i’ve been thinking about this a lot. it’s something i wish i learned much sooner. it’s something i wish more people knew.
the idea that art has to be any one way is wrong.
your art does not have to be realistic, or look like anyone else’s, or keep up with popular trends.
the idea that you have to be able to draw realism to be a good artist? wrong.
you don’t. you already are a good artist.
everyone has their own style. it’s fine and normal to adopt style choices from other artists, but everyone has their own style, there is no changing that.
and why would you change it?
your style is what makes your art YOURS. it is unique. it is perfect in it’s own way, because it is perfect in it’s style.
draw something. now look at it. you just created something new. a visible projection of your thoughts. something nobody has seen yet, not in the way you present it. isn’t that amazing?
you are so powerful. you can create your own characters, worlds, stories- you can give and take lives and control all that happens in your own universe, through your own beautiful style. that’s incredible!
there is no such thing as bad art. those “bad art”/”bad oc” blogs mean nothing. they are bitter, worthless beings with the intention to hurt you. please don’t fall into their trap.
“okay, so i don’t have to draw realistically, now what?”
get to know your style. familiarize yourself with the shapes and lines. just keep drawing the way you do, maybe making small improvements every now and then. but remember, improvements are just what you think looks better.
nobody can tell you how to make art. nobody can tell you your art is bad, because it isn’t. it’s simply different, and that’s the way it should be.
keep going, okay? it’s amazing to watch people follow their passions, and it crushes me to see them beat down for superficial things.
(note: this does not mean you can be offensive with your art! try not to do that)
Someone irl asked me who was my least favorite artist, and what was my least favorite painting. Well, it doesn’t get much worse than this. “One Nation Under God” by contemporary Christian painter John McNaughton. Absolutely stomach-churning, imo…
I much prefer the “One Nation Under Cthulhu,” the photoshop jewel by unknown.