I need to re-learn how to draw for fun again. Ever since I finished school I’ve been so positively afraid of not making full illustrations, not being witty enough, not being substantial enough, not being enough that I can hardly look at my sketchpad without a…
Thanks guys. I have such a harsh filter set up for what I can and can’t draw with my time, it’s become ridiculous. I’m like actively sucking the enjoyment out of it because I’m not critical of my art level per se (well, I’m critical, but I’m not as intimidated by that! I see that I still have a long way to go, but that’s a challenge I’m happy to rise to), but rather if I’m creative enough, and then I shoot down all my ideas until I have nothing left. It’s become a really vicious cycle that I’m trying to break! I think I’m just going to try and draw more and stress less about the subject matter.
Thank you both so much for taking the time to talk to me about this. <3
ANYTIME KYLA u H u gotta stick up and support each other eyyyyy
But opps some last min stuff!! gf saw the post so she wanted me to pass it along /o/
Maybe you can try your favorite artist’s style !! Usually fine arts, but bring up an image you really really like and try to bring that into you own art, using the same style of coloring and maybe even the color itself. You get really absorbed in it and also you learn so much in the process bec you’ll learn to experiment and also the usage of colors. It’ll really fill up your need to make it professional/do better while making it fun.
The best way to make you feel good about a doodle if you’re running on low self esteem or confidence is making sure that its worth the time. And your practice drawing would most likely turn out to be more satisfying?? than your other ones because you practiced using the art piece you really admired.
It worked a lot for her so she hopes it works for you too!! /o/
I need to re-learn how to draw for fun again. Ever since I finished school I’ve been so positively afraid of not making full illustrations, not being witty enough, not being substantial enough, not being enough that I can hardly look at my sketchpad without a sense of dread. Which sucks, because I love drawing, but I keep stopping myself with the feeling that I need to do something more and that simply sketching or drawing for me isn’t good enough.
I have a problem with taking things too seriously, and I forget that in my mad dash to be a professional that I’m human and that the entire reason I want to do this professionally is because it’s something I love and brings me joy.
I need to remember this more.
I’ve been there too Kyla, I think I am there right now as well. It’s a hard habit to break through, that’s for sure but I’m also sure that you can power through this. Maybe try drawing some fanart, little doodles of things you love, at least give you the chance to enjoy your own skill by rewarding yourself. Of course it’s just an idea, but it’s better than nothing.
Its always a struggle of like… finding the balance between being content with your art and being aware that you still have far to go u know? Landing in either one puts you in an awk place of stagnation because you either think whats the point?? or get too lazy to challenge yourself to improve.
And sometimes u just have to push yourself into drawing things because finding inspiration is difficult in itself. Esp for us that aren’t studying anymore, our main concern is $$$, and these pics we do don’t really contribute to that.
But it is for fun and we do it because we love it. Its a very simple reason but it is the most important one. /o/
When you feel like stopping, you need to remember why you started in the first place— you’ve been there so now the only way you should go is up /o/ even small doodles can make you learn new things. Big or small— you just need to keep on pushing yourself and drawing until you get your groove back. ITS GONNA COME BACK TRUST ME !!
I agree with glory though, maybe try combining things that you love?? Find something interesting you wanna try. You worked so hard to polish your skill to be able to draw anything you wanna, so why stop now 8)9
You got this Kyla!! /o/ and o— maybe do those redraws from XXyear to see how far you’ve come ?? but gosh this reply has gotten a bit long o<-< I hope it helps somewhat o<———<