I read an interview with a successful comic book illustrator this morning. My heart warmed when I came to the part about how an older, established artist took him under his wing for mentoring many years ago. They arranged for a year of this tutoring that got the younger man started off on the right foot.
Or so I thought.
The lessons might have been valuable and established a career, but they were punctuated by constant criticism. Even years later the elder artist had nothing good to say.
While together at an art showing much later that showcased them both, he said to the younger, “You really can’t draw, can you?”
Understandably, this blow crushed the artist for some time to come. Overall he didn’t let it get him down by his own account but this attack made me ill. The artist spent years getting past the unnecessary pain to obtain well-earned acclaim outside the shadow.
Please, think before you criticize. And to all, I wish blessed creativity.