Ah hah, nail on the head. I'm really an attention 'lover' who tries to be subtle, but that subtle tends to go unnoticed, so I fail at my task! ;_;
Kay, just a little bit. I don't necessarily want loads of attention, I just want two - five comments on a blog or sprite or thread that are worthwhile. Which is actually pretty hard.
Most of my 'hi''s are, "WHAT!? Why do you have two supporter badges?!" ahaha. I wax and wane on when I feel courageous enough to say hi or something like that. Lately I've been more assertive as I thanked Fox and for me it's even harder to talk to staff or people held on a higher social plane, but I guess because I was being sincere I didn't feel like I'd bother him with my message.
xD; It's horrible because only ONCE have I stepped up and said 'hi' in real life. You know that best friend I was talking about? She came up to my desk while I was reading a book, turns around and say quite loudly "Hey! Do you mind if I sit here?",
I gave a teeny little nod and went back to my book. She's a very out going person so she was astounded that I pretty much (in her view, not mine) completely ignored her. So she pursued to be friends with me.
Though, when I did go from the school we met at to a school where my previous school can fit on the steps up to the first of 6 buildings, I had to be a bit more assertive. I just needed one friend, and I entered into a conversation about the book he was reading (Twilight, and he had a whole bunch of Manga on his desk) and said that I could sit with him and his friends at lunch. :> So I've had it easy making friends besides the inital freakout when first entering this school, so I wonder if I have enough experience to do well when I'm in an environment alone...
Gratification: Exactly. You look for it, while at the same time, you shy away. No one wants to look like a spotlight hog...
as for new people, sometimes you have to be the one to step up and say hi! You never know who or what you're missing unless you acknowledge someone... and hey, you never know, a simple "hi" may make their day!
Nah! Don't feel bad! lol. We've done what we could here. I mean, we can continue to post and get 0 crit back... and i guess i'm okay with that, since it is a pleasure and inspiration to aspriring new spriters, but that's really all i get for posting here. No real gratification... but i don't necesarrily look for that anyways.
The thing about being casual is that you need to approach EVERYONE you meet as your friend. Overkill them with niceness. If they turn out to be jerks, well, then you just don't associate yourself with them. But if you become known to be a kind, foward coming person, you'll be fine. Never limit yourself to who you meet. That's been my trick. ;)
I'm sure it will teach me valuable lessons. ;_; Doesn't mean I'll enjoy those lessons. (Haha, okay I'm not dreading TOO much, but still.)
I've got the one friend I think I need for the rest of my life, so I think I'm good! <3 I need to get better at making and talking to casual friends though, I can't follow her around like a little chick everywhere and it annoys me when I feel so lonely.
The problem about online communities is that people only comment sometimes. If you really do hunger for good critique you might have to approach those you wish to give it personally. If you're like me you'll worry about being a bother. xD;
Now, if you really want some hard critique, the kind that will eat you alive, I suggest you go to Pixelation.
Only if you want your pixel art to not be a hobby because really, a lot of these people are professional and they will be harsh.
Even though it would be good if we gave direction to the young pixel artists here, your life is always more important. If you can't give it the time it needs, don't feel bad. I should feel bad because I do have a lot of free time right now and I don't really comment or critique at all.
As for a job, it's inevitable. You may have to get one, or two, or five before your career, but it's necessary. I've found that getting a job teaches you life skills. From learning how to deal with people, to learning time management and fiscal responsibility, a job is a necessary step in your life.
As for friends, they come and go. That is a sad fact of life. I've had many good friends in my life, and unfortunately, many of them are gone. But i've found that you can only control your fate. Ultimately, we find a friend, and they stick around forever ^_^ I'm sure you may have one of those good friends lol. No matter where we go, there'll always be some one new. That's why i've enjoyed my time here. I've had the pleasure to chat with some awesome people, with exceptional talent and personality.
There will always be people coming and going. As for those new ones, I think you hit the nail on the head. We can only do our best to accomodate them and teach them what we know, or at least as much as they want to hear.
Like I said, i'm expiring here. I feel like i'm making the best sprites and pixel art i've ever done, yet it seems that it's going unnoticed. I can't get the crit that i give out. That may be experience, may be maturity, but regardless, i'm at a point where my life is so hectic, i don't have the time to give to the community that it needs. And that's the simple fact.
I dread the day when I have a job, but I'm going to need one so I better be prepared to surrender my large amounts of free time. Even if my parents pay for my college I still need money to live and buy art supplies and I'm not asking them to buy me that stuff while they're already working on their own debt and loan money for me and my sister.
If you just keep updating they are bound to stay alive. It's just that most people give up by now or want to start a new thread. I like to start anew when I leave for a time.
I think...That's just a normal part of life. I HATED it when I was 12-13 and my friend from Britain was going to college and was on so much less. My friend from Canada who is my same age, but started earlier I now talk to much less because she also has college and other duties. It's around this time you realize your life and future is more important than your online activity, even if that means not talking to some good friends and such. Just like for those that want to go out of state or a different college than their peers have to see that their future is more important than going to a college not good for you because you want to stay with some buddies that you might not ever talk to again after you get out of college as well.
In 10th grade when me and my best friend went to different high schools for career reasons I had to see that, and I didn't expect to go to the same college as her, but strangely it's alright. It probably because I know we'll be best friends anyways, but it's something that we have to see. (It turns out if I get accepted to SCAD we're going to be together, but that's not the point!) We're going to grow and sometimes it takes a toll on this entertaining sites like PC.
I personally want to stay here even when I'm in college as I already have a low profile here and it doesn't take much time, but those so thoroughly invested sometimes have to cut it off completely to get real work done.
So, new kiddie will come and maybe some will be great. I do wish one of us old cronies here would try to reign them in and mold their talents, but that's just what I always want to do with every child that shows an interest in an art form.
But, teaching is really trying on the teacher because some will give up or react badly and even though YOU know their potential and what 'they could be' they just might not see it and they can just throw it all away.
ANYWAYS. We can either just let the little new ones take our place as they are supposed to or try and guide them in the way of how we think things should be done. Which is what I would like to do, but I'm not really assertive and I don't think I'm good at critiquing, which is the only thing we can really do. You will never really be able to carry a good conversation like you can with those at your own maturity level, and only a few of those kids might be able to do that.
I'M BABBLING. At least I'm not the only one who feels so old in the world of spriting. I was pretty much the Head Spriter of HOF's group because I was the only one who could keep a cap on my emotions, i.e, oldest. I'm pretty sure the oldest under me was 14 or so.
Well, to be honest, it's been work and school for me. Wake up at 6:00 am, first class by 8:00 last class ends by 3:30, Target by 5:00. That's my life on the week days. Weekends are just Target's time to kill any life left in me...
I have little time for myself anymore... unfortunately... but you have to pay for college somehow... ^_^
I try to visit every day, maybe every other... but i don't really post much besides what's in my threads... i'm surprised that both of them (GP's Art as well as NASCAR Sprites) have survived this long... they have to be some of the longest running threads around... but yeah, i do update them from time to time lol. Don't get much spriting done these days...
Me and Fox were chatting, it seems that our age group is moving on out of PC... sadly. There aren't many members left in PixArt that are older than 18.. We're kinda the last bit of our generation... now, there's all these new young kids... it's cool to see them getting so into spriting, but (for me at least) it's hard to carry conversations or find good advice anymore. I'm not sure how much longer i'll be around here. I'll still check in from time to time... but i think i'm well past my prime here.
Nope, I live in Arkansas, so it's a 7-10 hour trip for me if I go. (It's a 12 hour trip for SCAD!) There are no art colleges in Arkansas, the closest is Memphis (MCA), but it's not the one I want to go to.
<3 My GPA isn't spectacular as it is, but I don't plan on slipping soon. Because my previous school is odd I took my last year of English last year, so I only really have 1 core class, which is Transition To College Math which is EASY!~
I just have to work on my three(fourish) art classes, which are not easy like some people think they are. <3 But I'm doing extremely well and really I've just wanted to do more and more recently!
Your preaching is good! If I had kept my gpa up in previous years my teacher could have recommended me for a special and big scholarship to SCAD, but I didn't meet the gpa or act requirements...
Thank you for your congrats!
What have you been up to?
good for you! That's awesome! Are you from the kansas city area, or will you be dorming? Meh, who cares, that's awesome! Great job! And even if you do or don't get into savanah... (scad right?), still, that's a nice fall back! Grats!
So i guess that's part of the reason your presence isn't felt as much anymore... getting school done... smart... something i wish i had focused on a bit... i was the stupid kind of senior who slacked off a bit my last semester... spriting... video games... cars... well, it really makes a difference... because now all those B's that could have been A's and the few C's that should have been B's... they effected my gpa and my getting into colleges... so if there's one bit of advice i can give you it's:
Stick it out. Just get your work done and finish strong. It's a strong temptation to procrastinate or put stuff off, but even still, colleges look at your last semester too. Trust me on that one... I've been denied from a few colleges because my GPA went down the hole my last semester.
Anyhow, sorry i just preached to you. But as a friend... well, a bunch of words typed into a box, by hands, a face and voice you've never met...lol...it's just cool to see you succeeding and moving up! Again, congradulations!