This totally has nothing to do with cool facts, but you are on wig my favorite artists and I wanted to ask a kind of personal question. If an artist started to doubt themselves, and was saying that they might give up art even though you know they enjoy it more than most things, what would you say to them?
I’m not sure what “on wig” means but Imma take it as a compliment?? so thank you for that, that’s amazing <3
Okay so this might be a teensy bit of a long post-
Self doubt, in art, is generated by a lot of things- mostly lack of reward for what you feel is an immense amount of work.
Sometimes it’s negative feedback when you already have such low amounts of neutral or positive feedback.
Sometimes its reaching a slump where you’re personally disappointed in your creations.
So really it depends on the situation. The first one, if the artist is not you, do what you can to leave them feedback and comments.
Even if it’s just emoji spam, I know that even a couple hearts in some tags keeps me going for weeks. You can also do what you can to share their art with others and ask them to share/comment, as well.
If you ARE the artist, asking directly for feedback is a gamble, but sometimes it’s worth it. If you’re just starting off and don’t have a following, try to get your name out there by interacting with people with similar interests and sharing your stuff with them.
If you’re not at a skill level yet where people pay a lot of attention, try to be open for critique so you can improve as fast as possible to get there
(with focus it doesn’t take long, just compare my stuff from even 6 months ago!! and I’ve still got a ways to go, but ya know.. #goals).
You can also do more interesting stuff within your skill level- do something no one else is doing. Weird colors, photo collages, memes, crossovers, etc- stuff that’s more about the content and interest instead of the technical skill.
If you’re suffering from negative feedback, that’s a hard one to recover from.
Tumblrfolk in general have a way of policing art and creations they don’t personally enjoy (including shaming beginner/young/disabled artists for their skill or their expression of themselves that isn’t in line with their view of what art should be!! so cool of you, Tumblr!!), so you’re way more likely to get negative feedback here than say… Twitter. Or Pixiv.
So sometimes the best thing to do is remove yourself from the source of the negativity and just take your stuff where it’s appreciated.
If it’s appreciated nowhere, then maybe you’re drawing something that’s megapromble and should reflect on your actions, hahaha.
No art has an innate right to be appreciated, though it does have a right to exist, if even just for societal commentary. So if you get negative feedback, mostly just listen and judge for yourself whether there’s any merit in it.
If someone is just bitching at you for drawing your favorite ship that they don’t like, then fuck em. They’re the ones having issues with their own emotional expression by being unable to critically examine their limited worldview (this is me pointing especially hard at the antishippers who crucify anyone who ships stuff outside of an upper class white christian moral standpoint!!).
(Though, disclaimer, I’m not defending the stuff that you KNOW is wrong, like pedophilia or rape or murder, I don’t care/mind if you create it but I won’t defend you from negative feedback if you know its evils. But I’ll absolutely defend your JonaDio fluff fic and your right to create it, even if I don’t ship it.)
As far as the doubt coming from within based on disappointment with your perceived skill level- that’s a GOOD THING. In fact, as much as it sucks when it happens, being disappointed in what you make is the BEST THING FOR YOU. It means that you’re finally capable of seeing areas where you can improve, even if your hands can’t mechanically do what your brain is telling them.
If you EVER create something that you like, that means you did something further than your skill level actually reaches and you should be a little wary that you might not be able to repeat it and DON’T let it get you down when you can’t reproduce the results.
I once doodled a headshot that I thought was fairly boring and I submitted it super late at night, not expecting much from it, but still wanted to share it. Today it’s my most popular piece, with thousands upon thousands of notes. People are still reblogging it, and some that aren’t even in the fandom. I have NOT been able to reach that kind of level since, but I have hopes that at some point, I’ll catch up to whatever I did there and surpass it. So I think that’s the kind of mindset you should keep- “I’ll get there.” Patience is key.
Otherwise, if this hypothetical person loves making their art but feel like stopping, maybe they should examine why they love it.
If it’s due to the validation gained when sharing it with people, they just have to put themselves out there and risk feeling like they’re being annoying.
If they love it because it gives them a method of expression, they just gotta keep at it, do your thing!!
If they love it because it gets them recognition and $$$$, then in the words of the great Britney Spears, “You want a hot body? You want a Bugatti? You want a Maserati? You better work bitch.”
And I think that’s the best advice you can give anyone about anything, ever.