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Feeling a little underappreciated?

KiokuChan

4-tailed kitsune
I am new here and I created my FA gallery just a few months ago and on DA about one year, and I've to admit i was not very active the last time. But it gets me said that artist with drawing skills from ma kindergarten get more attention - I literally get zero attention, or max. a view views and one or two likes. I'm just at a beginner's level, but this fact make me ask against my will: Is my art so bad that no one is interested in it?

Besides that, I have really a lot of fun with drawing, i like to see other's artworks - there are really al ot of good artists which doesn't get the attention they deserve (including you, your art is really good ;)) - and I like to share my art with other people because I know there are one ore two persons around the world which like one or two of my artworks ;) But there is actualle that one bitter taste....

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I think attention in most cases has almost nothing to do with art quality. It has a lot to do with people being able to find you. You don't just run into various artists all the time, there are so many out there. Most people will go unnoticed. Posting a lot and consistently can help but even that isn't everything. Some people are good at social media, advertising, and getting their name and work out there. I think that's all that recognition really indicates.. and again that's not anyone's fault really. It's a vast sea of people out there.
 

Heppi

The happy one~
I think attention in most cases has almost nothing to do with art quality. It has a lot to do with people being able to find you. You don't just run into various artists all the time, there are so many out there. Most people will go unnoticed. Posting a lot and consistently can help but even that isn't everything. Some people are good at social media, advertising, and getting their name and work out there. I think that's all that recognition really indicates.. and again that's not anyone's fault really. It's a vast sea of people out there.
So true. :)
When I search for art, I can only look for things I already now about. The rest is just random. Person X could create the most amazing art, but I can't look for it on my own. Being active is just really important. Creating art and uploading it is simply not enough to get noticed.
 

Inkstars

Radioactive Monster
Yeah I get the same thing, actually. I see artists with fricken amazing coloring skills, but they have some wiiiiiiiiiildly off anatomy in some part but because it's ~sexy~ or rendered to death, they get a pass? I don't know. Then I make a tiny error, and the world is like O_O FIX THAT. Just keep plugging I guess! Keep posting, keep improving. Advertise on FA. Try to build an audience on socials, know it's just going to take time!
 

tamara590

curious wolf
this.
it really is a shame that some artists get criticized like that while others get praise for basically the same thing. and the socials thing is sadly not easy for everyone, so that makes it harder for some artists to get more noticed. gave you a watch inkstars^^
 

JesterKatz

But, surely you jest.
A bit late to the party, but I don't know if underappreciated is the right word for it. For me anyway. But there are times it can feel discouraging. I do get some faves/likes/etc. once in a while, and while receiving them are appreciated, it's a rather hollow praise to me.

I know that, ideally, you should do art for the sake of doing art. But when you upload something that only gets a cough, while other artists get a lot of attention, it does prick at the self-esteem a little.

Perhaps I am envious, and usually it does motivate me. But there are times it can be highly demotivating too; if nobody cares, then why should I?

Again, ideally art should be done for the sake of doing art. But it's an empty and lonely feeling, when you upload and share your art, only to see others get attention and praise.
 

BossRabbit

Patron Lapin
I haven't drawn this seriously in 15 years so most of my trouble is getting back into it, but I'm also notoriously against skeletons and are never patient enough to make them. I've been forcing myself to do it and it helps, but I really want to get better and be able to draw more complex poses and details.

It makes me ashamed to have to use references because I feel like such a dirty cheater when I do it.
 

Keefur

aka Cutter Cat
I just don't worry about it. I just keep try to improve and mostly do promotional stuff for different cons for free.
I work in photoshop and do mostly parody stuff making things "Furry". Here's one of mine.
 

TheCynicalViet

Well-Known Member
"Feeling a little underappreciated?"

It's more than just a little. I've been posting my doodles and badly drawn art for how many years now and I haven't experienced any growth or support save for a few other artists that have supported me and I genuinely thank them (they get personalized private art on the reg). And to be honest, I don't know why I bother to keep these accounts because I know I'm just screaming into the void but I'm doing the same thing everyday and I'm expecting something to change.

I've already deleted everything off my Deviantart, my Furaffinity, my Twitter, my Reddit, and even most of my posts on these forums. The only place that I found that I sort of enjoy is /ic/ on 4chan but you're anonymous so it doesn't really help. At least, people respond and it doesn't feel like I'm talking to myself all the time.

I know that I could do things to boost myself (fan art and porn but I can't stand drawing either anymore because I realized how vapid it all was). I can't even stand to look at my own art anymore. I don't feel like I'm in an art community. I feel like I'm a stranger among a group of people. And to be honest, I have a lot of contempt for the artists that are doing better than me. I also have contempt for the fans. Aside from the few that I can count on one hand, no one ever helped me when I was a nobody. And now that I'm popular, you're gonna pretend to care? I don't think so. I don't need anyone and I don't need their help.
 
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