With every person I’ve interviewed, I’ve had preconceived ideas about them. It’s easy to divide people up into categories. Maybe it seems more natural to think of someone as “talented” because in a way, it helps you when you struggle with your artwork. Isn’t it easier to say someone is talented and you are not? It gets you mentally off the hook. It’s much more difficult to realize it’s not talent but hard work that has gotten them to the place they are at today. If you accept the truth that it’s not talent but hard work, then you have work to do, and maybe the truth is you don’t want to work that hard at digital art. Isn’t that harder to admit?
Ray has worked hard at his craft, and it shows. He can create beautiful portraits, but he can also create dynamic caricatures. I’ve had the privilege of seeing the art he created for some children’s books, and it is fabulous! He has worked at different subjects, and I think you will agree that it shows in what he can produce! I think you will be surprised by his story.
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