Some of you may have seen these before, but here are some thoughtful, inspirational, and light-hearted links that have served as a great reminder to myself to keep doing what I do. Sometimes we need these kind of reminders. They've just been hanging around in my bookmarks, and since I saw a few of these things resurface on tumblr today, I decided now was as good a time as any to share. Studio Shelter "Keep Drawing" Tales Of Mere Existence: "My Favorite Artistic Advice" Super Obvious Secrets I Wish They'd Teach In Art School How to Steal Like an Artist More Drawing Advice than Anyone Wanted Learn How to Fail A Good Quote from Ira Glass This incredible thread
. This guy went from a total beginner to a professional painter and art teacher, and tracked his whole progress here! Creative Types: How to Stop Comparing Yourself to OthersIN SHORT:
Some of those links are a bit contradictory towards each other, mostly because some are the "JUST DO IT" approach and some are "WORK REALLY DAMN HARD," but in the end it's about finding a balance
. Strive to be better, but don't forget that you want to be an artist because you love making art. Buckle down, stop beating yourself up, accept that you will
inevitably screw up and it's okay, try new things, and remember to sometimes just draw for the hell of it.
I can't stress this kind of thing enough. There are times where, like every artist, I really hate
my work, but I know I'll never get better if I stop. Move forward or die trying. I get so many notes from people who are just... so self-defeating with their art, and they just want to give up because they can't be as good as they want right now
. The other day I was asked by a begginner "if I draw every day for a year, will I be as good as you?" and I said "I don't know! Why don't you do it and find out? Regardless of the outcome, improvement will happen." As generic as it sounds, keep trying, don't give up, you will
improve. Patience and practice go hand in hand here.
Don't believe me? Well, okay.Here
is one of my early digital pieces from eight years ago. Even back then I knew it wasn't very good, but I didn't quit. Can you imagine if I had?
Anyway, enough of my rambling. Honestly, I was struggling a bit with art today, but looking at the links above and thinking about this sort of thing got me motivated again.
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