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Artistic self-esteem.

This is a message to anyone who´re feeling bad about their "artistic self-esteem" or lost the motivation to keep going with art. But of course, anyone can read and interpret this! Feel free to leave a comment if you want to add something (or blame me. :D). You´re also free to share this!


Be "happy" with your art? Well. Not saying that you should stay satisfied with all your art so you´ll never improve. It´s more about being confident with the one you are as an artist. The artist inside of you. ~

Feel good about your art just the same way as you should feel confident with being yourself as a person. Draw what you want the same way as no one should blame you for what clothes you are wearing. Speak out your meanings and express all your sentiments just the same way as you shouldn´t be shameful about putting on your favorite music in front of everyone. If you are a sensitive person (like me...) who always take things harshly and literally, you can always learn to be stronger and braver. Don´t give up, because you´ve never lost! Look forward, think about what opportunities you´ve got. Think about how far you´ve already come! Is it worth giving up?

We live in a society. Around us is always society. Right now you´re located in deviantArt, which is far from the only community about art. In a society, we WILL at some point compare ourselves to other people. We WANT to feel appreciated. But sometimes we compare ourselves with others so much that we are in danger of facing low self-esteem. We end up forgetting how much we really love to create art (or love ourselves!) and always worry about how bad it turns out instead (or how our appearance and body look like)!

Just be yourself. Draw what you want, write and photograph what you feel like! No one shall force you. c: Just because a piece of artwork isn´t perfect, doesn´t mean it´s bad. Don´t be sad because you know someone viewed your art but didn´t favorite it. Not everyone likes to favorite everything they see on dA. Trust me. There´s lots of art I enjoy viewing but which I don´t favorite! Just because someone gave you 2 out of 5 stars on a critique doesn´t mean that your art hasn´t got great values, nor does it mean that no one can appreciate your art when looking so strictly at it! 

Here I´ve chosen to feature some pieces of "full" artwork. Some of them are more popular than others, but they´re all nice, don´t you think so? You might even find them impressing. It isn´t hard to admire artists who work to get final products looking like these!
Night fruits by koel-art GUESS WHO STARTED PLAYING by AnchoramKiaro Portrait by Capukat Cole by Mezamero The Forgoten Lands by Metics Rawr by griffsnuffNaruto by kacza-inoNot the right way, but it is my way - Timelapse by Grypwolf

It´s amazing to idolize artists! :D The artist will feel honored to be idolized and truly deserve it for the astonishing effort they´ve shown! But you gotta listen to me now! Don´t you dare to get so far that you feel like your own art is plain SHIT compared to everything else. Instead, take inspiration, observe everything around you and go and create something that makes you happy, something you enjoy! ~

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EDIT: I´ve got feedback regarding to these  featured pieces of artwork. Don´t be discouraged because of them. What I´m trying to say, is that you MUST NOT be AS GOOD as someone ELSE to be VALUABLE! You aren´t an unworthy person or artist because of your skill level. It has nothing to say! Do you become an evil person or do you become a better person for the way you are drawing? Our world will always be a competition, in every way. But you don´t need to prioritize competing with other people over enjoying what you are loving! If you want to set goals, then go for it, but remember that what you love is what that counts the most. :)

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You have got time to evolve your own style. You can think logically about how you can improve. Number of watchers doesn´t tell you about your artistic skills. Even when you lose some, you´ll always have the chance to earn new ones. Art ISN´T easy. Art is some of the most advanced you can ever get into. There are so many components and factors who play a role that we might not be able to list up everything. Examples are light sources, anatomy and perspective.

Not everyone can like what you are creating. If your goal is to satisfy everyone, you´ll never make it. Don´t lose hope because of that! People are different. There WILL be people who´ll appreciate your art, but there will ALSO be some that turn their heads away. (I´m 100% sure that someone doesn´t like this journal entry of mine as well. >:D) There will be people who are interested in you as an artist and even appreciate and understand the human you are. Don´t be afraid that you´ll lose watchers on deviantArt (or be disliked in any society!) by what you choose to submit and show the world. YOU create what YOU want. :happybounce: No one has right to bring you down with saying what you should and should not draw. You do what you want, and the people who are interested in you and your work will follow you as they discover you. Don´t listen to the negative, nonconstructive others are saying. You can always ask for feedback from other people to get tip about what to work with to improve. If you were the only human in world, it would perhaps not be the most fun to do anything anyway, right? BUT. Fair critique is NOT even as rudeness. Screw those people who tell you that your art and characters are ugly, plain, a "disliked stereotype" and unoriginal. You know better than them. Draw and write because you LOVE it, and stand for what you are proud of & vice versa. Don´t be afraid to be different. The world will only and always keep changing by the different and unique things, even by what that can be defined as "weird".

This is optional: If you observe a person sitting alone in the classroom who´s drawing, go and tell them something (honest) and nice about their art. If you spot a deviant here who seems to be a bit lonely with no comments on uploaded art, feel free to do something little and nice: Comment something if you´ve got a little minute. They´ll appreciate it. Seriously, you don´t ALWAYS have to look harshly at art and write lengthy critiques. ^^

Someone supports and appreciates you. It´s always worth to keep the courage at a high level. What YOU love is what that matters. Don´t forget that you can aim what you go for. Always keep creating!


-Lith/Oxy,
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And every other artists.
Got inspired to type this journal straight from my heart, and I guess it would be better to show this than not doing. Better than nothing. I´ve heard about friends who felt bad about their art after something someone said, or resulting from other reasons. It saddened me, but I didn´t really know what to immediately say... Thought that this would probably help at least a few to cheer up and keep up the courage at a high level, because it´s definitely worth it! :happybounce:


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adnav3 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Clap very well said!!
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad the words reached you! :heart: ;u;
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adnav3 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
they sure did!!Hug 
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Temujiin-Khan-II Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really good journal. Every once in a while I get depressed due to making the mistake of comparing my art and then beating myself harshly for it, almost not knowing how to do it to get better, not to demotivate myself.
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I´m really glad that the words in this journal could touch you! ;u;
I understand what you mean. Now you know better, right? :hug:
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shadowsbadgirl Featured By Owner Edited Jan 9, 2015
:hug::clap::)
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Aggrowheels Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Having a low self-esteem is difficult when it comes to art, or any other type of creative activity. This journal is something I can look back at whenever, I wrongfully criticize my work. I cannot thank you enough for sharing this with us, and even without looking at your work I can say that you a long with others are inspiring as the days go by. Thanks,

-Aggrowheels
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am honored that the words reached you. Thank YOU. :hug: Never forget that what you love doing always is worth it!
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Aggrowheels Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
 I will definitely be looking forward to your work and I won't forget. And once again, Thank you.  :D
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bluefoxycat Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TL;DR, but it is an inspiring message. Thank you. Probably going to read this sometime later, if I can find it.
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:!
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bluefoxycat Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Cuddles back*
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Iao-Kamirru Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well... Didn't help me, but I can see you helped many others. Thank you for that <3
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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dducke Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely said indeed! I should feature this on my journal on a similar subject.
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:!!
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TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very well said. :heart::heart:
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
;w; <333
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FrauSalami Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for summing up what I always tell my friends/artists on my FB-page or even here when they tell me that they will never be as good as me... Of course they won't be able to paint EXACTLY like me because everyone has their own style (if they believe it or not). 

But I have my own doubts about my art... ^^
And everytime when I doubt I look at my older works and compare it to what I am able to do NOW and feel proud of how I improved and I still do... :)

This journal helps (me and others) a lot :heart:
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Kitsooki Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014   Digital Artist
All, of this is true, but what would make it even better is if there weren't these stupid "stats" on front pages and on the sides. These numbers are what many artists on here look towards IMMEDIATELY to see how and where they stand with their art in this community. If Deviantart would start to feature the lesser known artists on here, rather than the same old well known artists on here, then more people will be able to acknowledge others for their amazing work as well.

But, yes. Keep creating, everyone will get somewhere some day

 
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KurushimiFutago Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We try to be happy with our art...~ But there are times when we feel like we should just give up as well... But we do try to encourage others to hopefully help them to continue on~

Well, we can't think of what else to say, but we really liked reading this...~

FuK~u
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It´s good that you are encouraging other people, it is always wonderful to make other´s day. nwn
Hmm, do you something give up on your art? Why? I´m listening if you two have something to say about it. :D Remember that it is always worth doing what you love. nwn

I´m glad you enjoyed reading this, and thank you so much! 

nwn
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KurushimiFutago Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, we like to try to make peoples' day...~
Sometimes we just want to give up on it, since a lot of people seem to think it's useless and won't get us anywhere... Yeah, we know that, we just wish that others would think like that, hah...

You're very welcome~ :meow: :meow:

FuK~u
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Tal-the-cat Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) thanks...
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! Keep at it, ok? Do what you love. nwn :D
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Tal-the-cat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
okay :)
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Tal-the-cat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nwn
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Tal-the-cat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My dog is chewing something. I can hear it. e-e
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Sofaloafa Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This really helped my confidence after being laughed at for my art. It wasn't on da, but in art class. :( (Sad)  I look at my art and say: "I think I did a pretty darn good job." Then someone comes and says it's horrible, and I look at it again and say: "They're right. I'll scrap this." And it's gone. This really boosted my spirits though, thanks again! :)
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Snowlynx46 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I love your icon :iconyayromanoplz:
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Sofaloafa Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! 
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Snowlynx46 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem ^^^^
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XLady-of-the-ShadowX Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 This has basically described me. I compare my art to a lot of great artists (even my friends) and I always feel like my art has become sh*tty. I'm surprised I have the watchers I have. But enough about me, I just wanted to say: Thank you for this inspiring piece. It has made me a little happier about my artwork, though I must say featuring amazing art like that has discouraged me a little bit, but still the over all point of this journal has helped. Thank you so much.
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I´ve got feedback regarding to these  featured pieces of artwork. Please don´t feel discouraged, dear. What I´m trying to say, is that you must not be "as good" as someone else to be VALUABLE! You aren´t an unworthy person or artist because of your skill level. It has nothing to say! Do you become an evil person or do you become a better person for the way you are drawing? Our world will always be a competition, in every way. But you don´t need to prioritize competing with other people over enjoying what you are loving! If you want to set goals, then go for it, but remember that what you love is what that counts the most. :) (Smile) You are absolutely very welcome! Please be happy with the watchers you have. I´m sure there are more to come! Keep at it. n w n Best wishes to you!
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SquishySquids Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel exactly the same way -- everything you said I feel too. I have 4 watchers, one new one from today (thanks to fandomfanatic!) and I treasure them all and thank them for liking my stuff, even if I don't always like it myself. :)
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Be happy with your watchers! There will certainly be more to come. Happy creating, and keep at doing what you love. nwn
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SquishySquids Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am happy with my watchers, more than happy!! I couldn't believe it, after I commented that, I got 7 more watchers (not immediately, but in the days following)! 

Are you magical or something? xD
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You did!? That is amazing! I congratulate you! *Hugs*

Eh, perhaps I can read your future. ;D
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SquishySquids Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes!! Thanks!! *Hugs you back*


Ooohhhhhhhhh will I eat something this week?
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kishatii Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
U.U
Kinda discouraging when you show amazing works of art - and then I look at my gallery. Which sucks. Eggs. Rotten eggs.

I highly dislike my art - I can't produce one single work without feeling the need to take it down because it's not good enough - and it never will be good enough. I've been drawing for three years and people tell me my art is good - for a beginner.
I hate looking at art because I know that when I get home I'll throw away my sketch book, only to dig through the garbage again. :/ I suck.
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, dear! :meow: It seems as your artistic self esteem has dropped, and that saddens me to see. And that will all honesty. Do you want to talk about it? I´ll be here for you! =3 Please read what I have to say. nwn

I´ve got feedback regarding to these  featured pieces of artwork. Please don´t feel discouraged because of them. What I´m trying to say, is that you must not be as "good" as someone else to be VALUABLE. You aren´t an unworthy person or artist because of your skill level. It has nothing to say! Do you become an evil person or do you become a better person for the way you are drawing? Our world will always be a competition, in every way. But you don´t need to prioritize competing with other people over enjoying what you are loving! If you want to set goals, then go for it, but remember that what you love is what that counts the most. :) (Smile)

I´ve checked your art, and I´m going to be honest all the way. Your art is far above the level of what millions of people are able to do in our world. When I compare your first uploaded art to the latest, I can see that you have been experimenting with shading differently a lot, and of course, there is a lot more to experiment with! Your art is stylized, so it´s hard to say what that is good or what that could have been done better,  but if there is one thing I love, it have to be your use of colors. But also that you are attempting on lineless is great! A lot of people are restricted to line-art and have hard times doing lineless art like you´ve done. Another thing I see is that you aren´t getting a lot of comments, which saddens me, since you definitely deserve it! Something I´ve observed is that not getting feedback can be very discouraging. But trust me! I´ve seen plenties of amazing artists which barely ever get watchers, any comments, or favorites at all. This is because they aren´t active on this site. They don´t comment a lot, don´t interact a lot with people, don´t figure out what to do to be seen. I don´t know how it is about you. Do you go very much online on deviantArt or do you not? If you are much online, do you comment or do things actively here that makes people see you? Do you think about what to do to make you seen? nwn Sometimes one must be very clever to figure out what to do, and since we live in a society, it is a lot of opportunities. e__e

The days I´m offline or not active on deviantArt, my daily page views and number of new watchers don´t go up in increase. On other days I can comment 100 comments a day or more. When I do that, there are always people who will click on my page. Maybe thank me or comment back on a piece of artwork. Sometimes new people watch other deviants at once. Sometime else, they talk a little before getting known with each others, and they might become friends. ... Well, this begins getting much, but really. You shall be encouraged, because I KNOW you are worth this. nwn Please keep what I´m saying in mind! I´m not saying you should sit on the computer or tablet all day, it is no need to do that, seriously. xD But, I´m sure you get it. :) Your art is far better than a lot I see here and it is no lie. You do not suck. It is just people who don´t tell you how amazing you are, so you forget to love yourself. :hug:
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kishatii Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww. This made me feel really great - thank you! And I'm pretty active - not everyday, but whenever I have internet I go on dA.
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a pleasure. Keep going, Wair. :hug: Big hugs!
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XLady-of-the-ShadowX Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is coming from a complete stranger but, I don't think you suck. I think you draw really well. I know how you feel when it comes to feeling like the art we make is not good enough or never good enough. But we need to know is how to improve ourselves and that we have people supporting us even if others don't. Like I've already said, I think you draw really well ^^
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kishatii Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. That actually feels really nice coming from a complete stranger. It's just that there are so many good artists out there, it's like I'm just in the ocean of semi-good artists and that I'll never get out.
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Atluser Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
O: This is amazing said thanks so much
You are an awesome person for writing all this to people :D
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