Chapter Six: No Sugar at SCAD

Sitting in a critique listening to the professor say to a student, “you’re not my shining star student and you never were.” His tired eyes look down at his hands that are filled with charcoal. He feels defeated.

I look around and see everybody’s wide eyes looking like they’re a combination of exhausted and shocked. It’s that time of the quarter where stress sets in and work seems far from manageable. The only thing that keeps you going is the passion and need for success.

Today I turned in a project that I was was highly displeased with. It was boring, basic and unimpressive. One night to do a still life and I chose objects that were visually unappealing. While sitting in the critique today I realized turning in work like that is absolutely unacceptable. Regardless if my professor admired it, I didn’t.

When you’re an artist you have to be obsessed with perfection and attention to detail. Those elements separate your work from the crowds. An employer will seek out the meticulous candidate and disregard and careless one. After gawking at the drawing that mocks my careful hand, I’ve committed myself to do impeccable work that satisfies me moving forward. Average is not good enough when you’re swimming with the sharks.

College teaches you that you have two options: do work well and master your trade. Or don’t.

Commit yourself to deliver.