Hi there. You probably won't read this, but if you do I would really like some advice from such talented artist like you. I love drawing and honestly I'm not so very good at times. So when I get discouraged over details that I'm not getting well at in a drawing, what do you recommend I do? One day I wish to make my own graphic novel, but how can I become better at drawing if I get easily discouraged. Where do you find the motivation to draw so well? If you have any helpful advice, I'm all ears
Hello anon! Even though I’m not able to reply to most of my Asks, I do read all of them and really appreciate when people send them. <3
Anyway, I get discouraged at times too, especially if I compare myself to others. But the first thing I try to remember is that instead of feeling like I’ll never be that good, I use their art as a learning tool instead and study what I like about it. (Many artists also have tutorials and videos that are invaluable)
Probably the most important thing is to just keep drawing. Draw A LOT. Studying art tutorials and books will help you learn new skills, but drawing is the only way you’ll actually improve.
Do as many pictures as you can from start to finish. Sketches and doodles help you improve too, but going all the way to a fully finished picture (whether black and white or fully colored) is how you’ll figure out a stable work flow.
Have fun with your art. If you’re not having fun you’re not going to want to do it. Find something you LOVE to draw, something you’re really passionate about, whether it’s fan art from your favorite fandom, original characters, portraits, etc. If you don’t love it, drawing will be harder than it should be.
Some people draw in silence, but me, I need music. On days when I’m sitting in front of the computer staring at Photoshop and not really feeling it, I turn on my go-to drawing playlist, try to blank out my mind, and just draw. I have several types of drawing playlists, each designed to help me either get focused or get pumped!
Find something that helps inspire you and give you ideas, whether it’s books, fanfiction, movies, or squee-ing over your favorite headcanons with friends. I’ve had conversations with people where I come out feeling like, “OMG I NEED TO DRAW THIS!”
Final note that may not apply to everyone but is still important to mention: Take care of your mental health. If there is something that is affecting your ability to function on a day-to-day basis, such as depression, anxiety disorder, etc. it may also affect your creativity. Professionals are there to help you. If you broke your leg, you would seek medical help. If your brain is self sabotaging because of a chemical imbalance, you should also get medical help. It may not be a quick fix, but it’s better than letting it fester and get worse.
I hope this helps, and good luck!!