I feel you man, maybe I get to hard on people who "spice up" their work with filters and such because I don't do it myself, but am still guilty of not trying as hard as I can when it comes to harder study. Welp, time to put on some jazz and get working.
I kinda see two messages, one is you don't need to be the same as everyone else and create your own style, and the other is try try again to get it right, but it kinda bothered me how you made this character attempt to be the same as everyone else.
The point isn't to be the same as everyone else, the point is to be better than you are now. Even though his "colours" weren't at the same level as the others, he made up for it through different means. It's like artists who (for example) are bad at anatomy or clothing, and make up for it through lots of little details and really nice colours. That artist has found a way to bring themselves to a higher level, but still hasn't addressed their underlying artistic weaknesses (actual or self imposed). I know the feeling of this strip very well, and I think a lot of self taught people do too. It's just the growing process C:
I feel like this is trying to teach something but I still don't know...just how do you make vibrant colors in Paint tool sai? I try using the watercolor tool to blend and the colors just appear washed out like they were stained with a dirty mop. Any advice for this, or should I try learning how with gradual effort...in photoshop? Honestly blending feels like less of a hassle but there isn't a stabilizer for lines.
complacence: noun, "calm or secure satisfaction with one's self"
I'm not sure that's what this is going for, if anything satisfaction with his current abilities seems to have been how he rose to the top only to fall because he realized that being content with what ability he learned while never improving because he mistook an aesthetic ability with knowledge/understanding of the fundamentals.
In my humble opinion a better word to summarize this comic would be...diligence Realizing that knowing how to do one trick well that impresses a few people won't prepare oneself for the future competing with more well-rounded individuals who have learned what is required. Accepting that no matter how far you think you've gone there is still a ways to go, and to constantly strive for improvement. ...Or it could just be about shiny colors
God Dammit; it's beautiful :') :favtheshitout: You resumed the feeling so well: like, wanting to get higher and become like the professionals, develop our own techniques. X) And, with this very art, we are actually doing the same thing: loving your shiny colors (I see them like vibrant but meh :/ )
I can relate to this. I feel overrated sometimes by people who like me, but I know that I accomplish many things with simple tricks, and I'm not actually that good, and if I had to make art for a living I'd be disappointing.