I’ve been a long-time follower and collector of ImagineFX and a huge fan of all forms of digital art. I’m 53 years old and I’ve been drawing since I was a child. I have a degree in graphic arts and have sold a few small pieces of art, mostly pencil drawings and photographs, but I’ve had very limited success in the digital arts.
I live in a small mid-western town in the US and my local audience is very limited. Most older folks just don’t understand what I’m doing. The local arts group is still debating whether digital art is “real” art, which leaves me on the sidelines.
I know I’ll never make it in the big leagues of Hollywood or with a film studio, but I still enjoy working in the digital arts so I’d like to know if there are any realistic avenues out there for the work of an older fellow such as myself? I’m constantly amazed by the work that’s being done in digital art and I have to admit a little jealousy for the younger folks who do such wonderful work.
Keep up the great work. I love the magazine and all the art makes me smile. Michael Ries, via email Claire replies Michael, thanks for your email. I’m sure many artists reading this will feel the same as you. As your location is – in your words – challenging, I would suggest getting your work online. There’s a democracy about online galleries and groups that will help you rise above any small-town preconceptions about what art is. Perhaps you could submit your art for portfolio reviews, or travel to conventions to meet fellow artists and art directors to discuss and hone your craft?
Furthermore, do you really feel that age is a barrier to art success? I’d like to think that someone’s work will stand out whatever age you are. (Am I being naïve, here? I sincerely hope not.) Good luck in your artistic pursuits.
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