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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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:iconfumblequill:
fumblequill Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I should have this printed on my wall. =)
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Artist
I have it tattooed on the inside of my eyelids... ;)
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Vetro3 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
You're on a roll bro!! Love your last two posts.
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Artist
Glad to hear it. :)
Truth is I've been so busy I've not had time for journals. Just wanted to reconnect with everybody here while I have a (brief) window. Glad it's gone over well!
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zyphryus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
AMEN!!!!
Just fucking do it!

*gonna go paint now.*
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Good! :-)
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MrTuke Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I would provide a lengthy exclamation, but the last 2 journals of yours really robbed me for time so...Tootles! :sprint:
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Ha ha! Fair enough mate! Tootle-oo!
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mravenger Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
these words hit home to me man! when i get out of uni im gonna just fucking do it till my hand bleeds
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
LOL! Good luck! :)
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mravenger Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
shit that sounds very rude but i didnt mean it like that XD
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hde2009 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Right on! Truer words have never been spoken! Nobody gets anywhere in this game without putting the work in!

...

Now. Gizza job?

;)
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
:b
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hde2009 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Eh. I had ta try.

:ashamed:
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Ha ha ha! Absolutely! :)

And in the spirit of the post!
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Asarea Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're so f*** right with this :) got myself into serious business this year and that's just the thing. One of the best feelings is getting into bed after a day of hard work and you loved every single second if it :)
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
:)

It's the only way!
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm to do some fucking then!!!
...wait, no , I may have mixed up a bit =P
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Bwahaha! Well, that can't hurt either. :)
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
"just fucking do it !!" -right? :D
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Yup. Doing it right is advised. ;)
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Grafight Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
I appreciate folks like yourself, already on top of the game and in a sure course to becoming a living legend, to take the time to inspire the rest of us.

JFD! truer words were never spoken. Many have echoed that sentiment over the years. We should all go back to our childhood and remember how we learned to swim or ride a bike. No matter how well people explain to you the dynamics of keeping afloat or balancing on 2 wheels. You GOTTA get on that bike or jump into the water!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
THAT is the PERFECT follow up. Ultimately we learn everything for ourselves. :)
Thank you.
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keight Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Yup.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
:)
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keight Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
You can even work around the years you give being a parent and spending more time than you ever dreamed not being able to draw/paint/whatever because of family health/life challenges. That's when rebuilding connections and networking gets to be real fun. You may even find yourself mentoring the young guns whose "teachers" never taught them the basics of art.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
It's one of the nice aspects - rebuilding old connections, seeing or talking to old friends that share those passions. There's a lot of good here, much to enjoy, but work bloody hard and be persistent you must! :)
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keight Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Darn straight!
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jhames34 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahhh, the opposite of MY essay for aspiring artists: "Just give up, dude, you can't even draw ankles!!"
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
There is always that option, yes. I've considered it once or twice myself... ;)
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jhames34 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha ankles will be the death of us all
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Ramah-Palmer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
"And you had better love drawing more than you love drawing what you love drawing."

Love that line. :)


Inspiring words, Liam. Thanks.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
:) I was worried I might be putting people off...
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:iconphiq:
phiq Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Ridley Scott says the same thing. Sometimes wisdom is pretty simple.
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johnbecaro Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
INSPIRING! Thank you for posting this. :thumbsup:
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
I hope so! That was the intent. You just have to get on with it... :)
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JosephLSilver Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a simple rule, with a simple application. But so very hard for so very many....
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Indeed. But it's the only true answer! I can honestly think of no other! Everything else is just advice... :)
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WavingMonsterStudios Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah its the only answer to give. Absolutely. I think you'll like this one...

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence and Determination.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent"
- Calvin Coolidge
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Guy after my own heart. :)

Cheers M! x
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WavingMonsterStudios Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah thought that would appeal :) xx
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
You thought right! :) xx
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SeanE Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh..."dead apes in the snow"... I've been warcking my brains for *weeks* trying to think of something like that for an art book of my own and the best I've come up with is a lameass "Beyond the Lines"

got any more like"dead apes et al..." in your mind that I can swipe...errr... use?...?! :)
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Alien Sex-Bomb Encounters?
Ass-cold in Alex?
Axe Death and Other Adventures?
The Spoils of the Mind?

I like Beyond the Lines actually... :)
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SeanE Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm...you're better at this than I am... I used 'Beyond...' for my first portfolio book of coloured stuff and so other than 'Beyond...book 2' I've come up with nothing.

I like 'Spoils of the Mind' and "Axe Death..." though! :) Pity I used the coloured Death Dealer I'd done a few years ago in the first book ([link] - nat jones/rich bonk) as that'd have made a good cover pic for the "Axe Death.." title! :P
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Ah, nobody cares if there's the odd repeated image mate... :)
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battlereaper Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Well said.
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
There's no easy answer! :)
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SeclusionStudios Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Truer words were never spoken.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Artist
:)
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