I'm no artist myself (I'm terrible), but I do know what it's like to fall behind while others excel. Try and get tips. If you see somebody and you think to yourself 'Wow. That person's drawing is way better than mine' then ask for some drawing tips. You'd be surprised how many of their drawing tips they're willing to give. Don't worry too much if you're not as good as others because the fact is somebody will always be better than you. Also, they were where you are at now at some point. They had to work to get where they are now. The good thing is that you're also always going to be better than others as well. Don't take your drawing skills for granted. You can also just ask others for feedback. Does this look good? How can I improve? Etc. Always find ways to get better and keep at it!
Yeah you're right in the grand scheme of things that we all improve at different times but I guess the reason why I feel very "eh" is that I've been on art social media since 2004 and it just feels like I'm not at the level I should be and then I come across artists who improve in like 2-3 years tops and it's like, "Well dang" lol
Oh, I have. As a starving artist for about 5 or 6 years, it's been difficult for me as an artist. I was very unsatisfied with my art since it's not up to level with many professional artists, but it's mostly due to my art style, which is a reason why my art lacks traffic. I have no idea how to change my art style and trying to come up with a new one is much harder than it needs to be.
I've been slowly becoming more satisfied with my art slowly, but surely. And then there is that harsh reality that my audience is non-existent and my commissions almost never sell really hurts me hard and it just makes me want to cry. I tried everything to get my commissions to sell and to reach out to the public, but it seems that I'm pretty unlucky.
Oh I hear you on feeling not at the level you should be. It's like a yo-yo effect. One moment you're happy with where you are and will be if you keep at it but on another day you feel like your work just isn't good at all... It can send the mind of a loop...
Yeah, learning a new style can be a challenge because you've gotten used to how you do things a certain way and to unlearn it can feel impossible.
I never feel like giving up on drawing because I draw for myself. Drawing is basically the only thing keeping me tied due to my diagnosed mental illnesses. If I don't draw, I can get pretty unhinged and have an emotional breakdown.
That doesn't mean I share everything, though. You're completely right about it being disheartening to put work into something you love only to have it ignored. I very rarely post personal artwork online, because I feel like everything I spend hours of effort on gets passed up. It's really painful to pour your heart into something and see that it has the lowest views of any other recent work.
I just don't post anything I love and care about online. It's less painful that way.
Yeah I can relate to art being therapeutic as I get those kinda feelings as well if I don't draw for a good while (really bad when it happens during an art block..) Yeah, I can see how not sharing your art online could be a beneficial thing to one's psych and there are times where I feel like maybe not uploading but I go against it because I want to keep my gallery active despite not getting much of any views.
Honestly? All the time because I'm a huge mess of mental issues, mixed with (the now occasional) lack of self-confidence and self-doubt that always hovers somewhere to stab me in the back when I least expect it.
And art is the only thing that I worked my mentally ill butt off of, but I compare myself to every artist out in the (anime world) existence because their art is much better than mine in terms of skill and quality. Though, every time I try to quit, I still get that urge to draw, or those ideas find a way to pop into my head and bother me, that I end up drawing it out despite it coming out like dirt (but that's where I 'improve it' later).
At the moment, I'm working on a lot of things at once and I'm making sure to try and go at my own place, and not get stressed and overwhelmed for myself.
Again, can relate with art being something that helps with mental issues but yeah, trying not to compare yourself to others is very hard not to do lol... But yeah I guess all we really can do is keep trying and practicing at the end of the day.
Never totally. I take breaks from time to time but I need art. I always seem to have more issues when I haven’t had time to be creative lately.
Definitely 100% relatable.
I already have, can't say I'm to bothered by it.
Really? How long did you draw before you retired?