Joshua Meehan

The Power of Mentors

Hey everyone long time no see! I have been gone for a while its true, but it hasn’t stopped me from making art! Due to financial necessity I have increased my workload at the ol’ day job. It does mean I work odd hours and there is no consistency but I’ve been reworking my schedule to continue my artistic pursuits. No matter what goes on in life you can’t let difficulties cause you to stop doing what you love. I have been gone from the social media for a while almost 2 months, but the art is still being made and under some NDA’s that do not allow me to show what I’ve been working on! Though that news will be released as soon as possible!

In the mean time here’s the video from the award ceremony I just received!

During my acceptance speech I made sure to thank my illustrator mentors Betty Dye, Tony Niccoli, and David Christiana. All of whom helped guide me on my path.Mentors can be a great thing to have, they can make sure to keep you from getting lazy, introduce you to new artwork, and provide goals to complete with guidance. These things make a mentor quite beneficial. But just like how there are a range art schools there are also a range of mentors and it is up to you to find out which fits your goals and style.

Here are a few tips for finding a good mentor if you find yourself looking for one:

1. Their work
Make sure they are doing the kind of work you want because that is what they will be able to teach you the best.

2. Teaching Experience
Just like artistic experience is important in the work force so is the educational experience. Look at the work done by the students before and after if you are able to.

3. One on One time
Mentorships can be expensive dropping $500-$1000 in a matter of weeks. Through research make sure you get to spend one on one time to get the most of your individual  study. If your just getting a pre-recorded video you might as well use Youtube and the internet.

4. Now this thing isn’t really about the mentorship but more about yourself. There is no substitute for hard work.
Don’t think that a mentorship as a replacement but more like a dietary supplement to your training regiment. With the right pairing of guidance and hard work you can end up creating amazing work and boost your skills as  an artist.

Good luck out there and keep the art strong,
Joshua Meehan

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