Things They Don't Teach You in Art School Pt 2
1) Don't get jealous. There is a quote from somewhere I heard in a song from 1997 called "Sunscreen"-"Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes behind; the race is long and in the end, it's only with yourself" . Be the best artist YOU can be, don't try to be the best there is. The first option is a lifetime of exploration, study and constantly getting better. The second option is a way to total heartbreak, anxiety and..jealousy. Jealousy is unproductive.
2) Listen but don't listen too much. If you listen too much you'll have someone always talking you out of something you want to do. Or, into something you don't. Do you own thing, be your own boss. A million people tried to talk me out of art. Many of them failed at what they do while, I still keep going on doing what I do.
3) Don't try to save the world. You can't. No one can. Don't try to change people, because you can't. Global Warming is happening...you can't do much about it but adapt. People won't change, don't try and convert them, it doesn't work. Politicians will change but they are all the same. They play a different game than artists. Politicians use lies to *hide* the truth, artists use them to *tell* the truth( quote from V FOR VENDETTA). They fight to win office, and what they percieve as power. We've already won, we don't hold "office" and we have the power to make the 2D look 3D.
4) Change YOUR world. Paint and draw the things that give you bliss. Compete with yourself to be better at what you do, and how you take care of your health, and those close to you.
These are at least some of my "common sense" things I follow. Hope they help.