There was a time in my youth when I first got into Heavy Metal...and then I got into Heavy Metal. It just so happens that the music and the magazine of the same name hit me at the right time and opened my senses up to a very naturalistic and visceral language. The artists like Juan Giménez and Alfonso Azpiri were clearly hitting the right notes with me. Having grown up using watercolor and pen & ink I felt very connected to what they were doing.
Unfortunately as fate would have it I let my influences pass and opted for what I believe was expected of a comic book artist, knowing full well it was against my natural instincts. But hey, I wanted to work and I did live in Europe or another country where this kind of art would be considered sellable. Who knows what I'd be missing.
Suffice it to say, I'm coming back around to this and I think I'm closer to jumping back to my first influences, now that comics is an illustrator's medium. Hopefully all is not lost as I have managed to become a somewhat capable storyteller.
So, what have we learned? What seems easy might actually be the most natural path to follow. Don't second-guess yourself, see where it takes you and trust that in some way you will be better for it.
Nothing good ever came from chasing money.
P.S. What's cool is I just found someone who filmed Juan drawing my sketch!