What Makes A “Real” Artist & Major Updates

Howdy! Long time no see! I’ve had my many delays within the past few weeks for making blog posts and I’m finally back! I have to update via mobile today so I apologize in advance if this isn’t-so-eloquent! The mobile features are limited! 

I have a couple of updates, though, first I have a bit of a PSA regarding a topic that irks me within the art community:

Firstly, I don’t mean to strain your eyeballs with yet another long post (though burning retinas is my hobby of choice) I’ve had this particular topic in mind for quite some time and it just happens to reference one of my pet peeve comments people often make regarding art: Dictating What Makes a “Real” Artist! 

Who exactly are we to dictate who does or doesn’t deserve the tittle of an artist based on subjectivity or even complete ignorance? If you’ve ever put a pencil on paper or had a creative idea I’m sure you’ve had at least someone tell you “That’s not real art…” of something of that nature. It irks me to no end when people try to dictate what does or doesn’t make someone an artist, if you work to come up with ideas and work consistently to improve, then you are an artist. It’s not restricted to how many follow you, what you draw or your art style. In fact I’ve found that it can be even harder to find support for art styles that may not be as popular within the mass market; I’ve been told in interviews and past positions where they didn’t know where to put me though they loved my work, my style was hard to place, the mix of 1970s retro-futurism, Western and Eastern comic arts and even the DaDa influences that make up my art style is something I knew from the very beginning that would be hard to push.

 I also heavily disagree with the act of nitpicking other artists based on their perceived errors, in art you will be making mistakes all your life. It’s constant and there is no real golden point you reach where you’re impervious to making mistakes. You have to gradually train yourself to work though them. Every work I make I find something new I need to work on. I don’t believe in ever being fully satisfied with my own work, no matter if it’s a peak work of mine I will find five more points I can improve on for my next piece.  It’s all about how you strive to improve them. The freelance industry has grow astronomically for the very reason that artists want to move past having to fit into the corporate world and even challenge it, which in itself is beautiful. 

Opening the doors to newer artists with even the most abstract ideas of creating new art is one of the main ways to help us move forwards. 
If there’s any advice I can give, it’s to continuously strive to create something more. Pour who you are into your work! 


Since I last updated, the new MJD is up! Now certain features are slowly being edited! 


The next thumbsnails will return in the coming weeks as I expand my branding more, there will be new projects popping up every now and then, so please, keep a look out for those!

Till then,

~Jai M. Morgan

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