If I could go back in time when I was 12, what would I teach my younger self?
Going back to my early 12… Let’s do it. It is 1991… That year I discovered roleplaying games and started playing. In fact, that was the reason I started writing. I wanted to make my own stories and characters… and the games allowed me to do it. The part that I enjoyed the most was storytelling. Storytelling became part of my life. I was daydreaming most of the time, daydreaming about the next story I wanted to tell…
But, returning to the main question… What would I teach my younger self? Try again. Rise and rise again, no mather how many times you fall. Work, work hard, because there are no shortcuts to success and there is only one way, hard work. Make yourself strong, because some people are cruel and will make fun of whatever you write. Make up your mind and taste every drop of life, because it is precious. Every single beat of heart has it’s own story. Remember it, learn about it, write about it. Never let anybody tell you your stories are a waste of time. Some day a lot of people will read them, and will have fun with them. And you will be proud.
Well, actually, when I was around 12….I started being interested in becoming a professional. I was still in school, and I was a super fan of Dragon Ball. Also, my older brother gave me Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theatre. My first manga, “Underworld” was of course, pretty N00b and strongly influenced by Toriyama’s style but it was my base and my point of departure in this long journey.
I’d have told my 12 years old me that I should persevere, that I should keep trying harder, because, of course, my goal was not really getting involved with publishers and deadlines….I assumed everything was easy and nice, and of course, I had to study…so I simply kept drawing… but always copying someone’s style… Dragon ball, Slayers, Digimon, Berserk…. my drawings changed depending on what manga I was reading at the time…or what anime I was watching. And that was my mistake, too. Seeing things as I see them now…
I’d tell my younger self to concentrate and develop my own style, too. It’s very important to get youw own style of drawing, something that everybody can say it’s yours and only yours when they see it
I’d tell myself to study a little anatomy, too, and more importantly, to do backgrounds…
I wish I could tell my 12 years old self that…*sighs*