Hello, lovely followers! I want to say how much I appreciate all the follows and asks and I am flattered beyond belief that some of you think of me as an inspiration ♥ I wanted to post this series I did in 2010, when I first decided to go back to art school.
Even though I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil, there was a time when I almost gave up on art. When I was getting my BA, I was so busy with school, depressed(/medicated), and frustrated with how out of practice I was that I just stopped drawing all together. All the times I’d been told to “stop drawing cartoons and do something real” as a teenager had began to wear on me and a report card comment from one of my few studio instructors—”Ashley-Renee is an art historian, not an artist”—sent me over the edge. No more art for me, I’ll just entrench myself in academia and maybe everything will be okay. (Spoilers: It was not.)
When I found it in myself to start drawing again, it was revelatory. So this is my “fuck the haters” series. That’s my self portrait in the jacket and the other two are my characters I always draw when I need to cheer myself up. I think the point was that I needed to look inside myself for the strength to keep going. That I was the one in charge of my own life and nothing anyone said could change that if I didn’t let it. Sometimes the negativity still gets to me, but I can look back at this series and remember how far I’ve come. So, to any of you that are dealing with a similar struggle:
FUCK THE HATERS. KEEP DOING YOU. RISE ABOVE. ♥