To me, whatever a person draws, writes, etc., is simply the physical representation of a piece of themselves and of their hearts. I think thats why it hurts so much when somebody says something unnecessarily mean about a piece that you're created (not talking about constructive criticism here). When I was in college, there was a lecturer who repeatedly bashed anime and manga as a genre. He was obviously ignorant of it and simply wanted to maintain his realm where anything which could be called art had to be declared so by him. I nearly flunked the course simply because he didn't like my style, regardless of what other lecturers said. For quite some time I simply stopped drawing altogether because I felt like I couldn't because "he said so".
Slowly I started doodling again, but its been difficult to rebuild that passion I had before. But I'm getting there again slowly and the post Jin made simply made me realize once again that its not worth changing yourself and who you are for the sake of others. You need to simply be yourself because there will always be somebody who thinks you're not up to their standards. Ignore those who say you're not good enough and choose instead to keep moving forward towards your own personal goal.
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