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I've had this entry swimming in my head for a while now, mostly because I get the impression most of my watchers are younger then me (Which is wonderful! I love all 60+ of you, seriously, that's awesome). I just wanted to, as the title says, tell you all what no one told me.

During my last year in undergrad, I under took a thesis project about a particularly dark time in my life. It was, to date, the hardest thing I've ever accomplished. As a result, I was becoming close to obsessed with the concept of 'perfection'. I knew I wanted to pursue grad school, and was convinced everything I did had to eventually go into my portfolio. I fretted over every cut paper, every drop of ink, every screen. It got to the point I wouldn't work in fear of something coming out wrong. My mentor at the time told me the pieces I was producing, while good, were missing something. I couldn't understand it, and that with the added pressure of graduation and my final portfolio review, locked me into a stand still.

Our final review involved a fifteen minute presentation showcasing our body of work and what we hoped to move forward with. I sat back, and just wrote it all out, from my fears regarding my work, to my perfection complex, and my depression as a result. It was then I finally got it.

Every single piece you've ever produced, from the smallest thumbnail to the grandest painting, would never have existed had you not thought of it. Everything you produce is precious and sacred, if only to you. It is your mark, and your own perfection. Even if no one ever sees it, even if it becomes buried in a pile of paper. It exists because of you. It was a feeling of revelation and relief. I was no longer afraid.

It's cliche, but the best advice I can ever give you is never stop working. Every day make something. Even if it's just a scribble in your notes, or a quick five minute digital color test. It's important, and it's your own. No one will ever be able to take that from you. It's perfect.

If any of you ever need advice, help, critiques, anything. I can always make time. I struggled for too long without the guidance I needed and want to do my best to help those if only to avoid the wasted months I suffered when I was younger.

Best Always


Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I'm a professional who gets bored with the whole "professional" thing. So I draw ponies in my spare time.


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CindryTuna Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Hello~ I've been looking at your commissions and thought you might be interested in entering my contest,
It's simple and the prizes aren't half bad.

Thanks for reading this >w<
I really love your soft colouring! ;w;
xhilla Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your gallery looks magnificent <3
prettypixelations Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
My, your artwork is a sight! Is there any chance you would consider a trade?
LilyPaints Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Unfortunately I just don't have time for trades right now :( I do take commissions though if your interested. Thanks for your interest though!
prettypixelations Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
No harm no foul, was worth a swing. Will likely commission you in the near future. Thanks for the quick response!
aNIGHTLYpony Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Welcome to :icondeviantbronieselite: ! we hope you will enjoy our group and all we have to offer. feel free to invite your friends too~!

If there are any questions please read our FAQ [link] , else you can always contact me or the other admins for help. ^.^

Cheers and enjoy your stay!
OpalAcorn Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks for watching me :heart:
jazz211 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconpinklilyplz:Welcome to #Jolly-Adopts:iconpinklilyplz:
Please enjoy your stay and remember to read the rules!
~Founder ~jazz211/~Jazzybirdadopts
Qpixzy Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice draws. When Do you takes requests...? :)
LilyPaints Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!

I don't really take requests right now (strictly commissions) but I certainly take recommendations if there is anything specific you'd like to see!
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