So, for some reason I came across that “artist confessions” site and read some stuff that inspired me to write this.
Yep, art is hard. Sometimes it’s a lot harder for some people than it is for others, but here’s the thing: We’re all born with the ability to create art, but its up to YOU to cultivate that ability throughout your life.
Now I get that not everyone has the same opportunities to learn this stuff or have access to tools and resources to help them, but by golly, if you have internet access/library access, a pencil, and a piece of paper, you can get better.
So here’s some tough love tips:
- STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHER ARTISTS:
I know you’ve heard this one, but do you listen?
Seriously, stop that shit. I used to do it too back in the day and it was demotivating, depressing, and just childish. Focus on gaining inspiration from artists that you admire and use that positive energy to draw something. Try to mimic their technique or study their style a bit.
It’s just not fair for you to compare yourself to someone whose been honing their art skills for 20+ years. Some of you probably haven’t even been alive that long so just stop it, stop it now!
- YOU Are Your Own Worst Enemy:
Yeah, I’m talking about 'you'. That inner asshole inside you who berates everything you create and tells you to burn things and weep in the corner unproductively.
Stop beating yourself up every time you draw something and it doesn’t come out quite right. Instead of making yourself depressed and moping around, try to analyze why you think something looks wrong and then actively work towards fixing it for the next picture you draw.
For example, say the angle of the face you drew looks off, maybe its because you don’t quite understand the structure of the human head. We have addressed the problem, now go look up some anatomy tutorials or just pictures of people’s faces and draw them A LOT!
- Age Doesn’t Matter:
Sure, it helps to start honing your art skills at an earlier age, but honestly it doesn’t matter when you start. All that matters is that you keep at it as long as it makes you happy. The moment you give up is the moment you stop improving at all.
Artists should constantly be learning, no matter how old they are.
- Don’t Expect Big Things Right Away:
Oh boo hoo, you’re not getting 20+ comments and hundreds of favs on every image you post? So what, that’s it? No insta fame of some kind so you’re done?
Maybe art isn’t really what you should be doing then because you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. If you have to force yourself to make art and it feels like a heavy burden then it’s probably not for you.
However, if it makes you excited when you complete an image, then be happy that you finished something. Every image, no matter how shitty it looks, is progress. EVERY SINGLE ONE. So what if thousands of people don’t see it? It might suck not to get recognized, but give yourself a little pat on the back for a personal achievement. If you keep at it, one day you’ll build a small fan base and get those comments and favs and whatever. But here is the thing, you gotta keep going. Like with anything in life, you will get no where if you don’t keep trying.
My point is, stop letting negative stuff keep you from doing what you enjoy.
- Just F*cking Do It:
Stop with the excuses, jealousy, and whining. You wanna get good at drawing? Then sit your ass down and friggen DO IT. Whining doesn’t make you a better artist, constant drawing and studying does.
HEY, HEY! You know what the biggest message I keep repeating in all of these so called run of the mill tips I’m spewing out?
KEEP F*CKIN DRAWING!
Seriously, there is no secret to getting good at drawing, there is no one magical way to do it. It takes time, lots and lots of time.
You just have to do it, FOR LIFE. That’s it.
*TL;DR - SUCK IT UP AND F*CKING DRAW!!!*
(Now everyone’s gonna be all, “Kumi you’re so mean!”)