Winning and acceptance are exhilarating. I love being accepted into things. It’s one of my favourite things. Do you know what I don’t like? Rejection and disappointment. Who does though right? I’m not a fan of participation trophies. I WANT TO WIN! I have something to tell you. Keep in mind that the best way to get rid of a participation trophy you don’t want is to try again. Here goes, the first time I submitted my artwork for the Schitt’s Creek Partner Program my artwork was rejected.
I was beside myself. I questioned my artistic prowess and even what I had for breakfast that morning. Was it some bad decision I had made that caused this to happen? Or, was my artwork just not good enough?
Now that I have exposed my deepest thoughts, let’s rewind a bit so I can tell you the whole story. Around the same time that I found out the show Schitt’s Creek was ending I decided that I had to do something to commemorate this great show. Saddened as most people were, in a moment of clarity, I remembered seeing that Redbubble had a partner program for the show. It occurred to me that as a fan of the show, I should draw something and send it in.
While watching the last few episodes of Schitt’s Creek I went through all of the DO’s and DON’Ts for gaining acceptance into the program.
I thought about it and decided yup, I’m so doing this!
It was time to decide what to draw.
I went through all of the Schitt’s Creek art on Redbubble. Foraging through what other artists had drawn specifically looking for what was missing. As I scrolled through all the beautiful artwork I realized there was something that I wasn’t seeing. In all the artwork on the site, there was a star that was missing. The black car!
I began to draw and the first few sketches didn’t come out the way I wanted.
The research continued. What type of car is it? What angle should I use when I draw it? I’ve previously expressed contempt for rulers but drawing a car, I didn’t have a choice. Ruled lines were mandatory for this piece. I used to love drawing cars but, hadn’t in a while. Being so out of practice it took a while to finish this part. Once I completed the car it was time to concentrate on sketching David and Alexa inside of the car. I remember wondering if I should draw them. “Yeah, I can make their images abstract. It’ll be fine.”
Wrong! Although ITV did not give any specifics as to why my first artwork was not accepted as soon as I got the rejection letter I knew. I shouldn’t have drawn them.
My thinking was that the car in my image was the main feature.
I re-read the DO’s and DON’Ts for acceptance into the program.
Why had I still drawn the main characters? It was only the outline of their faces and hair. My main focus was on the accessories they were wearing and their clothing. I swear, I even left out their noses. How can a drawn image look like someone without a nose? But when I got to this line of the DON’Ts I questioned my reading skills.
I felt bad when my artwork was rejected. I wallowed in the feeling, waited a few days, and then told myself that I couldn’t just quit.
This is how the pep talk went, “Damn girl! Make the changes and resubmit, you know what you did wrong. Fix it!” The mumble rapping voice in the back of my head said, “Bu, aye whaifthey rejectyowor again, uh?” So what! That was when the above Nelson Mandela quote came to my mind.
Rising every time I fall is the point of it all right? I made the changes and re-submitted.
When I got the acceptance letter it was like I had one the Oscars.
I told anyone who would listen. Even if they weren’t listening I still told them. Do what you love and don’t let rejection stop you. If anything, getting rejected the first time around made getting accepted the second time around that much sweeter!
- Read the Do’s and Don’ts
- Decide what to draw
- Draw and allow yourself to make mistakes
- Accept that your art might not be accepted the first time around
- Its ok to wallow in the feeling of rejection but, remind yourself not to quit!
- Re-read the Do’s and Don’ts
- Redo your artwork and resubmit
- Acceptance and celebrations! 🙂
Have a great week and stay well. See you here next week!