Recently, Monty Oum, known for being the creator of RWBY and Red Vs Blue Seasons 8-10 has passed away on February 1, 2015. To someone I met once(back at A-Kon 2013, one of his autograph signings I went with a friend), he was a great and a hardworking man.
When I first heard of RWBY from my friend and from Monty, I thought it was neat. A while later of getting into it, it's probably one of my top favorite anime. He has done a wonderful job with his own works and being so appreciative to his fans, and had alot of fans appreciate him for his works. People into cosplay, more artwork, etc.
I was influenced by his style of artwork and his style of animation that wanted me to be a better artist, so I continue that dream today so I can show my creativity to the world. Though I feel I could do better, at least I made it. Monty was a man who cares about ideas and creativity from people, and he's great for doing so.
I feel like, when people pass, we talk a lot about what was great about them with lavish praise. The truth is, I wish I could have told him these things right to his face. I wish I could have told him how much, even in the little time we've spent together, that he changed my life and my outlook on work and creativity, on being a good person. For being one of the very few people I can look up to as my inspirations on my hobbies, I can easily refer him.
Fellow artists that think they can be great at being an artist, never doubt yourself. no matter how bad you think it is. Everyone advances in their own styles after lots and lots of time and effort into them. He was taken way too early, but it didn't feel like he would have any regrets about the things he has or hasn't accomplished. That was how he lived his life. He didn't wait for the next day to get something done, and he didn't wait until it was the right moment let someone know he cared. He just did it.
Farewell Monty Oum, Rest in Peace. We all love you and will miss you.
"For it is in passing that we achieve immortality, through this we become a paragon of virtue and glory to rise above all. Infinite in distance and unbound by death, I release your soul, and by my shoulder, protect thee."
-Pyrrha Nikos, The Emerald Forest [RWBY Episode 6]