I remember when adults used to ask that question a lot: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was simple: “An artist.”
Ever since I was young, I always loved to draw. From what I remember, I started drawing stick people, then it led to stick people with animal heads. After that, I started to draw more realistic things. It’s funny, now that I think about it. The “people” I drew didn’t look like people. They were more animal-like in appearance but doing human activities, such as going to school, taking a bubble bath (the kids), or eating. Stuff like that. Eventually, I started drawing from pictures and popular shows. I think I draw better when I’m actually looking at another picture. My favorites were Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon. Sounds a little…nerdy? Ha ha. Sure.
Now that I’m in college, I still think about becoming an artist. However, it’s more of becoming an art teacher then maybe become a real artist. Honestly, I don’t really know what artists are really like. How do they call themselves artists? What do artists do every day? How do they prove that they’re really artists? Do they have to know a lot about art history? These are some questions that may have simple answers, but I think there’s more to them. I’m still trying to learn more about how I can develop myself into a professional artist. To be more specific, I want to become a great ceramicist. I’ve always drawn, drawn, drawn, but when I went to high school, I got into ceramics. I still draw but it’s not the same anymore. Nowadays, I only draw because of my classes; not for my own interest. I miss that. Maybe I’ll get back into it one day. Hopefully.
Have a great day!