Monday, December 15, 2008

Time for hobbies

It's hard work to live a life and have time for your hobbie. The amount of time I spend driving to work, being at work, and driving home from work is almost 12 hours. It really put a damper on my hobbies (which are playing video games, sleeping, and drawing comics of course!).

With that said, I was speaking to my former roommate about doing webcomics. He commented that he was looking for an artist to draw his comic idea because he felt he didn't have the time to do it himself.

Which brought me to an interesting conclusion... If you don't have the time to commit to your own hobby, why would you want someone else to do it for you? In my opinion, it kind of takes the fun of watching your work come to life. Now, I'm not against collaborations between an artist and a writer, but this idea seems kind of silly.

There were other factors that were worked into his decision, again, none of which I think really supported his decision. But at the end of the day, it's how he has decided to go about doing things.

Part of why I draw comics is to act as a form of escape and to better my storytelling skills. If I make a page and I think it came out well, I feel really proud of myself. If the page comes out poorly, I try to make myself do better the next time. It's a real push and it's one that, in many cases, can keep you sane in some pretty hard times.

But if you collaborate with someone, sometimes the results can be different from what you expect. This can be a good thing, but it can also be very bad. Suddenly, the effectiveness of your hobby is partially relying on the contributions of another person, and if the results aren't what you envisioned, you can't justify it by claiming that the other person did not live up to your expectations.

I know what is like to witness this first hand. I was that person who didn't quite meet someone else's vision in another project. Add in my own mixed feelings at that point and time, and it's easy to see why things didn't work out.

In the end, what I suppose I am saying is this; a hobby--be it drawing comics, collecting cards, or programming games--is something you do to make yourself feel good. And you should not expect someone else to help you achieve that goal. Because sometimes, when your happiness is riding on another's efforts, you will find yourself less than happy.

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