60 notes

2

“Julie, sensing my nerves, took hold of my hand and held it throughout the session. It must have taken her days to recover the use of it afterwards, I had squeezed so hard. No matter how diligently I’d slugged away at my lessons, I was still untrained as a singer.”

In Spite of Myself: A Memoir By Christopher Plummer

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I realize now how very short life is, because I’ve got to be considered to be in the home stretch. But I won’t waste time on recriminations and regrets. And the same goes for my shortcomings and my own failures.

Eldred Gregory Peck (April 5th, 1916 - June 12th, 2003)

there are real reasons why doodles often get more notes than the drawings we spend far more time on.

as beginner and non-professional artists, we have flaws. these flaws become more noticeable the longer we spend on a piece and the more we flesh out the imperfections that we don’t know how to fix. the more effort you put into something, the more obvious it is where you need to improve. just consider the difference between drawing something like this (i’ll use my own art as an example)

and this.

as soon as i added lighting, a background, another character, etc, it became obvious where i rushed it. the lighting is sloppy, the lineart is wonky, etc. that’s why the first drawing got 300 notes and the second one got 50.

another reason why doodles are more popular is that doodles are fun to draw, and fun to look at. compare this

to this

the first one got 60 notes and the second one got 300. it’s because the second one shows more emotion, and because i wasn’t focused on making it look perfect, it’s more fun to look at. there are no distracting flaws or backgrounds - it’s simpler.

so, to summarize: doodles get more notes than finished pieces because 

a. finished pieces from beginner artists are never perfect, and 

b. art is often more pleasing to look at when the artist is not focused on perfection.

there are other reasons but i think these are generally the main ones.