i dont mean to be rude but i dont get how you can draw so well at your age ~ i mean what i did mainly in my teen years instead of drawing was staring at a hopeless future
I don’t think you’re being rude at all! heck I also think that way about other artists. Haha it’s actually disheartening to me and stresses me out a lot, so I just try not to think about it and I tell myself to just realize that age doesn’t dictate the skill level an artist is at/will be at, it’s mostly making an effort to learn and improve, which anyone can do at any age :) Sure, it might be intimidating or annoying (I know how annoying it is, lemme tell you) but don’t get hung over it or beat yourself up about it like I did/still do. It gets in the way of drawing hahaha..
If it helps you, what I did to improve was to find artists who were exceptionally skilled and to learn from them, and by exceptional I mean dead, because back then in my opinion most artists were incredibly disciplined, i.e. Rockwell, academic painters, etc. and they learned from teachers who knew what they were doing (which, and I should say this here, should tell you to not take 100% of my tips as actual fact, lol, this just works for me). Of course, there are still great artists out there who are alive/on the web, but in my experience trying to learn from them made it harder for me to improve, since learning from a style is not as beneficial as learning from the basics. This is just my take on the issue though.
I don’t know you too well (sorry), but that just seems like the perfect choice to tell you my life story hah so around 2 yrs ago or so, when I was complete crap at drawing (I mean compared to now), and when I realized that my art was just, so bad, I practically panicked and freaked because heck, I thought I was working hard at what I was doing; I thought my art was “good enough” (let me just say now that good enough is never good at all) but seeing other artists who seemed like they were basically cruising through every artwork and having it turn out phenomenal without what it seemed to me like barely any effort at all just pissed me off, AND they were in my age group, made me get off my ass and stop wasting my time with non-challenging artwork. See, that’s the thing, if it wasn’t a challenge, it wouldn’t make you better, right? That’s what I had come to realize.
So yes, while I am a teenager now, bro lemme tell you I was desperate and scared af, I mean, this is all I have. Nothing much else interested me, nor was I good at any other subject in school (I’m what they call specialized a.k.a. good at one thing and suck at everything else ha ha). Other artists seemed to me like they were or were going to be more successful no matter what they do, and they could still paint something mind blowing. I had nothing, only drawing, and even then I wasn’t good at that. It fucked me up man… I was angry and sad; I made a list of all the things I didn’t know how to draw (it was long lmfao) it went a little like rocks, trees, plants, landscapes, metal, water, animals, backgrounds, stuff like that, and I incorporated whatever it was into the piece I was currently doing and just kept practicing it until I got the hang of it. 1st step here is to know what you’re bad at, don’t be soft on yourself (avoiding things isn’t going to make anyone better) tell yourself, that yeah, maybe I do suck at this, and I need to get better. Constructive criticism, right/ And I kept doing that. I still have a ton of things I’m not great at, but the gist of it is to just do it. So yeah, at the time my prime motivations were pretty negative, like anger and desperation and whatever, but it got me through that phase of drawing, where I had just been satisfied with idk, a pose or whatever and that was it, no background, narrative, or expression of feeling in it. I don’t recommend having that kind of motivation, it was a really rough period to go through for me, but I’m grateful I did.
Also, I was never satisfied with my finished work. I don’t think I ever will be, and that drove me to just keep drawing. I tell myself, “don’t think you’re good.” Praise will often make someone slack off, and constructive criticism does the opposite. Get rid of those “what if’s” or “if only’s” or “I wish”. Just stop thinking and empty your mind of any negative thoughts, because it does seriously hinder your progress. Imagine that you’re pushing those annoying young artists out of the way, and just focus on the bettering of yourself/your own art. What went wrong with how I was thinking was that I cared way too much about those other artists, and I realized that obviously they wouldn’t give 2 shits about me, hell they don’t even know me, so why should I care so much about them? it was like an abusive relationship, tbh, so I just dropped it and stopped giving a fuck about them. I didn’t want any of that to affect my art, because it was my art, and it shouldn’t be turning out badly because of them. basically my thought process was “fuck them who gives a fuck if they’re a fetus and they paint better than me”, ( tl;dr of this article https://markmanson.net/not-giving-a-fuck ) sometimes you gotta be harsh with yourself to get rid of bitter thoughts. numbers never truly matter in art, and I always want to avoid any kind of math lol
And most of all, I love drawing, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, and this might sound like some ridiculous silly dream thing a kid would say, but I wouldn’t know what else I could do/want to do. Lol I could’ve put this info more coherently, it seems kinda jumbled, but I hope you got something out of this, and of course I apologize if the long read bored you D: Work hard (and smart), enough so you can look back and admit that yeah, you worked your butt off and you’re glad you did. Whatever you’re doing, it shouldn’t be easy if you want to improve.
If you still have any specific questions just go ahead and shoot, I’ll try my best to answer them well!!!!!!! :DD thanks for messaging me ^^
o yah, and sorry it took a while to get back to you, I had to go back and edit out the cuss lingo. trying to maintain my image, hahahahahahahahhahahahaaaaaaaaa