Asking complete strangers for art advice

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Robert Cohen

There’s 9 million artists and they’re all great in their own way. You’ve got to find your own way. If you can find a way that’s a little bit different and be the best you can be at it, that’s all you can really ask for. The biggest thing of all is that you do the work.

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Myles Bullen

My artistic life was inspired by when I was 21 and hitchhiked around the country for three years straight. I just lived out of a backpack and played music wherever I went. I started trusting the world by throwing myself out there. I would say that has propelled me to believe in my art and that my message is an important thing to continue. I’ve had a lot of trauma and situations that have happened in my life where the fact that I survived through them is mind-blowing to me. So, now I use my art as a cathartic catalyst to share personal narrative stories that may inspire other people to keep living.

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Anna Pepplowski

I’ve been taking pictures since I was a little kid. Just do it, like the Nike commercials. Just go out and take pictures. I’m self-taught, so by doing it that’s how you learn.

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Brady-Lee Rivard

I really like pen and ink but I do a lot of acrylic as well. I’m planning on majoring in medical illustration. I had a lot of ankle surgeries when I was a kid and I would always look at the diagrams, so I think that’s what really peaked my interest. Don’t let people tell you not to do what you want to do. If you’re determined to do something then you’ll find a way to make it work for you.

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