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As a kid growing up in Canada I had the benefit (or the curse) of being moved to new schools in new districts or towns all across the country almost yearly (my father worked for IBM), so every time I arrived at the latest new school, I got a chance to observe the kid who was the "best artist in school". Some were more open minded than others, but the one thing most of them had in common was that they never wanted to hear any criticism - only praise. Criticism would so often bring them to tears.
    On the fiip side, through traveling from city to city during my youth, I also learned that no matter how good I could draw, there was always somebody better. I was well aware of this long before I wound up at Sheridan College in Toronto, where I was clearly a very small fish in a very large pond. Sheridan was like military school for artists, where they would rip into us regularly until we learned to be emotionally unaffected by critiques, and we learned to fully separate our egos from our artwork. These two things just don't belong together. Creating good artwork is a step by step, methodical process, and once you learn to follow the procedure, and apply all the well-founded techniques which were developed be countless artists who came before you, everything just falls into place.
    These experiences helped mould me into a very versatile illustrator. If the customer doesn't like a drawing I've created, then no problem. Put it aside, go back to the drawing board and make another version. There's no whining involved.

    The pseudo retro artists have never had to compete with, or face up to legions of other artists, so they never had to hone their skills or prove their worth. They never had to produce illustrations within the high-pressure, ad agency environment, and it shows in every single aspect of their drawings.
    Instead they've come from being "the best artist in school", with all the accolades and stroking from friends and family, directly to the internet, and now they hide behind their websites and try to convince us to just take it, so they can be lauded as the true "retro gods". The sheer audacity is beyond comprehension for me.
    That's one of the shortcomings of the internet. It is still the "wild west" after all, so this opens the door for anybody to get on there and claim whatever they want, which is what these folks have done.
    Unfortunately, the law of averages dictates that there will also be a certain segment of the population who will actually fall for their hype. I'm here to try to mitigate that as much as possible.
    

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