Thank you so much for your amazing message about my art and for trying to cheer me up a bit <3
In spite of all the very kind messages, PMs and notes I receive here on Tumblr but also on Live Journal and Deviant Art of people telling me that my art is great and that they love it, I am often deeply unsatisfied with what I draw. Well, I am satisfied when I post my work but it doesn’t last. I know I am the only one who focuses on the flaws and that it’s COMPLETELY ridiculous but I can’t help it. In addition, I make the mistake to always compare my works to the ones of professional illustrators. Well, not just any professional illustrators but the kind of artists who are published in books like 200 best illustrators worldwide or Illustration now. Stupid, isn’t it? I am aware of it, I know I have ridiculously high standards I will never reach but hey, I carry on doing it. As my dad says: “Stupidity always insists” xD
Conveying emotions is hard so I am always very surprised when people tell me that my art convey something and that it makes them sad, happy, or all go AwwwWwWWww. I guess it’s the same thing for writing. Writing is hard :/
Good luck to you if you are writing something <3
Thank you so much for your great message about my works!! I’m glad you enjoy this Tumblr so much. If you are interested, I organized them in a “my art” tag <3
What’s the most difficult part for you when it comes to finish one peice of art work?
The most difficult thing isn’t really finishing, it’s starting, composing the picture, choosing the palette, finding the right reference pictures to help you xD I never start an art when I can’t “see” it in my head. It’s an advise I took from my aunt, an art teacher: “If you can conceive it inside your head, you can conceive it on the paper” (I’m sorry about the poor translation, I’m French). Long story short, I know where I go even if very often, the result doesn’t live up my expectations xD
However, when it comes to finishing, I would say that the difficult part is to be able to say “Stop. This art over” and not to add one more highlight, one more hair strand, one more little tree at the back. It’s a thing you feel with time even if after posting your work, you can’t help thinking “Argh, I should have drawn the eyelashes a bit better” or “Maybe a little shadow on the wall would have been better”. I tend to wait 3 or 4 days before posting a finished art so that I can fix tiny details here and there but it doesn’t avoid disappointment afterwards, unfortunately.
Do you ever ran into situations like you constantly feel dissatisfied about your work and how do you deal with it?
Of course! All the time!! I remember I drew this doodle one day to laugh about my constant dissatisfaction about my art. When I browse my LJ or my Tumblr to look at some of my old works, all I can see are the flaws and I am tempted to delete everything, even recent drawings because “OMG, why the hell did I post that?”. I tend to focus on ridiculous details I am the only one to see. I have ridiculously high standards. People think I am nuts. My BF and some of my friends have saved from the trash a lot of art like this one or this one.
How do I deal with it? I never really deal with it xD I sigh and I try not to feel too many regrets because if you start thinking “I love this art but I know that in only 3 days away, I’m not gonna be that satisfied about it anymore”, it’s not worth posting on the Internet ^^;; I just draw, post, sigh…again and again ^^
What would be your advice to give to a beginner if she/he really wants to excel in it?^^
Very simple advice:
- Practice, all the time. Sketch, doodle, draw. Anything (in a sketchbook or in Photoshop): teapots, chairs, faces, houses, cat, dog, etc..Everything is good! To sketch I use pencils and even ballpoint pen.
- Follow tutorials. There’s always something to learn! There are pretty good tutorials on Youtube and in books like Digital Art Masters - Techniques. You can learn a lot by watching artists draw live on Livestream too.
- Learn to compose a picture and a palette. There are rules and it’s good to know them :) Anatomy is a bitch, practice it too.
- Be patient. Really. Don’t give up. There’s gonna be a phase where you are going to stagnate. You are not gonna improve or really slowly and a lot of people give up during that difficult time. Don’t. It won’t last forever. It’s HARD, it’s BORING but hang in there ^^
I hope it helped! ^o^