Yesterday I shared some artwork from a post from last fall for #ThrowbackThursday on Twitter and it gave me the itch to revisit another piece I’d redone several years ago for a similar activity. I didn’t have time for a full-body pose, but even as a portrait it’s interesting to me how much of the original I threw out in my 2005 attempt compared to how much of the original I tried to preserve in this latest iteration.
The original, done somewhere between 1998 and 1999, was part of a small sketchbook I filled all 25 pages of with full-color colored pencil drawings of various anime inspired ladies. It’s the only sketchbook I’ve ever put that much effort into, and sometime I’d love to go back and revisit all of them, but I think that’s a project for another day.
I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly. :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy! You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through. You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way! Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!
Love your art, love yourself!
People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter
Anonymous asked: this blog depresses me instead of being inspiring bc a lot of the artists here haven't improved as much as they should've
I’m sorry to hear that. The point of this blog is to showcase the fact that people do improve and that anyone can do it, and it’s entirely understandable that different people improve at different rates. Some artists might hit a plateau or fall into a rut while others’ quality continues to skyrocket, and that’s alright! The point is that you keep at it anyway, whether that means trying new styles, techniques, and mediums or revisiting the basics.
Rather than using one artist’s improvement as a measuring stick for another, we should all appreciate that these artists are doing their best to get better!