Is it style? Devotion to the arts? Tenacity in practicing to get better? Skill and Talent?
I think the most important part to being an artist is to be able to deal with critique.
First and foremost, your own. With except maybe a handful exceptions, nobody criticizes a work of art as harsh as the artist him/herself. They will see every crooked angle, every out of the way pixel and every struggle the had with drawing a finger. Something nobody else witnesses (unless they are doing a stream :P)
Learning to live with and ignore the voice that tells you "You suck!" is the first step to become a great master of the arts. Because if you are never satisfied, you will never be happy with what you draw. And if you do not like it, why should anybody else do?
The second critique comes from people you show the work to. Many will be polite and say nice things even when they see flaws and things they don't like. But some will voice their discontent... sometimes very bluntly.
You need to accept that as part of the art process. You can draw the best images in the world. If nobody but you sees them, what is the point? (some things you do want to keep to yourself, like vent art and such, but normally you draw to show others).
How many people draw in their closet but are to timid to show it off? We don't know!
Learn to live with the critique, be it justified or not. Really great artists listen to what is said and learn from it, to get better.
Some things I have learned during my years of drawing pictures.
- Don't write in the comments of a picture things like "It sucks, but I post it anyway." Don't devalue your own stuff. People will do that for you anyway. At least don't do it on every picture you post. Sometimes it is okay, if you really blew it.
- Post not only your good, but also your bad stuff (within reason). Not only will it show people that everyone has a good and bad times, sometimes they still enjoy it or you can get good critique on it.
- Grow a thick hide. Seriously. Getting all worked up by things somebody wrote on the web is probably the most waste of your time you can do. It can be difficult (especially for repeated, longer lasting or very offensive personal attacks).
But consider this. Would a normal person who is happy and in harmony with his life, spend as much of their time making other people down? An often used tactic for people that live in a pit, is to make others fall into it as well so they can stand on them to appear bigger than they are.
- When you see good stuff for/about/around art, make a bookmark immediately and not some time later thinking you'll remember anyway <.<
- Post your stuff in other places than your art galleries as well. You will get more honest critique that way from people that have really no idea who you are or at least a different kind of view.
6 years, 6 months ago
09 May 2012 16:49 CEST