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Do you ever feel like giving up on Art?

Ratchetjak

Ratchetjak
I mean personally, I don't think I'll ever stop drawing because I've been doing it for so long and I do enjoy it but sometimes I just look around at other artists and see how fast they improve and get feedback on their work and then I look at my own work and I can't help but feel that I'm falling behind.

I know that people say you should draw for yourself and not for others and I think that's sound advice but it's also fun to get some feedback on your art and when you don't get it all that much, it can admittedly bring you down, at least that's how I feel and sometimes I wonder if I should even still post my art on my sites since it feels like unless you do nothing but fan art, no one will bother looking.

But that's just my opinion. What about you guys?
 

Cloak7017

New Member
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!
 

MikeTheBrownFox

Starving Artist
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.
 

malibu

Well-Known Member
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.
 

Fiorabeast

Always ill as hell
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.
 

Skychickens

Late Healer Ferret
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.
 

Yvvki

Sassy lesser panda.
I have been feeling like this lately. My method is just do a bunch of sketches when you listen to some good music. It helps get ideas and bring out creativity...

Where I fall down is I have a hard time figuring out pose ideas... or I will really like a pose but my character won't work with it. XD

I'm self taught so I always feel behind... so I get that...

As for viewers... just keep posting and try to get your face out there. Wether you just post on the forums or try to get to know other artists. ☆
 
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Deleted member 82554

Guest
I already have, can't say I'm to bothered by it.
 

Ratchetjak

Ratchetjak
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?
 
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Deleted member 111470

Guest
2 weeks ago I set myself a goal - to draw my frusona in a similar style every day for a month and see if I get an improvement or not. I often hear people say "well you can learn to draw if you practice enough" and I've decided to put this to the test. I already want to give up because there's no improvement whatsoever, and whoever says that you don't need to be born with the ability to draw is a liar. As with anything else in life, you are born with predisposition to be good at certain things and not so good in others.

But I'm halfway done, today is day number 15. I won't stop doing this just because it's not good. Although it is discouraging to see that I've almost certainly reached the end of my ability to draw.
 
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Ratchetjak

Ratchetjak
2 weeks ago I set myself a goal - to draw my frusona in a similar style every day for a month and see if I get an improvement or not. I often hear people say "well you can learn to draw if you practice enough" and I've decided to put this to the test. I already want to give up because there's no improvement whatsoever, and whoever says that you don't need to be born with the ability to draw is a liar. As with anything else in life, you are born with predisposition to be good at certain things and not so good in others.

But I'm halfway done, today is day number 15. I won't stop doing this just because it's not good. Although it is discouraging to see that I've almost certainly reached the end of my ability to draw.

Draw in the same style? Like imitate someone else's style?
 

Fiorabeast

Always ill as hell
Oh, also apologies for not answering come of your questions in your original post, but nowadays for me, I just avoid trying to post up my own works because doing that does more mental damage than anything for me. Especially, since people just gravitate to fan art, porn or both only and don't appreciate how we put in a lot of effort into our own characters and stuff. I only post up something if it's kind of funny (like some kind of short comic) or if it's from people I'm doing commissions or free art with only. Otherwise I just don't bother at all and just concentrate on mainly doing custom drawing orders while doing my own thing at the side.
Honestly, I don't like the thought of posting fan art, as even though you CAN make friends that way, BUT it just brings in too many people that just expects you to draw THAT only and not appreciate the other things you do, especially if it's from a REALLY popular show since honestly those type of huge fanbases scare the heck out of me.
 

Casey Fluffbat

E. Fuscus from the discount section
I never tried to keep up with anyone, but I have disappointed myself many times with my inability to draw certain things and my propensity to avoid help (sounds like it answers itself, doesn't it?). But yeah, that was an extremely high bar I set expecting to do it all myself, which I will say got me farther than I thought it would.

I've fallen out of it because it no longer seems enjoyable. Perhaps it's just my current state of mind.
 
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Deleted member 111470

Guest
Draw in the same style? Like imitate someone else's style?

No, as in have my fursona wearing a similar outfit in a similar pose. I try to switch things up a bit but the idea is that the drawing should have a common theme.
 
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Zamietka

Guest
Hmm not really, I wouldn't know what to do with my free time if I gave up on it completely. But there are long periods when I don't draw any detailed full art, working so long on something that you know isn't as good as someone else would make it is a bit discouraging.
But I would say, if you draw mostly for yourself - it's much harder to give up on it :3
 

Ratchetjak

Ratchetjak
Oh, also apologies for not answering come of your questions in your original post, but nowadays for me, I just avoid trying to post up my own works because doing that does more mental damage than anything for me. Especially, since people just gravitate to fan art, porn or both only and don't appreciate how we put in a lot of effort into our own characters and stuff. I only post up something if it's kind of funny (like some kind of short comic) or if it's from people I'm doing commissions or free art with only. Otherwise I just don't bother at all and just concentrate on mainly doing custom drawing orders while doing my own thing at the side.
Honestly, I don't like the thought of posting fan art, as even though you CAN make friends that way, BUT it just brings in too many people that just expects you to draw THAT only and not appreciate the other things you do, especially if it's from a REALLY popular show since honestly those type of huge fanbases scare the heck out of me.

Oh no problem! Yeah I totally get you and sometimes I feel like doing the same but I just like sharing my original work even if it hardly gets attention. Your second paragraph is exactly why I don't want to become a Porn artist because if I resorted to just drawing porn, that would be the only thing people expect from me and well, my main interest lies with character design/illustration so that is just... Not a good idea for me. And I hear you on the fan art as well because I learned this the hard way. Back around 2012 to 2015, I did nothing but mainly fan art and it definitely netted me a lot of attention but the moment I cut back on it, my views plummeted and I was just absolutely taken by surprise by that. :/

I never tried to keep up with anyone, but I have disappointed myself many times with my inability to draw certain things and my propensity to avoid help (sounds like it answers itself, doesn't it?). But yeah, that was an extremely high bar I set expecting to do it all myself, which I will say got me farther than I thought it would.

I've fallen out of it because it no longer seems enjoyable. Perhaps it's just my current state of mind.

Ah I see, fair enough then.

Hmm not really, I wouldn't know what to do with my free time if I gave up on it completely. But there are long periods when I don't draw any detailed full art, working so long on something that you know isn't as good as someone else would make it is a bit discouraging.
But I would say, if you draw mostly for yourself - it's much harder to give up on it :3

Haha I definitely can relate. I've been drawing for so long as well and at this point, I don't see myself completely stopping neither. It's hard to not compare yourself though, I must admit but that's just the twist of having the social art media haha.
 

tastyteef

New Member
Sometimes, but I just keep striving and pushing on. I mix it up with a bit of fanart and some original content so I have fun drawing both :D
I regret stopping drawing between 4th-7th grade bc of my low self esteem, but I'm much better now and drawing makes me happy and holds a place dear to me.
 

Fiorabeast

Always ill as hell
Oh no problem! Yeah I totally get you and sometimes I feel like doing the same but I just like sharing my original work even if it hardly gets attention. Your second paragraph is exactly why I don't want to become a Porn artist because if I resorted to just drawing porn, that would be the only thing people expect from me and well, my main interest lies with character design/illustration so that is just... Not a good idea for me. And I hear you on the fan art as well because I learned this the hard way. Back around 2012 to 2015, I did nothing but mainly fan art and it definitely netted me a lot of attention but the moment I cut back on it, my views plummeted and I was just absolutely taken by surprise by that. :/

Ouch, I'm sorry that you had to experience that! But yeah, even though for some odd reason I suck at drawing human fanart, that's why I don't want to post fanart or draw any of it anymore (even if it's a porn version of it), because of that happening and just making me feel like my art is only 'good' to the people in that area and nothing else. Which is why if I ever DO draw that stuff, I just won't post it up ever and only show it to people close to me only. And I'm also more into creating my own characters and stories artist here too.
I think what kind of did it for me was one time I drew a popular game character and posted it on my old Pixiv account once. Someone told me it got reposted to tumblr without my permission and I had to confront the person who did that. Unfortunately, I wish I wasn't that nice at the time as I didn't know anything about handling that type of thing, but as a result THAT got a LOT of notes while the one I posted up later on the same site got LESS so yeah... I found out that fandom, especially popular ones in the west I feel, are kind of impolite and unappreciative jerks to a lot of artists that won't draw their 'favorite thing' or just think it's easy to steal from an artist from Japan and they won't get found out sadly.
 

Ratchetjak

Ratchetjak
Sometimes, but I just keep striving and pushing on. I mix it up with a bit of fanart and some original content so I have fun drawing both :D
I regret stopping drawing between 4th-7th grade bc of my low self esteem, but I'm much better now and drawing makes me happy and holds a place dear to me.
Yeah I think doing both interchangeably is the best way to go for exposure and maybe some day the people watching will be interested too see your original stuff.

Ouch, I'm sorry that you had to experience that! But yeah, even though for some odd reason I suck at drawing human fanart, that's why I don't want to post fanart or draw any of it anymore (even if it's a porn version of it), because of that happening and just making me feel like my art is only 'good' to the people in that area and nothing else. Which is why if I ever DO draw that stuff, I just won't post it up ever and only show it to people close to me only. And I'm also more into creating my own characters and stories artist here too.
I think what kind of did it for me was one time I drew a popular game character and posted it on my old Pixiv account once. Someone told me it got reposted to tumblr without my permission and I had to confront the person who did that. Unfortunately, I wish I wasn't that nice at the time as I didn't know anything about handling that type of thing, but as a result THAT got a LOT of notes while the one I posted up later on the same site got LESS so yeah... I found out that fandom, especially popular ones in the west I feel, are kind of impolite and unappreciative jerks to a lot of artists that won't draw their 'favorite thing' or just think it's easy to steal from an artist from Japan and they won't get found out sadly.

Oh man I'm so sorry that happened, some people can just be some aggravating when they repost someone's work without their permission. But yeah, people who do fan art are more prone to having that happen but that can happen even with original characters who have a unique appearance and well the best way t combat this is watermark/signature your work somewhere so at the very least, people can trace it back to the original .
 

MoguMoguArt

In love with cheese
I sometimes just look at my latest art and think "hecc i should just quit, this stinks" but i always return back to my art again
Because i just can't stop coming up with these creative ideas. I just HAVE to draw.
 

HistoricalyIncorrect

Well-Known Member
I do not, I cannot find time lately for it and also my motivation has went lower, Has anyone got any ideas how to change it?
 

Ratchetjak

Ratchetjak
I sometimes just look at my latest art and think "hecc i should just quit, this stinks" but i always return back to my art again
Because i just can't stop coming up with these creative ideas. I just HAVE to draw.

Haha yeah, I can definitely relate to that.

I do not, I cannot find time lately for it and also my motivation has went lower, Has anyone got any ideas how to change it?

I think the only way is to just... Draw lol Like start simple with little sketches, nothing fancy or polished and the bug may hit you again.
 
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