Please artists, take a time and read it.
A lot of people is been asking me recently about what I do to create, how I developed my work, if I have any formal study in arts, or if it's only "talent". Oh, talent, that damn word. I don't disregard talent at all, but what I really think is that's a complete waste of time for us as artists to underestimate the value of HARD WORK. Talent is a given, Hard work is coachable, and that's all. Simple math. Here's an excerpt of text that says it all:
"Talent is, in common parlance, 'what comes easily'. So, sooner or later, inevitably, you reach a point where the work doesn't come easily, and, -Aha!, it's just what you feared.
Wrong. By definition, whatever you have is exactly what you need to produce your best work. There's probably no clearer waste of psychic energy than worrying about how much talent you have- And probably no worry more common.
Talent, if it is anything, is a gift, and nothing of the artist's own making. (…) Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster, but without a sense of direction, or a goal to strive for, it won't count for much. (…) Even at best, talent remains a constant, and those who rely upon that gift alone, without developing further, peak quickly and soon fade to obscurity. (…) Artists get better by sharpening their skills, or by acquiring new ones; they get better by learning to work, and by learning from their work. They commit themselves to the work of their heart, and act upon that commitment. (…) What you end up caring about is what you DO, not WHETHER THE DOING CAME, hard or easy."
(Extracted from "Art & Fear"- David Bayles & Ted Orland)
There's no secret formula for evolving in art (sorry for that if you were expecting for one). I just study and draw everyday, and by everyday I mean every-single-day. If you're not a Frank Frazetta, a Da Vinci or a Kim Jung-Gi, I really suggest you start doing the same.
If there's anything to talk about Talent, that's it. And this book is an amazing read if you ever had any questions about a life as an artist, and all it carries within. Go get a copy, and you won't regret yourself