Oops, my warm up drawing took on a life of it’s own and then moved to stickers and shirts.
Things I Learned at Artist That Weren’t Art.
It will never look exactly like it does in your head, that’s normal. Try not to beat yourself up over that. The best results come from planning out your thoughts by doing things like sketching and writing notes before you get to work proper. It will never, ever be exactly what you saw in your head and it never is for anyone else.
80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. If you put the time and effort into planning and doing things like sketching more than one image and choosing the best, deciding things like lighting before you get ready to actually work on a piece will do a whole lot. Not only for the final result, but also for your own stress level while you are working.
Stop comparing work to other peoples work. It’s great to look to others for inspiration but it’s very easy to start thinking in a way that is destructive and not constructive. You will never be anyone but you and your work will only ever display your own experiences. You can learn from emulating other artist at times but you will never do things to the exact same effect that they do so don’t even bother stressing over it.
Try everything! As a wee artist I wanted to draw anime/manga and that was all, but I found in the end I wasn’t happy with what I was doing. I knew I was missing something, but I didn’t know what. What I was missing was thinking outside the box. I was only drawing what I felt comfortable drawing and I was never really pushing my boundaries. At the time my thinking was that if I wanted to draw an anime girl why would I sit down and draw a still life of a chair? Here’s why: getting outside of what you’re comfortable with and drawing things you might not want to draw, or in a way you might not want to draw lets you bring back a new perspective to what you do love to draw. In the end what you do like to draw will be stronger for it. In the end I found things I wanted to draw more than anime and I could because I had pushed past that boundary.
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. When I was in art school there was a girl in my class who did amazing realistic drawings and I was enthralled. I felt like such a bad artist compared to her. As the year went on we got to see a lot of each others work and I started realizing that neither one of us was a “better artist” we each had strengths and we each had weaknesses. No artist can do it all, so relax about it. Try things and put effort in and if you aren’t great at one thing then try not to sweat it too much.
You will always be your own worse critic. I can’t say this enough, no matter what you make you will always be the most critical of it and that’s a blessing and a curse in one. You will never be satisfied with what you do but that feeling of “I can do this better” will drive you to do better (or at least more to your vision) the next time you put that pencil on that paper. This can be a bad thing if you let it, because you can start to lose perspective on the steps you’ve taken and how much you’ve grown already.