The Bearded Man wrote:I think you'd be the right person if I wanted to talk about something I experience allot, aside from people that are into comics, don't you sometimes feel that we're not being taken seriously? Well that's how I feel most of the time. The biggest problem it causes me is that people have a hard time understanding when I tell them I am "working" on my stuff.
Not really! not about me drawing the comic, at least. I treat it as a hobby and i'm not particularly ambitious about it, so they just undertsand that i need time to dedicate to my stuff and they're fine with it. It's when someone asks me to make an illustration for them that apparently has no idea, of the time and effort required."But i've seen in your gallery you already hade done somethign like that!"
"Yeah, but it took me 4 full days, i was in the right mood to draw something outside my comfort zone and the pose was nothing fancy (as opposed to what you're asking)."
When i get the feeling of not being taken seriously it's when I mention that i work in the videogame industry. Non-gamers often enough give me that "waste of talent on useless crap" look, especially among older generations (that means uncles, aunts... and most of my extended family). Even my parents took some time to learn to appreciate computer games, but only after i started describing them the kinks of game design.
Oh, right, about my extended family. They do annoy me when they give me this talk about turning my comic into a business (and my mom sometimes does aswell) or, even worse, "why bother if you ain't making any money out of it" (and this is the kind of crap i get primarly from my cousins, who're all about fancy cars, fancy clothes and look rich/classy.... meh, and then they wonder why i always try to find some excuse to miss Xmas reunions).