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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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TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very well said. :heart::heart:
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner 3 days ago  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  Student 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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