-You don’t get better at drawing by avoiding drawing until you are better at drawing.
- You don’t have to make a new masterpiece every day it’s okay if all you drew is a doodle of a bug. You are now +1 bug doodle better at doodling bugs.
- Also it’s okay if the thing you drew didn’t turn out very good. Everything you draw makes you one step closer to being able to draw good. You are still +1 step better at drawing whatever you drew no take backsies.
- You are the only person who knows if your art didn’t turn out as good as you wanted it to. You are the only person who can see the things in your art that weren’t what you imagined in your head. No one else will know unless you tell them.
- Comparing yourself to other artists just isn’t fair. You get to see all of your art, the best stuff and the worst stuff. You usually only get to see the best stuff other artists make. You don’t get to see that half drawn badly propotioned face they drew at 2 am and immediately scrapped. So don’t compare your badly drawn 2 am face to their best work.
- Just keep making art. The only way you can really fail is if you give up.
This is a nice motivational post. However, I still feel like I’m not on the same level as the artists I look up to. It saddens me that when people make a 5 second doodle, it gets flooded with endless comments, likes, reblogs, favs, etc., but when I make something that I put my time, effort, heart, and soul into, it always goes unnoticed. I’ll be lucky to get at most five of any type of feedback within a week. I just feel like no matter how hard I try to make everything I do a masterpiece, people just don’t care.
Hello there friend! Sorry to single you out here, but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen comments like this and I feel like this is really important to talk about.
I’m not going to tell you that notes are meaningless and you should only care about making art because you love art. That’s a silly argument. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting recognition for your work. Looking up to your favorite artists and wanting the same response to your art that they get can be a good motivator. If notes are what keep you going, then use them for all the motivation you can get from them!
But if it gets to a point where you’re feeling jealous and bitter and sad instead or inspired and motivated…If it’s actually preventing you from drawing, it’s no longer a good thing and you might need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Every artist gets a little jealous. Those artists that you look up to? They’re also looking up to artists who are even better than they are. And those artists are looking up to better artists too! And I’ll bet you that every one of them has looked at their faves and wished they could be on the same level.
The nice thing about art though, is that there’s really no level that’s impossible to reach. If you keep practicing, eventually you CAN be just as good as your fave artists. And sure, by that time they’ll probably be even better, but that’s not the point. You’re both at different points in your own personal artistic timelines. They’re farther along than you are at this moment, but that doesn’t mean you will never be at that point yourself. And if you go backwards on their timeline, at one point they were at the same level that you are at now. Those five second doodles didn’t come from nothing. They’re actually the product of years and years of practice and dedication. If you stay dedicated and keep practicing, one day you’ll be able to do that too. Just keep doing what you love. Keep putting your time, effort, heart and soul into. It’s hard at first when it seems like no one cares, I know, but if you keep at it, eventually people will start to take notice. Just keep drawing friend.