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Greg B
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I just got done watching a documentary on H.G. Wells.

He may indeed have invented the first graphic novel but did so at age 10! His life story is just phenomenal. He taught himself to read, write, and draw and became one of the greatest storytellers ever. He amassed a fortune through his own efforts, no big endorsements to set off his career other than chance, his study skills and dogged persistence to rise from poverty.

This made me think of other famous folks who were illustrators and rose to prominence. Ben Franklin, George Pal, Maude Bogart ( yes, Humphrey Bogart's mom was one of the most popular and commercially successful illustrators in American history ), and some notorious celebs as well.

We've talked about how artist industries have risen and fallen and the consensus to me is that artists that don't move to empower themselves end up as victims. Without the additional skills of writing, management, leadership, and the ability to confront the odds come what may, artists become the prey of those who see these weaknesses.

It's raising one's levels of awareness and the playing field and often breaking the rules.

I, like Captain Kirk don't believe in the no-win scenario.


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E. Allen
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Heh, but definitely leadership is a quality (along with charisma) trait artists ought to cultivate.

Neither do I believe in the "no-win" scenario.

There's always a way out of the dark tunnel of obscurity, just follow the light!

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I agree. too many success stories of people breaking the mold that back that idea up, Greg. its undeniable

Like Black Star said

"Stop actin like a bitch already,be a visionary and maybe you can see your name in the columns of obituaries"


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Sir Winston Churchill was a national leader, a world hero, a great personality and a pretty darn good painter.

A Study Of Boats:

View From Chartwell:


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Lionel Barrymore....he wanted to be an artist but his family wouldn't have him doing such a disreputable thing for a living


not can always see his etchings on ebay for just 5-20 dollars


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Greg B
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I didn't realize that John Carradine was a master illustrator and sculptor as well as being a legendary actor. He did artwork for films and the stage.


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