Are you Satisfied with your Drawings?
Is anyone ever truly satisfied with the results of their own artwork? This is a question I often ask myself at the end of every drawing that I complete. The truth is most of us are never completely satisfied with the outcome of our final work.
Is this a bad thing?
I don’t think so. Think about it like this. If you were completely satisfied with the first work of art that you ever created would you have ever made any effort to improve? I don’t think so.
So why are we so hard on ourselves?
As artists we are constantly evaluating other artist’s works and comparing it to our own. In most cases that other artist’s work is better. That’s ok though; lets use it to our advantage.
Instead of letting that discourage you, make that artist your mentor or at the very least use their art as inspiration to improve. Make it your motivation and not your competition. You can never be truly “be better than anyone” only better than what you are.
Have you ever stopped to think “I wonder if that artist feels the same way about their art as I feel about mine?” They probably do. But then again they realize that the feeling of dissatisfaction that they have for their own work is what fuels their desire for improvement. And without it they will never reach their fullest potential.
Maybe the best thing we could do for ourselves would be to turn our own dissatisfaction against us and use it as a catalyst to become a great artist. What else could you do other than give up?
That’s what the majority of beginning artists end up doing. Either they give up or they will never truly put themselves out there for fear of criticism. We are our own worst critics, but so is everyone else. The only difference between you and them is that they didn’t let it hold them back.
In order to be good at something you must first be bad at it.
What if the gift that we are born with is not really artistic talent at all? What if it’s just our refusal to quit learning and improving our artwork that births our talent.
So what can we do?
Just look at where you are and where you want to be and don’t give up until you get there. And when you get there don’t stay, move forward and always strive to be better than you are. A truly great artist will never be really satisfied with their own work.
We all are looking to improve our drawings in some sort or fashion so I have took the liberty of putting a few resources together that I found in order help you improve as a drawing artist.
This Resource page is a compilation of blog posts that are dedicated in helping you become a better artist. I thought it would be helpful to create it so that you can always come to for all of your drawing needs.