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Zachary McLean
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
I was born in Calgary, Canada, where I taught myself how to draw and paint. I now reside in Vancouver, British Columbia and work as a concept designer and illustrator in the Animation, VFX and Game industries. I've worked in-studio at two Animation/VFX companies and spent several years working freelance. My focus is environment background illustration and concept art. I'm constantly looking to work on new and exciting projects. If you'd like to work together, please contact me.


Talent or just time well spent working at a skill?

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 17, 2012, 7:12 PM
Written by Zachary McLean

Some say I have talent, but I call it time well spent, working hard at a skill. I personally define talent as something that doesn't take practice to be good at something, whether it's sports, art, or any other activity. Having a skill takes commitment, determination, and a mindset that doesn't just look at the present, but also the future.

Gaining a skill to a professional level, without a doubt takes hard work. You go through easier times, and fall into more difficult ones too. In my own opinion, spending years at one skill, is much more beneficial than spending smaller amounts of time on multiple different skills. I have met many people that have said that they have no talent or hobbies, because they have never committed to anything. They bounce from one activity to another, and never take the time to actually see if they enjoy or like whatever the activity might be.

No one gets good at something overnight, however anyone who takes the time to try and achieve a goal, will become successful and eventually achieve it.

I have spent hundreds of hours working at becoming a better artist. I'm committed, I'm determined, and I have goals and future plans that help me to keep moving towards my dreams. I keep spending more time to increase my skill and It's not just a natural aptitude, however I'm not saying that people don't have natural skills, or talents, because people do. It's just that, the natural ability doesn't determine whether you can be good at something or not. It takes hard work, to be good at any and all skills.

Take time, work hard, and commit to your dream or skill. You don't have to be a natural, but instead skills will develop with time.

Talent: Natural aptitude or skill.

Skill: Time spent to have the ability to do something well; expertise.

At least every month, I hope to have a new Journal/blog entry. Feel free to make suggestions on topics!

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Awstein Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Great gallery! You have a lot of imagination, browsing through your pieces is really like being ushered into a whole new world... I'll be watching for more!
SirNickolai Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have some pretty inspiring stuff here
ZacharyMcLean Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, it inspires me to receive comments like this.
jml2art Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree with reyj O.O holyyy !! your works are amazingggg , my friend how are you i hope you are fine, thank you very much for all your support, comments and favorites in past competitions, now I'm with a new participation to another level but i need your help if you do not mind can you please vote for my design in threadless with 5 score [link] and check the box If This get email made me work hard in this this is a unique Designs I had never worked like this I worked really hard on this design, if you liked my previous designs is going I think you will like this thank you very much for your support i hope you like
ZacharyMcLean Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
no problem.. I will see what I can do.
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