A lot of the time when I read the stories of others; be they short stoires, crime fiction novels, pulp re-inactiments, news articles, there is a closet motif I have noticed from these publications. Some of the things that are said give wonderful insights to the author and or a said group and how they think of the world.
When I read the writings of others I am thankful that we remain in a free country and have the right to say what we feel or believe. Sometimes I am surprised by what comes out of the mouths of others, but I do try to respect the fact that they are allowed to say what they want. If they say something offensive I must remember that there words neither shape my world or my view of myself, lest I allow it. I only allow it when I begin to believe it.
This is the spirtual warfare we have been waging in America for quite some time. It is half the reason I don't like psychologists or those that have made a profession of studying the mind, and how people think. Those that have made a study have a tendency to put people in catagories and take away an indivudals signularty of thought because he has heard from time to time the same things from a wide source of people and believes the cure all stands upon the numbers of people the create a group of like mineded individuals opposed to really dealing with the issue; he or she the psycologist, will just say, "You are fine, we have a word for you, this is your condition, live with it."
The truth is what comes out of our mouths should help shape the world we live in, Not degrade it or make it less than what it is. We should never justify how the world has sought to emasculate men and determine a, "HE-MAN" is an archaic view of man, till you want that same man, to build you a city of liberation. There are rules to finding peace and liberty, yet there are some authors and thinkers and speakers that will say something that makes me think to myself, did they really mean that?
For example Rush Limbaugh is quoted in saying, "America has not been Great since the 1950's"
He bashed MaCain cause he spoke agianst Nationalism; and he blames, "The Estabilishment", (Funny words to descirbe Democrates and Non-conformist like the Independant Parties) That is our system in America since the beginning of Democracy in this country. Nationalist-Republican Reds vs. The Establishment Democratic Blues and Indepandent Grey Coats who because they never say a word, lose all position in party politics to the winning team, which, since The end of the Second World War has been the Establishment. (That is of course, according to the Nationalist sympathizer Limbaugh, who has no more proof of that statement, then I do, that Obama & Walmart alone was the reason for the death of the labor markets in this country).
Limbaugh is allowed to make conclusions that boggle the mind, what he is not allowed to do is try to make people believe that one party has been finding ways to bring down the country and that polocies as old as the 1950's is the solution to our problems. Limbaugh never lived in the woods with those families that could not pay there bills and where given the cold shoulder by there Great America. No one hates America, as he suggested of the Democrates. Any more than does a Republican hate or bless America any better than a Democrate, as I have seen it, the fact that no one can come up with a solution besides falling back on the mentality of the 50's, where it was dog eat dog, and civil liberties where non-existant; they should keep there mouths closed; Without the technology we have today, we would be back in the 50's for real. He really suggested the 50's was good for mankind. How many of us where born in the 50's. I was not and I be damned if I am made to go back in time cause some old geezer lost his ratings amoungst the younger, faster, wiser generation of Millienuals that will not work in some grease dump, grind mill of life to make it in the world of the 21st century!
I am tired of being called a Millenual like it is a bad thing. Are you serious, if It was not for men and women like me, you would not have anyone to give your worthless I-phone too, cause they would not know how to use it.
He is such a dweeb! A real hypocrite and does not need to speak for anyones party ever again!
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At least that was what I was led to believe as a child growning up.
Now that I am a grown man, I have come to find Books=Influence.
People go so far as to determine only what they say to be fact; only what they say to be true, even if what they say could be as fictious as the books that they write.
So how do we determine what is true and what is imagined? Using the same dew decimal system that the library of congress uses to seperate Non-fiction from Fiction.
What is the difference? That is like asking what is the difference between Capitalism and Communisim or What is the difference between Liberation and Freedom. What is the difference between Free speech and speaking evil?
That last question is the answer between Non-fiction and Fiction. When we are growning up those that are older tell us what is right and wrong, from there experiances and we, the younger generation are exprected to hold certian traditions in order to uphold truth. When we don't hold to traditions we are subject to falter and to speak fcitions as Non-ficition because we did not go through what our elders did. This ignorance leads us to create phantoms of truth and fall into the same pits as those before us and that is why there are no new stories. That is why Hollywood can only rehash the same plot lines. That is why the sounds of orchastras can not come up with anything beyond Bethoveens O'd to Joy when expressing infamy for there is only one truth. There is only one way to describe good and evil.
Many of us seek to believe there is a grey area in which we can live, a world in which amoral means are just as good as moral means and this philosphy is what created the feudal era's; a time in which America has never seen because we sought to always be above those lines of thought. We understood good and evil and we understood it because we had a firm foundation in what was true and what was false. What works and what does not work. It is when a society sets out to claim that their history was made up by liers and that there could have been an alternate reality from what we are living in, that creates a confusion and disunity in the minds of the people and a civil strife.
I walked into Walmart and was concerned that there are no good new books. That the New York bestseller was "Fifty Shades of Grey!" Those that read it could have sworn it was a new idea and something wonderful. Yet if they knew the history of Grey and Marquie de Sade they would have realized how old the stroy really is and how far from it being a plausible piece of diction or applicable in an American society. Escpecially a society set upon rules of law that determine we uphold a standard and saftey for our children. But maybe people really do like dreaming of love from a selfish source and think it is ok to use people, that slavery is ok in any sense of the word. Does not make it true.
I wanted to reiterate this line of thinking because through my work I am hearing a lot of things that disturbe me.
I give advice to people. I hear the tone of others and it seems people are disheartened because no one is takiing them seriously or because they don't take themselves seriously.
We are told it is not the product that sells or generates money. It is the loudest person in the room.
That is true.
If you are presenting work and no one is taking interest it is because you are not presenting enough and do not precieve yourself to be "SELF-MADE" enough to produce.
I do not work for a corporate and I think that is great. Only when we do work for a corporate then our checks are garuenteed. That is what people like, gaurentees of pay.
We present our art work, thinking someone will like it because we like it. We know deep down that is no one pays for it, then they don't like it! We have this idea that green backs mean we are worth somethning and everything we produce has to have a political angle and it if does not then we are not relevent.
That thought has to stop. Art has it's our relevancy becuase the stories that are generated by the artists are relevant.
Those that do the work thought it was enough simply to do it, Thus they are relevant and should be heard. Should be seen and this is why we are thankful for NG. They give us that space to become relevant.
The moment you begin to feel your line of work is not reaching the right ear or an idea is just not surfacing around the right people. Then you are missing the point. Those that you are trying to impress with your work, your words, your prose, your ART, are in the same boat as you. Seeking relevance, none of them are any more richer or poorer than yourself because there money is depandant upon your feeling of relevance.
Case in point Michel Jordans Shoes. Can you imagine what used to be worth 100.00 a pop and kids used to shoot eachother over is not in Walmart for 20.00 or less. Why? cause Jordan is broke, he lost is sponsers that have seen he is no longer relevant, Everything he did has become the past and unless someone comes around and has something new to share, then what. Well his shoes will remain worthless as they were when they first came out.
Now that logo, "Jump Man!" will live forever in my heart, I want to know the man that created that image and how much he got paid. Did he use NG? probably not, but he was relevant. Maybe it was not a man, maybe it was a woman. Who cares, the point it is, that image was what helped to sell Jordan. It was the Art and the commercials, it was people that viewed themselves as a buisness not buisness men that changed the world.
I look at all of my peices and blush everytime.
I blush from the this feeling of love that starts in my toes. I love every character and every thought associated with the expression. I love the freedom associated with that expression and wonder how many others feel that way after they post of a piece of themselves for the world to see.
It took me 3 years to finish a lot of what you see and I am not so arrogant to say that something could not be fine tuned. It is the idea that I am after. I want to know after an idea has been illustrated who can capitalize on top of it. I would love to speak through art only. Never have to use a word only express how I feel through the motion of the art piece. To me that would be taking Pitctionary to a whole new hieght.
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So I have not done it yet, but the more I think about it, the more I want to work with a digital program for some of my artistic ideas. Render in a stetch through pen and polish it with a digital medium. The only problem are the people around me that say I should get a real job.
That art will never pay your rent and it is a waste.
I wonder if that is how writers and poets and musicians feel. That the years of schooling to learn a meduim was a waste. Sigh....I sigh heavy because everything I have worked for, years of thoughts and ideas have fallen on deaf ears and little studio time. I suppose with friends like mine who needs enemies right.
We have morphed into a socitey that feels one's occupation is only worth the green it is printed on and I wonder if the world of the arts will become like the national parks or 4th of july back yard barbeques, "you won't know what you've got till it is gone, a big back yard turned into a paved parking lot."
How should a person feel when they ask you to look at there work; be art, prose, written songs, the arts. They ask you to look at there work and for you to give them feedback. You the older artist or a little more inclined to give an opionin tell that person their work is Amaturish at best. Yet turn around and say, "Will you pay me to redo it?"
With a straight face mind you. Why would an artist want to do the work of another artist. Why would an artist steal the ideas of someone's art that Amaturish. How could you make, "better the ideas of something that has already been produced?" Oh wait that has been the argurment of Marvel and DC for years. That has been the argument of Image and Vintage Comics for years. That is how rivaleries are developed. One company tells the other I can do it better because you are Amaturish at best. Well I am not sure if any of them asked each other to pay eachother for ideas or sketches.
That is what happened to me the other day. An unknown artist came up to me and said, "Your stuff is Amaturish at best, will you pay me to re-do it?" All in one line. I had to tell him no. I am under the firm opinion that what one man does not appreciate, another will. What one man does not pay for, Another will. I can't wait for someone to come up with a story board of my work and say they had the idea first. If I don't get paid through my own merit. That is what the courts are for. Certainly not above getting paid by any means necassary. Especially when it comes to buying and selling ideals. I tell people all the time to come up with there own ideas. We are taught from a young age not to plaguris, yet that is all I see. Regurgitatingly Mimiced Ideas. Not a single person trying to buy into innovation and calling someones art Amaturish while at the same time wanting permission to resale and idea that they never thought of. Begs the question, "If my Art is so Amaturish where did you get the Inspiration to even look at it, let alone want to draw what I drew or want to speak on what I spoke on, as if to claim you can draw too?"
When I run across people like that, That take me back to highschool in there presentation I have to walk away because I am trying to elevate in life, not repeat faliures or walk down empty culdsacs looking for something out life. That is what that man, can't call him an artist, reminds me of, an aimless walker. A leach, one that calimed to be have been artist for a long time. I claim him to have been a theif for a long time. An uninspired thief with no imagination, only a double forked tounge trying to sell dreams to a dreamer.
Have they not seen from my work that I am the "Dream Weaver" who has a stroke of genius someone aught to pay for. I mean everyline. If there was not something to it, then surely this unknown aritist would have looked the other way, instead he asked permission to take my work and call it his own. How interesting.
I was reviewing one of my posts. I had it in the art section. It was about comics, to comparrison in one story verses another. There were a few that did not like the post. I supposed it was because they did not view comics as art. they did not place the dedication needed for comic and creative draft to be in the same line of work as say, an Artist.
I am confused. When we look at animation, creative writing, technical drafts and spreading a digital desgin. Do we not see the creation of some of the greatest Anthologies. Do we not see the possibilites of giving a story life through graphic desgin as ART?
I guess not when somone comes up to me and says what does comics have to do with art? What does Anime have to do with art? what does Invader Zim have to do with art? Well considering it is bad art from most standards and will never see the likes of a museum I suppose it is not art, by any classical standards. Yet it generated and developed a collobarative mindset that few can say they achieved through going to an arts academy. It inspired Pokemon Go and how many of you can tell me you have not played it. It inspired https://www.amazon.com/Flight-One-Kazu-Kibuishi/dp/0345496361 which I really recommend illustrators and ARTIST's alike to read to help broaden there perspectives when it comes to the conversation of what is art. To learn what this man and his wife had to do to make a theme fly, how well it flew in just a few years and how it is influenceing your children and modern media weather we like it or not.
A lot of you would not consider this art as well huh? Maybe because you do not like the message, does not change the fact that it is art. That it is here, That it is considered the best we can produce in 2017,
Now if this is not art and I should not be upset that people have come to enjoy it...them please tell me what is ART and why have these story lines and illustrations so entranced us as readers and or creative thinkers?
This was a portriat I did of my son. I even made a short script, that I have yet to complete. A lot of personal feeling behind being a father that is not able to be there for his child.
In short my life has been complicated and art has been a refuge.