It's a tough fact to face but I think it's important to accept the fact that there will be large amounts of people in his world that won't like the work you make.
And no, your friends don't have to like your work either.
It's hard and it might even make you want to quit. Especially because we've all had memories of everyone absolutely loving our random childhood scribbles as if we created the Mona Lisa.
I went to an art school for one year and basically, all we'd do is post our work on the wall and have people criticize it for the entire day. Imagine doing that for a year straight. Needless to say, I was very tired by the end of it and didn't feel like I had it in me to do it any longer.
But it's ok if people dislike your work. You might even find that you might even dislike your own work.
I don't think that should be any reason to quit.
Sometimes I think it's a good way of hearing truths that you need to hear.
Other times I think it's a good opportunity to defend your work and continue having faith in your integrity as an artist despite the opposition.
It's tough, even for me to know that I can't make everyone happy, but I've been slowly learning that its ok.
Sometimes it feels lonely.
But that's also what makes it exciting.
by Jason Lam