with after), even though someone will always be more talented, more popular, funnier, prettier, cooler, more hip…
The world needs what ONLY YOU can do. The world needs YOUR VOICE. Only you can tell your story, as you see and feel it. Only you can show the world what’s in your soul, and allow them to love it.
It’s not about technical skill when it comes to creating. Skill helps, and it’s a job, and you will improve, but it’s not about that. How many people know who Charlie Brown is? Thousands could draw better than Schultz with no arms or right foot. It’s about your voice, it’s about your ideas, it’s about the story you tell, the art you make, the spirit you put out into the world. Let those people who intimidate you inspire you instead. Let them drive you to improve, let them help you make goals, let them remind you that your style is yours, only yours, and it is your beautiful fingerprint.
We need you. Never, not ever, should you give up. Take it from me.
Louis Prima’s “Sing Sing Sing” versus Usher’s “Yeah”.
How is it that this works? Because it so does.