Yes- another true story. Artists can be so sensitive! Here’s the thing. Jeff’s opinion matters to me. Sometimes, I make it matter too much. Sometimes, I rely on him to the exclusion of my own voice. It’s a form of cowardice that isn’t fair to either of us. I’m working on it.
The other day I was feeling a touch despondent about my comics. Nothing too serious. I think it’s the kind of thing most artists experience from time to time. I said to Jeff, “Is it worth it? Does it mean anything? Should I just give up?”
He said, “DON’T GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UP!”
Turns out that was the exact thing I needed to hear. After all he is the one that has to put up with me drawing all the time. He is the one that has to hear my ideas and try to “help”. For him to vehemently tell me to never give up instilled in me a much needed confidence.
Today’s comic was the first one in a long time that I didn’t run by Jeff before finishing. I didn’t want him to have a say in it, this one time. Before scanning to post, I showed it to him. He laughed. He didn’t tell me to scrap it nor did he tell me it was my best one yet. He laughed and handed it back and asked, “What comic are you drawing next?”
Until next toon,