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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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:iconrunninkool:
runninkool Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
woww!! Thts a nice motivational song frm a hardcore guy!
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Teakster Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow - i love how short but there is so much truth in those words! :)
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MrPlaid81 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha! That was basically the gist at the Kubert school. To think, I could have gotten the sum wisdom of the school from a Henry Rollins song. "DO IT!" It did make me a better artist, but compounded my depression and lack of confidence.
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Tatong Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
I've been trapped on a dayjob thats eating up my psyche on drawing these days or theres a lot of stuff cramming in my head lately OR I have just become lazy or doubtful. Been observing a friend of mine for quite a long time now and all I can say is this is not a path were dreaming and hoping already counts, as I can see it's almost PURE HARD WORK and loving it at the same time.

thank you for this wonderful post, sir! :salute:
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank YOU for the reply. Pure hard work is right - but then everything worth doing usually is. :)
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mythrilgolem1 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
it's like yoda always said "do or do not, there is no try" :P
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Artist
And who are we to question Yoda? :)
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:iconvikthor:
VikThor Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
A million thanks, Liam! I really needed some inspiration tonight! :)
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Artist
Cool! Glad it helped! :)
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I tell kids all the time: Stop thinking so damn hard about it and just fucking do it.

Stop trying to get the line right and just draw. Stop trying to cover your bases and just run. Forget about where you're going and just focus on getting there. And fight. Fight. Fight. Persistence is half of talent. And fuck advice. Trust who you trust and leave the fucking rest. Listening to advice is half of what keeps kids from going anywhere, if you ask me. All that horseshit of "you do it this way or that." Fuck 'em and follow your gut. You'll never grow if you're too busy doing what other people tell you instead of doing what you need for yourself. It's a miserable loop to be caught in and it breeds mediocrity.
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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   Traditional Artist
Rock on Liam. It is that simple. Going to stop fighting myself. Cheers
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Artist
Excellent. Go for it!
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makjr Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011   Traditional Artist
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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:iconliamsharp:
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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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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:iconliamsharp:
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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