A while ago I had a little chat with someone about my online classes, and about her art. She told me that she hasn't got a style of her own and gets frustrated about it often. I totally understand the frustration, but at the same time, even though I never saw any of her work, I knew she was being too hard on herself.
Just like we all have our own handwriting, our style, even when still developing (I sure hope so, because as an artist, you're never 'done' learning and developing), we also have our own style. Even if it's not that distinct (yet)
Searching for the right path, the right way and the most suitable skills and techniques, you might just be overlooking that 'je ne sais quoi' that is solely yours.
And then there's this too: as an artist, you gotta give yourself some credit!
Of course, you need to be your own critic about what you make, but also: there's always that inner critic that can really nag inside your head, and put you down. Saying that what you're doing is crap, or should be perfect.
I bet you know what I'm talking about.
I found this quote by Harriet Braiker, that I think is very suitable:
'Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing'.
Do you love the quote as much as I do?
Let's just stop perfectionism. It's not like it's going to bring us anywhere than in frustration mode.
If you want, I can give you a little push in the right direction, by handing you practical tips and teaching you about various drawing skills that can make you more confident about your art. on March 17, my online drawing course 'Just Draw It' starts, and you can join in the 5 weeks of drawing fun for only $99
Want to know more? Click here to read about the course and enroll today!
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