Today we’d like to introduce you to Benton Dinsmore.
Benton, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started drawing when I was very young but stopped when I graduated High School in an effort to pursue what I thought was a more stable career path. After working several jobs, I found myself in a really stressful work environment and started drawing again without even realizing that I was using it as an escape. My coworkers were all very supportive and said I should try drawing as a full-time career instead of just stress relief. At the time I had been volunteering at Comic Conventions for several years and head several friends that worked in the art industry, so I asked one of them that I trusted to be honest with me to critique my work. After taking a look at my work, he told me that I would never make it as an artist, but I didn’t let that stop me. I asked him what I needed to work on and spent the next year practicing as much as I could to get better at the areas I was weakest and took my stuff back to him to look at. He was amazed by how much I progressed in just a year. That year I had my portfolio reviewed by several big industry leaders and again took notes on everything that they said I needed to work on. I have made it a habit to try to tackle my biggest flaws ever since, and it has pushed me to be the artist I am today.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Not at all. One of the major problems with my approach to tackling my weaknesses so aggressively is that I have to find a lot of people who know what the art industry is looking for and ask them to say everything bad about my art that they can. It’s not easy. I try to take it all as constructive criticism, but there are still times I get very depressed and unsure of what I am doing. Additionally, they will sometime give me conflicting opinions about what I need to work on, so I have to find either a middle ground or actively choose which direction I want to follow for my career, knowing that I am potentially closing a door to a good business connection if they think I did not value or listen to their opinion. You just have to be very honest with the people you do not listen to, let them know that you value what they say and try your best to make them understand why you are not going to use their critique.
Please tell us about BC Designs.
BC Designs is a personal art business with a focus on screen printing and conceptual art for production. I do a wide variety of projects from game art to graphic designs.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would seek out unbiased opinions as quickly as I could to critique my art. All too often, we surround ourselves with only those that make us feel like we are the best and I have seen that bring down several of my close friends who have tried to make it in the industry. Additionally, if everyone around you tells you that your work is perfect, you start telling yourself that it is too. This prevents growth and discovery because you get complacent or comfortable. I wish I could have broken out of that shell so much younger.
- Website: www.bcdinsmore.com
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