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Just F**king Do It!

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 7, 2011, 2:00 AM


When I was putting together my most recent art book 'Dead Apes in the Snow', which is pretty much a retrospective and features a lot of my work that's up here on DA - www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/… - I wanted to write something for aspiring artists that was honest, to the point, and not anodyne. But the harder I tried the less true it seemed. The reality is that there is no secret way in, you just - well - you just have to fucking do it! This was the text that made it into the book. I know it sounds simple, and nothing is that easy (as the text says, it's a long, harsh and difficult road!) but there really is no easy answer, no fast-track into the trade. It's hard work, a bit of talent and a lot of luck. Everything else anybody will tell you is just advice. This is the only true answer.

JUST FUCKING DO IT.

Nobody gives you a hand up.
There are no easy answers, and there is no back stage pass.
If you can't see that your art needs work – and it always needs work – then you may as well stop right now.
You want to know how to get into the industry?

Just fucking do it.

Along the way you'll be told about light and dark.
Don't forget to draw the damn feet.
Ink like this, with a brush.
No, that's old-school.
Nobody draws like that now.
Look at this guy!
Read this stuff!
That's a bunch of sell-out crap.
You want to be honest, or a real artist?
You want to know what you really aught to do?
There'll be detractors and pimps, users, abusers, and the you'll walk the long walk before peer and competitor, friend and fan – and, oh, the scorn of the fan if you don't serve them the goods that they demand!
You'll be alone, and you'll be searching for wood in the forest.
How do we do it?

We just fucking do it.

Don't pretend. Don't kid yourself.
You're up against the most amazingly versatile creators alive today – the guarded old pros eyeing the hungry young.
You have to draw whatever the hell you are asked to draw, and right now. There's no time to think about it. You have to act.
And you had better love drawing more than you love drawing what you love drawing.
And remember:

Just fucking do it.

There's no state holiday at the end of every long-haul gig.
Promises will be made and broken.
Sure bets will stumble over hastily painted finishing lines.
There will never be enough time.
But if you want to sing in picture form;
play in realms it is ours and ours alone to play in;
meld the twin languages of image and word into two dimensional sequences that can be more than the sum of their parts.
If you want to try and make your mark;
break out;
reinvent yourself and the whole damn medium
– and hell! Why not?
Well, you know what I'm going to say:

Just fucking do it.

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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Artist
There you go.
I love how so many people have got into the spirit of using the 'F' word in this thread! When used well it's a tool in itself! :)
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm a film guy. Can't be helped.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Artist
:)
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makjr Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Rock on Liam. It is that simple. Going to stop fighting myself. Cheers
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Artist
Excellent. Go for it!
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makjr Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
will do:)
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AlejandroIsAMinotaur Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
YES SIR!
Wow... I took a week off work to dedicate my time to finish personal projects, so this literally could not have come at a better time.

Thanks, Liam! You're a fucking legend.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Artist
Go for it! Hope it's a GREAT productive week! :)
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DreamsxofxPain Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Just fucking do it! These word will destroy those not ready for the task at hand. But if you choose to live for your craft these word will lift you up and you should look in the mirror and truely tell yourself "Just fucking do it!" Noone else will. ONLY YOU.
-Bravo Mr Sharp for giving the masses the boot in the ass alot of us need.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank you. It's something I also need to tell myself from time to time! :)
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