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I am 34 years old. I am thrice a college student. I eat plenty of cheese throughout my week...and I am doing all this while a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!

Actually I'm living quite comfortably in Upstate New York and I am currently going through a 30 year old crisis (I can't say mid life because that means I'm done at 60, no thank you!)

I AM happily married and am currently using my GI Bill to help fund my dalliance with college (and I'm making it fun).

If you haven't read my journal entry, I'll let you know that I have been into art since I can remember, my first and favorite movies are pretty much all Disney movies (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Hercules) and I am a huge Walt Disney fan (though I have very little decorations or Disney items to prove it; maybe it's more the idea behind Walt and his Magical Kingdom that intrigues me).

I spent 4 and 1 1/2 years in the Marine Corps Air Wing, even got a once in a lifetime chance to go up in an F-18 Hornet (that's a fighter plane to those who don't sprechen sie military). No, I never got shot at, never saw combat and I won't...repeat won't...stand for people trashing anyone who serves/served our country. Period. You have something to say, you go ahead and say... just not in around me or my page.

Life is good, God has been gracious to me and I'm happy to be alive!

I guess that's all for now; PEACE!!!

Current Residence: Upstate New York
deviantWEAR sizing preference: XL preferably
Print preference: None
Favourite genre of music: Big Band, contemporary, classical
Favourite photographer: My wife (give it up)
Favourite style of art: Animation, pencil drawing, graphic art
Operating System: Windows Vista (not by choice though)
MP3 player of choice: My wife's Ipod
Shell of choice: Whatever my wife uses (I'm detecting a pattern here)
Wallpaper of choice: Anything that brightens up my desktop, preferably nature or something Epic... or Epic Nature!
Skin of choice: My own, thank you!
Favourite cartoon character: Still Mickey Mouse
Personal Quote: If you desire peace, prepare for war!
For most of my life I've been interested in one thing: Drawing. Ever since I watched my first Disney movie and even before that I loved to draw and doodle, in fact it was hard to keep my interest in little else because of the urge and interest I had in drawing. When I did draw I entered another world full of possibilities and a realm in which to express my imagination.

I didn't always do the best art and I remembered so much frustration when my drawing skills seemed subpar to other kids it seemed to come naturally for. I see these frustrations in my step son who loves to draw and spend so much time into expressing his own imaginative world.

Looking back, my family supported my interest in art and even encouraged me to follow my dream of becoming an animator for Disney Studios, but alas here I am. I'm 34 years old, married and supporting a child and still living in the home town I grew up in. I'm not an illustrator for Disney, I don't sell my art work and it seems that there is little time to pursue art with the fervor I need to get better and to grow as an artist.

I don't want people (my family included) to feel that I am in anyway dissapointed with where I'm at, but there is that child like part of me, the one who wanted to be an artist at Disney and be a part of the magic that is Disney, that looks back and thinks "what if?" I'm not getting any younger and there are fears about the future after college and what I will be able to do with my Graphic Design degree. I think it's the same fear that all students have when dealing with the unknown, but it means more to me; drawing, illustration, design... they are my life, they are what I'm good at (in my mind anyway). I also realize that I haven't pursued it with the fervor I should so I realize that my short comings are to blame.

This all may stem from the fact that the art world is a highly competitive field and looking at the works of art that I have found on DA sometimes puts things into perspective and makes me feel that I don't add up or that I'll ever add up to the quality I see. If that is true, then what have I been doing with my life? Where am I going with all this? It just feels like I'm still beginning even though I'm in my mid 30s and that can be disheartening at times.

Wow! I wasn't expecting to say that much or go on about my life story. I hope those that read this (if there is anyone who reads this) who have the gift of art that comes naturally... don't squander that. If you can find your nitch at an early age or if you have an idea of what you want to be when you grow up, HOLD ON TO THAT!

Never let ANYONE say you can't.

Never let someone elses dreams steer you away from what you really want to do.

Never approach your art, music or writing half hearted; go at it with a gusto that keeps you interested that pursuit.

Find your muse and find and your own voice.

You could be the next Van Gogh, the next Divinci, the next Beethoven, the next Poe. Always remember that God has given each of us a gift and it is ultimately our choice of wether or not we will make use of that gift.

'nuff said.

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flipation Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:!
hessyes76 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
No problem!
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