When fear is the teacher…

Fear certainly exists.
It’s a legitimate emotion. It’s just as valid as “joy, happiness, or sadness.”
Removing fear paves the way for getting rid of other human emotions, what will you kill off next? “Contentment?”
I propose seeing fear as a teacher, one of many teachers you will encounter.
You can learn from fear.

Fear is part of the human condition, and attempting to remove the idea of fear could also be detrimental to your art as a whole.

Rather see fear as that teacher whose class you might wish to skip on certain days, you can decide how much time you want to spend inside that classroom.
There’s also nothing wrong with feeling slightly rebellious when you don’t attend fear’s latest session.
On the days in which the proverbial sunshine is luring you to go out and be adventurous, then just do it!
Slip out through the window at the back, knowing that you conquered fear, at least for the time being!
And then draw a comic about it!

What if your art is too raw? And what if it offends?

“I have a question for you, Matt. What if your art tests the boundaries of what art is, and sometimes makes some people angry because it is too raw? Too powerful, candid, emotive, honest, to the point, painful, sincere? Because it raises ghosts in society that some would rather let lie? What if you are worried about the audience’s reaction then, not because of your skill level but because of your motivation? Is it different, or do you proceed just the same?”

Varjakbaby posted this comment some time ago.

The question addresses a few things, so let’s take a look at some of the components.
And bear in mind. These thoughts are my opinions. My 5 cents, or whatever these thoughts might be worth.
This is still only a discussion and not intended to be a manual for creating any type of content.
That’s why I will leave the topic open for discussion in the comments section as well.
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That’s a big-ass sword!

Ever since I started reading fantasy-related material I noticed how big some of the swords were.
So, kudos to those warriors who manage to lift the things!

The Warrior Princess is also ambidextrous, by the way. She can wield her weapons with both hands.
I suppose that is necessary when you have to vanquish several dozen sludge-beasts descending on you!

Have a great Monday,
Matt