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RoareyRaccoon

Quitting

Just something that came to mind recently when I saw another furry feeling so shitty about his art that he just wanted to quit. I would like to take a little time to say that I've been there myself many times.

To be entirely truthful I would have quit drawing in 2006 had it not been for this website and the wonderful people to be found on it. Motivation is extremely hard to come by, especially when you are just learning to draw and everything you produce looks like a sack of shit. It's so easy to end up miserable and demotivated about your own work; even now, with 8 years of drawing experience under me, I still have moments where I feel awful and lose my urge to doodle.

So I just want to stress the important point, the essential point really, that the only difference between a good artist and someone who can barely draw is that the artist didn't quit. So don't quit, be yet another addition to the huge and vibrant roster of furry artists in the future. If your lack of success is getting you down, tell others about it and get some support, because I guarantee it happens to everybody XP.
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Added: 6 years, 6 months ago
 
JeffyCottonbun
6 years, 6 months ago
Nicely said, Roarey.
Xelm
6 years, 6 months ago
Thank you for that nice journal, I have been trying to practise some myself aswell. Mostly to calm down from autism stress, But also keep quiting. And havent drawn down for two years :(. I keep having the idea to start, but to afraid to do so.

Starting this month, Cyberblade from IB is motivaiting me a little to practise. And now this, I think its time to start and and not give up :p Thank you for this :3
JTPF
6 years, 6 months ago
Yes, yes my drawing are complete crap, and yes I'm pretty bad.. But I look to this amazing drawings and they cause me to want to draw like that, and to stop drawing as well because I somehow know I will never draw like that.. *sighs*
RoareyRaccoon
6 years, 6 months ago
Well to give you an idea of how you can change if you don't quit, here's an old pic of my character done in 2004: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/Roarey_Raccoon/...
JTPF
6 years, 6 months ago
Still way better than mine..
RoareyRaccoon
6 years, 6 months ago
When I started drawing I was obviously way worse than that pic. That was drawn after I'd already been drawing for years. So the important thing is the difference between that pic and the stuff I'm doing now XP.
JTPF
6 years, 6 months ago
;A; I started drawing a few month ago
Wolfblade
6 years, 6 months ago
Anyone who manages any kind of decent quality in under a year when they just decide one day to start drawing, is some kind of prodigy. Any normal person is going to take YEARS to get ANYWHERE with their art.

If you really want to draw for the love of drawing, then you have to accept that it's a long and painful road. But it's totally worth it.

If you would just be making yourself miserable with every drawing you do that doesn't look like a skilled and experienced pro's work, then maybe there's a better way to spend your time.

I very much support Roarey's sentiment here that you have to stick with it if it's something you really want to be able to do. But I have to add that there ARE people who decide to draw just because it seems like 'the thing to do' in this fandom. If you have a passion for it, you need to keep that passion alive and WORK HARD and long to get results you're happy with. If you just decide to start drawing and are giving up on it after just a few months, then you might not have the passion for it that it'd take to really get anywhere with it.
JTPF
6 years, 6 months ago
And what is "decent quality" for you?
MrSOCKS
6 years, 6 months ago
It would have been a tremendous crime if you'd stopped drawing in 2006.
I would suggest to those ITT that they take great care to not make a simple, but fundamental, mistake: comparing your art to someone else's.
I've seen so many artists get discouraged when their work doesn't look like the product of their own fave artist or some super-popular artist (ZEN comes instantly to mind). This is absurd. Your art is your style, and not that of whomever. Out Host's pictures are endearing for their simplicity, their cleanness (in the linework, that is!) and his knack for portraying fluffy, cuddy furries. And he does a damned good job of it. That he grew discouraged enought to cease drawing is to me inconceivable, and I am so very glad he decided to tough it out. That he made the right choice, is evident in his gallery.
So: Don't compare your work to someone else's.
Royyy
6 years, 6 months ago
I know this all too well as well. I've only been into drawing for about 2 years and have had far too many moments where I wanted to quit.

The best thing for a new artist is to try not to be scared to ask for help, because when you learn something new and see improvement is when you really really start feeling good about it.
 
What keeps me going in art is to seek out ways to improve. If i'm screwing up on faces or something then I'll just do something else for a while so I'm always making progress. It's good to see you've kept it up too, Roarey. If more people stuck to it like you do, we'd have many more great artists around.
Wolfblade
6 years, 6 months ago
This is an excellent approach and attitude. That's the kind of outlook you have to have with this stuff.
Royyy
6 years, 6 months ago
Thank you, sir c:

Not to say it's been all bells and whistles for me either though. I've certainly failed to heed my own advice  before lol. I certainly appreciate all the help and advice I do get when I feel I need it. (hint hint l3)
LupineAssassin
6 years, 6 months ago
I agree with you. :) It's always a pleasure to see your art posted anywhere. ^^
DannyDenim
6 years, 6 months ago
You're definately 100% correct with that Roarey!  
I see journals from people, or come across comments that can be so negative towards peoples art, when those people don't realize that the people they're bashing are putting their heart into it.  No they may not be as "Mind Blowing" in some peoples opinions as others, but this site is made for everyone, artists, writers, whatever.  Artists who aren't as experienced as others are JUST as entitled to post their art or stories as anyone else on here.  We all start from somewhere, nobody is good when they start, it just takes time and practice.  I started drawing a little under 5 years ago, and I'm still learning, and will ALWAYS learn and improve.  I tell artists who get frustrated at times with their work that as long as you stick with it, you only get better.
Artists tend to try and compare themselves to the people they feel most inspired by, and they tend to overlook a lot of times, that there are COUNTLESS amounts of artists going through the same struggles and thoughts.  I actually find that hating your work is a good thing, just as long as you don't wanna quit over it.  I'd totally love to show artists the horse shit that I was producing just a few years ago if I still had it.  I just find it sad and dissappointing that viewers feel like they can put down someone just because they love what they do.  This is a community, not some club that only the "Best" can be apart of...
Munkster
6 years, 6 months ago
My only stance on quitting is that I want my work to be better than it is now... If I take a break, I know I will one day pick it bak up again someday
Shokuji
6 years, 6 months ago
[slow clap] =p

But seriously, it's certainly worth saying. I'm sure this will help those people who look up to you. =3
Stumpycoon
6 years, 6 months ago
Well said!
watermelon
6 years, 6 months ago
I know that feel. Personally I've "quit" before but I eventually regained motivation and started up again. Sometimes looking at drawings that are so much better than mine makes me feel demoralized and lose all motivation to continue
BlauRascon
6 years, 6 months ago
It's really hard for me to even bother doodling. Folks say my art's pretty good, and I do manage to crank something out that I like every few months, but... I get so frustrated at everything I draw, I just don't see the point in doing it unless I've got some serious inspiration or motivation. :/
orwin
6 years, 6 months ago
Great post....I guess I was kinda one of the ones who quit.  I dabble but don't draw that much these days.
munkfeavor76
6 years, 6 months ago
I like to draw, but my stuff is well horrible and i know it. when others say something nice  its nice to hear. i am afraid to ask for help. I always made it a point to never say anything negative or try not to say anything negative  I feel if i do the person may get discouraged. I do not wish that on any one. I do have other reason why i do not draw so well , and i have let it stop me in the past hopefully i can try again hope i draw something soon. thanks for posting this. It has helped lots.
SenGrisane
6 years, 6 months ago
Never give up! :3
Est
Est
6 years, 6 months ago
The problem is I'm really disheartened about not knowing where to start.  The drive is killed before I even get going.  It's be so much easier if there were a path to follow and develop your work.
critter
6 years, 5 months ago
Thank you, Roarey, for those words. I actually know what it would take for me to get better at my art: time. Lots of it. But I have a day job that while it pays well and I'm grateful for it just drains my life of time and energy. But it's encouraging to hear someone as accomplished as you say this.

It's also good to hear you be positive.
CrimsonKeaton
6 years, 5 months ago
I'm really glad i stumbled onto this journal entry, it honestly helped out tons. Thanks for putting this up guy, you have no idea how much this impacted me. thank you. :3
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