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   Confidence is very meaningful thing for an artist - It helps us to not be afraid of our goals, but we have to remind ourselves that too much of the ego can lead to arrogance and vanity. Here goes my thoughts about the topic and I hope that my insights might be helpful. :) 

How to boost the confidence? 
If you feel that you are not good enough and you lack the willingness to make & post artworks, just because someone else is better, you don't have the right skill and there is not enough time, and there is no point in that... stop.  You are good enough and you have everything you need and there is no reason why you can't do what you really want to do. Don't make excuses. You and only you have something valuable to offer to the world - your life experiences, your influences and creativity make you special and no-one else will do that in your place. And there are people that will aprecciate what you do. And only you can make their life brighter and bring something to think about, to wonder and just let them forget about the mundane everyday problems. 

There also will always be someone who won't like your art. And you can't do a single thing about it. Move forward and do what you like, but take seriously the advice that you get from more skilled artists that know what they are talking about. Don't be afraid to post your art online - the sketches and work-in-progress pictures are also very important. 

Fake it till you make it. - it means that even though you aren't completely confident in your brush strokes, every decision you make along the way - don't think about it too much, but just do it. We are all humble and there is no way of knowing if audience will like the piece before you publish it. Acknowledge your flaws, but don't put yourself down on that - we all make mistakes, we all are not perfect. See that a way to improve next time, to study more and develop yourself as an artist.

When you feel discouraged - remind yourself of those times that you didn't give up, your small victories in your life, that other people care what you do and that it really makes you happy. And practice a lot, the more you draw and paint, then the skill will grow and you will be more aware of every new artwork you create. Learn as much as much as you can and don't be afraid to start over when things go wrong. 

Having too much confidence can be a bad thing too - no-one likes arrogant artists who put down others and think that they are absolutely the best in the world. As artists we never reach perfection and there is no point, because there always will be someone out there who will be better - and that's just normal. Learn from them and teach those who look up to you. It can be upsetting to see younger artists who are amazing at such a young age - but they just started to study art seriously earlier. There is no point for envy, because we all are different and we learn at different pace. Take your time, but keep moving forward

A lot of artists are introverts, including myself. And it's so wonderful to stay at home and to not go outside and socialize. I would suggest to do some livestreams or watch them online, to surround yourself with other artists or creative people that inspire you, comment on art you adore, engage with others in forums, start conversations. Go outside every once in a while - experience life, do some en plein air studies  - paint what you see and take a breath of fresh air. 

And most important - It's so amazing to learn that you can do something you thought you couldn't. Reward yourself on those times with some chocolate, apple pie, episode (or season) of favorite tv series etc. Because you deserve it. Love yourself. Treat others with respect and don't forget that you are important. And what you do matters.  

So, how about you - how do you boost your confidence and what are your thoughts about it?

This week I found some great resources - I found this mesmerizing animated short list video - with heart breaking story and spectacular use of watercolur & ink effects, also this tumblr post with useful reminders for artists, this lovely blog post of How to Start Your Morning: 5 Tips to Create More Energy and Confidence, inspiring youtube video of The Skill of Self Confidence by Dr. Ivan Joseph at TEDxRyersonU and special thanks to Hanna GeekInspired for suggesting the topic of this week! (if you have some thoughts about what should I write more in my journal posts, feel free to send me a note) and I realized that I never did post my gifs of some artworks I made earlier (so I'll post them here). :) 

P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on  

Have a wonderful week!

"The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize."
Robert Hughes (quote mentioned by lovely and inspiring KrisCynical in comments of previous post)
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LOVE9654 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist
I really needed this because I have been feeling really bad about my art lately...
Thank you for sharing this :)
fitzml Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Love your ending quote.
Khryztofa Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is such great advise for new artists/hobbyists! that is totally an inspiration!
the120cxx Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People say I'm good at drawings, i wouldnt say im all that tho. but I rather make make a graphic novel and improve while I'm doing that.
zydaria Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
It's a wonderful article, I believe it inspired a lot of us including me. :heart: :clap: 

And to answer your question:
I simply don't think about boosting my confidence, I just don't worry too much about the outcome or expectations. After all, we don't know when we'll die, perhaps in fifty years, perhaps in five years or five days, who knows? It's better to focus on what we feel we want to do, and no matter if people judge it or not - it won't kill us anyway. :XD:
I think I am confident in what I do, because I do not worry about the competition of who's the best artist but rather I focus on creating things for my own entertainment. If people notice that I have fun with my art, they will feel it and enjoy it. And if they don't like what I do, that's their problem, who cares? :lol:
Felizias Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, how about you - how do you boost your confidence and what are your thoughts about it?

I have a little message folder full of motivating comments, conversations and related stuff I have had here on DA so I can look at a whole bunch of motivation if I'm missing it. :)
TheEvilHadrosaur Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, how about you - how do you boost your confidence and what are your thoughts about it?

Well, it's mostly looking at artwork of other artists. Deep inside I want to be as good as them one day so I sit down and try. This is often my main motivation.

MetalDragon700 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that is so awesome. 
zalasmoon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Thank you. Waaaah! :( (Sad) :( (Sad) :( (Sad) Waaaah! 
pupquakes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Look at this if you may~
Penguinity Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014   General Artist
Very wise words... 
Self-doubt is really a waste of time. I do, however, often fall in this trap myself. Thank you for your universal words of encouragement. :) 
petetran Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for making me feel better about myself :)
progressinprogress Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for brightening my day a bit!
Shadowkat678 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! :)
andaresa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
What a wonderful message!
GeekInspired Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cannot thank you enough for this post. I really appreciate it. Keep up the wonderful advice and artwork! Have a wonderful day!
Ca-l-gr Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
How endearing, thanks for sharing those links and ideas.
Eriatarka23 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
An awesome post miss! 
I feel a lot of people involved in art need to read more things like this, a lot of us outside of DA have very few forms of contact with others that do what we do, so it is easy to feel isolated in the art world, but I think posts like this do a fine job in helping us get through odd days, so on behalf of our introverts I thank you! ^^
Kiringale Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for sharing your words of encouragement! I definitely needed it :)
Peiridae Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! I really needed this, especially since I'm going to attend an art college this fall and am KINDA nervous, haha. :aww: Thank you so much for the inspiration!!! :thumbsup:
Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the pep-talk sweetie but ..... 

"Requiem for Romance" = my pathetic life.

Wow....      gee thanks. ^^

But hey.....

At least I've fallen for someone now who has the same goals and core values as me and that's all that matters. People can deceive and what a road He weaves.

One day I'll know what real love is, and I can hardly wait.

I only pray you can find or have found the same.
t-r-a-n-c-e Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this c:
Optimistic-Chip Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very reassuring, Your attitude is wonderful, You give others confidence even though you don't know them, It is just truly wonderful. because I have had an extreme art block for forever, and this just might help me with my problem, thank you for posting this :heart::hug: you seem like a wonderful person.
ktna Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
i like your attitude cousin XD
farzaam Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student
thanks for sharing :3
brynhildr13 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for posting this! It's extremely reassuring!

I experienced all of these situations at least once in my "Career" as an artist (at this point it is still just a hobby, I'm still EXTREMELY unsure if I want to go to school for it) And it can be jarring when you screw up a drawing or painting you've been working on forever. But the taking a breath, accepting your mistakes, learning from them, and moving on is the most important thing you can do! :hug:

Thanks again for putting this up! :D
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