Creating art, creating in general is really stressful and really scary and potentially really, really painful. For a variety of reasons.
I know a lot of you probably hear “you just need to draw everyday, you just need to make mistakes” and think that’s easier said than done. I’ve thought that, I still think that sometimes. Making mistakes can be scary, and if you view art as something near and dear to your heart, being unable to produce what you feel you’re capable of or should be capable of can really fuckin’ destroy you.
Please, please, please just be patient with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Work your way up, walk before you can run. You don’t need to draw a finished piece every day, just jot down a concept, make some lines, just move a pencil and remind yourself you want to improve and you will improve and you’ll do it at the pace that’s best for you. If you have to walk away from art for a little while, walk away from it. Leave it alone, do something else, regroup yourself. Be patient with yourself. It’s taken me four years to finally use all the information I’ve collected and genuinely look at it and fuck up with it. It’s taken me four years to actually at least look at a sketchbook daily without immediately quitting.
Ask a lot of questions, get to a point where you’re comfortable making mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and realize you can only get better and there’s not a finish line with creating. Most importantly, know that it’s okay to praise yourself and be proud of yourself, it really, really, really is. It’s uplifting and contagious and you deserve to feel proud no matter what.
Please, please, please encourage your fellow creatives too.