one thing that rly upsets me is the self deprecating mentality that is so rampant in the art community.

It’s nobody’s fault! it’s just an unfortunate thing that exists and it’s something I rly want to change by spreading positivity.

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you know how you might see an artist being complimented and they’ll reply with “it’s not that good though,” or they’ll post a piece and say they don’t like it or say they drew something wrong etc.?

That’s what I mean by self deprecating. It’s something I picked up when I was young and impressionable and it’s not easy to break out of. But I’m trying!

it’s like. it’s a mentality where you feel like you’re not allowed to be proud of what you create because if you are proud, then people will think you’re self centred or stuck up. And that’s not right at all!

While it’s true you do need a certain level of humility to improve as an artist - you can’t get better if you ignore your mistakes, after all - that doesn’t mean that you cannot be proud of your successes!

Here is me telling you that I want you to be proud of your work, it’s okay if you have off days and it’s okay if your work isn’t where you want it to be.

But when you get things right, even if it’s something small like drawing a good ear, I genuinely want you to be proud of that. You are allowed to be proud of that!

The sort of art community I want to see is one where young artists can receive support and given encouragement, instead of one where a negative mentality is the norm.

I fully understand if you’re struggling with this mentality right now. It’s not your fault, it’s an environment that affects everyone, I just want you to know that it’s okay to be happy about your art.

It’s really important to me that you all know that I am here for you if you need advice, and that there’s nothing I want more than for you to be happy about what you create.