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Sometimes when you're knee deep in a project with a deadline looming overhead, and the stress begins to build up, you may have a tendency to forget why you decided to become an artist. Well, I'm here to remind you why: because it's fun!

You get to work (in a business) where you can spend hours at a time creating amazing and wonderful pieces of sequential art on a regular basis. If you're even luckier, you may be getting paid to do this! But even if you're not, who cares? Whether it's for a major company or for your own Web comic, what matters is that you're getting to do what you've been dreaming of doing for who knows how long. When you step back, it's really crazy to believe, isn't it?

It's frustrating business at times. I've lost track of the number of hours lost staring at a blank canvas, cursing the high heavens as I try to figure out why I can't seem to draw a stick figure, let alone a complete page. Sometimes my wife has to come by and give me a metaphorical swift kick in the rear, reminding me that I'm getting to draw for a living and that I shouldn't stress out so much over it.

So, consider this a literary kick in the rear whenever you feel frustrated and stressed. Take a step back, take a deep breath, and remember that you get to draw comics and manga on a regular basis. Have fun!

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