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Brick by Brick by StephenMcCranie Brick by Brick by StephenMcCranie
Hey friends, this is a comics essay I wrote for a blog I do called Doodle Alley. Wherever you are on your journey as a creator, I hope these comics encourage you! If you like this and want to see more, please favorite this!

Here's a link to the Doodle Alley blog:

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Rick-TinyWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014   Photographer
Hi Stephen! I suggested your comic on Twitter and now a game developer who is huge on Twitter tweeted your comic: twitter.com/McFunkypants/statu…
It seems to quite ring a bell among the community!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Professional
WOw! that's awesome. Thanks so much for spreading the word like that-- I really appreciate it. Cheers Rick!
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is true!
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deltadev Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Epiphany!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional
!
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RaptecClawtooth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
for some reason im very sure the destiny bring me here too read all this strips...
Is exactly whay i need read for a guide to be myself
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Mmadness-Within Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
These are so inspiring...I'm reading all of these! :D
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paper-plein Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
That was beautiful ;^;.... 'nuff said
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:iconstephenmccranie:
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional
Thanks! :party: Nice avatar by the way!
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paper-plein Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
No prob!and lol Thank you!!
Do you mind if i use this as my webcam? I just want to read it every time i need some inspiration ..
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional
ha ha, go right ahead!
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paper-plein Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Thank you!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I see what you mean here, but it's also a matter of talent, isn't it? And also of different styles (something that we can change only to a minimum.) I mean, I totally thing we may improve what we have, but it's not just time that will turn us into Botticelli.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional
Have you read Outliers by Malcom Gladwell? There's new research coming out that says talent takes time, and it only comes after a lot of practice. Whether that idea is true or not-- I like it because it's really encouraging! It means that someone with "no talent" can still have the dream of becoming a great artist.

You're right about the style thing though-- it's not like we're all climbing the same ladder or something.

Thanks for sharing!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No, I haven't read it - in fact, I've never heard about it! :P Thanks for pointing me to it.
I totally agree that practice and effort are essential, but as you say, we we're not climbing the same ladder - or even striving to reach the same artistic goal. Also because that would be quite conforming, right? To draw all in the same way.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional
Exactly-- it's be horrible if we were all trying to make the same thing.
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fuzzyfur455 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Really inspirational. That had me thinking. Nice job. LOL! Late comment.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional
Still appreciated, thanks!
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fuzzyfur455 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome.
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TerminalGlow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true. ^^
Though there are times when I'm discouraged, I think about something similar to this, and it doesn't help anyway.
Lately that's not been the case~ Lately I've been feeling more like "I'm SOOO close to where I want to be, I just need one more shove and I know I can do it!" Whoohoo~
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Lefice Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so very true, and I've had to tell so many this same thing. I think I'm going to show this to the people that complain as they compare themselves to people that have been at things much much longer.
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Charanty Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
This has a very good idea in it, even if we don't take about drawing.
Thank you! :iconbrohugplz:
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional
Your welcome! :thanks:
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BlackCatBerry Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, could you make theese into prints?
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional
Huh-- maybe I could-- that's an interesting idea. Do you mean through deviantart?
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BlackCatBerry Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes! or another website if that's possible^^ Would be awesome to have a print of your comic:D
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PinkCarrots Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist
i forget this sometimes. It is good to have a reminder and you do explain it so well.
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LilChiisai Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
So inspirational, thanks for doing this ;v; <3
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InkScaled Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
:iconomgtearsplz: True, true...
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Puppy-eater Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
You are so inspirational. :happycry:
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GZLsarah Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
This makes me feel so much more confident in finishing my writing. Yeah, I feel like he did because I was comparing [link] to Harry Potter or Pendragon and found myself really discouraged and depressed... but my dad gave me one of those "I've experienced this" speeches and gave me some tips, which didn't help much, and then I saw someone worse then me, and helped that person out, which gave me inspiration to write this [link] There is much improvement, and this shows how I feel when I do something right. Thanks for expressing mine, and many more people's thoughts in this piece, I appreciate it.
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Degari Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for making this! This has inspired me to just keep pushing on and take my time with laying those bricks. ONE DAY I WILL BECOME A MASTER ARTIST :'D
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Gracefullflames8 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I feel inspired! I'm gonna go draw something now. It's gonna suck, but eventually I'll be able to make something better one day!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional
You can do it!
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himanuts Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Truer words have never been spoken. Thanks, this actually motivates me. xD
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nasar-ullah-khan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
great man! loved it :)
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enp Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Wow! I thought I was the only one who felt this way after seeing what others can do.

I also realized that all you're saying... I already knew, but I forgot I did. It's like you're talking about me in your comic.

I might download this and turn it into a poster to put on my wall later, so I don't forget how the process of self-improvement works :)
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iizel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I wanted to cry a little when I read this. It made me think about how frustrated I get with my art when I can't produce what I see in my head. But this, this definitely made me take a step back and think. Thank you. You're a really, really smart person. I wish you the best :)

I've only read two of your comics and I love them already :)
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Cheesecake-giri Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Your comics are quickly becoming my life coach.
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KittyLevin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an amazing illustration of your philosophy (which I quite agree with)! I like the simple color scheme and style . . . they allow the message to come through without distraction.
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sonopants Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
This was just what I needed to hear. Thank you :)
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SallyDaVE Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
So much meaning <3
Your aweosme
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so uplifting and holds such simple but often hidden truth. Thank you for making me realize this yet again...it's about putting your bricks together each and every day, making the effort and putting aside time to make progress towards your goals. I'm going to start writing those stories I want to publish. I'm going to draw every day. I am going to work on accomplishing my goals. Thank you
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so uplifting and holds such simple but often hidden truth. Thank you for making me realize this yet again...it's about putting your bricks together each and every day, making the effort and putting aside time to make progress towards your goals. I'm going to start writing those stories I want to publish. I'm going to draw every day. I am going to work on accomplishing my goals. Thank you
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SheldonGoh Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
WOW. Thank you for this. It's brilliant! :)
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pan77155 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011   Digital Artist
This really spoke to me, thank you very much for making these lovely comics!
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Shidaku Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
So very true, though this method a man I know build a castle...by himself...literally.
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Eaglecaste Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Inspiring words. Great stuff
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taranee9 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
That is, you can't bite off more than you can chew. This is something that every -future- artist should think/know when starting his/her "journey".
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