when I look at other peoples drawings, their works are really cute looking, and then I go back and look at my stuff, and it’s all… ugh. Not that my stuff is particularly badly drawn, like everyone I have better looking pieces and poorer ones. No, it’s just my drawings aren’t cute at all. What I draw is so awkward looking, even when I aim for cute look. Why might that be?
All right, let me just preface this by saying that I’m usually no good at this kind of stuff and I’m not nearly insightful or wise enough to be giving advice, but I still feel like I should say something about this so here goes. I’ll try to keep it as brief as I can.
I understand how easy it is to feel discouraged as you admire the work of your fellow artists. You always compare, you notice your flaws right away, you begin to doubt your skill and hate your own art. I’ve been there before. Hell, I still go through that and on a regular basis too.
Well, no that’s not all true, I don’t actually hate my art. But doubting and comparing? Yeah, that’s definitely still a habit of mine. Most people go through it, though. In fact, in my personal experience I’ve found that it’s actually pretty common for artists to doubt themselves from time to time.
"You’re your own worst critic". I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase before, yeah? You rant and rave about your "bad" art, point out your mistakes, and everyone around you is like "WTF are you even talking about dude? Your shit is dope as hell.” You feel like whatever you create its just never good enough, but everyone else is awesome. This kind of happens a lot to a bunch of people, but it can get to the point where you might one day actually beleive it and then you’d be in danger of giving up.
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s actually good to feel doubt as long as you don’t over do it. If everyone always thought they were the shit and could do no wrong, then we’d never try new things. Acknowledging our weaknesses, realizing our faults. It drives us to improve, to do better next time. It certainly won’t feel that way 90% of the time, but trust me it helps. You just gotta let it all motivate you rather than depress you.
The bottom line is that while doubting can be good in moderation, what you really need the most of is confidence. Believe that you have what it takes to do better than last time. Try new techniques. Draw things that you’ve been hesitant to try because you’re afraid of messing up, because you will mess up A LOT. I know you know where I’m going with this, failure after failure is the only road to success.
Love the way you draw no matter how good you think everyone else is. If you truly want to improve then that’s exactly what will happen, but you absolutely, ABSOLUTELY need to keep trying. Feelings of frustration, doubt, futility, it’s all part of the struggle. You’re gonna feel these things and it’s gonna suck ass, but it’s so fucking worth it later on. And the best part is that it never ends, we’re constantly growing and so we’re only gonna get better and better as time goes on.
I’ve seen your work darkfalcon. If no one’s told you so far then allow me to be the first to say that you have the potential to go very far. You put in a good bit of time and effort into the things you draw I can tell. But as I’m sure you already know, to get to the levels you really want to be at you’ve got to practice your ass off.
I know all of this isn’t a real answer to your original question, but the reason I’m saying this in the first place is because this is honestly more of a response to what I’ve been noticing in some of your more recent posts. I could be completely wrong on this but it seems like you might be losing faith in your art ability lately. Now like I said before, those feelings aren’t uncommon at all and I’m sure you’d eventually move past it on your own, but still I felt I should say something just in case.
Be comfortable with yourself, you draw just fine and it’ll only get better over time. :)
- an almost complete stranger. sleepysketcher.
Also, to the anon who requested some zorobin (if you’re even reading this) Don’t worry that’s still coming, it’s just gonna take little longer than expected.
Sorry about that.
When I can’t even manage to draw a half-decent picture of MY OWN frickin characters, that’s when I know I’ve fallen into a slump/block.