Nate,I've known a few diletantes in my day. The word, always tucked away for easy access in my vocabulary, stings even to use it. I don't think you're justified in applying it to yourself. You seem sincere in your pursuits and maybe a little too hard on assigning criticism to your intentions (we've all done it).You've got the chops (as the old Jazz guys say)...You like some kick-ass artists (Moebius is an early influence of mine and I'm appearing with Darrow at a Chicago Convention in a few days) so that's a huge plus in my book. What you're posting here is top notch. Looking forward to seeing more.
Tony - Thanks for the encouragement! I love the stuff you've got on your blog. From now on, I'll be dropping by frequently to see what you're up to. And you're appearing with Darrow! Man, that's not fair. I wonder if he knows how many of us he inspired? I remember the first time I saw Hard Boiled, it was like someone had completely rewritten the comics rules. I couldn't believe my eyes. He's one of the greats!
Ouch....the word does indeed sting as I graduated from art school in 2003 only to take a 5 year hiatus from the world of art to take care a family....since 2008 I have slowly been building my dreams and goals back up. Your blog is a nice place to view another artist tackling this battle I am on.