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Dear, deviantart fellow artists  

There are times when having way too low or way too high expectations can lead to bad results and have a negative impact on things that we do and how we feel.. but how to deal with this problem? How to achieve the perfect balance that would help us in our creative journey? Here are my thoughts about the topic, that I hope might be helpful for you. :)

Too low expectations

When you think that you're not good enough, that you lack the skill, talent that other artists have, being afraid of failing and overthinking all the time. But all those things do only harm - stopping you from actually doing the work, even though you may think that you are not able to do that, it doesn't mean that it's true. You'll never know if you won't try.

It's so easy to find all those excuses, but it takes a lot of persistence to not let doubts and low self-esteem stand in our way. We all are humble and we all have flaws.

Aiming too low, thinking that only worst will happen - as there are so many ways things could go wrong, but don't let negativity influence your workflow. Maybe that thing you always wanted to do could inspire and bring joy to others. Maybe it could change someones life, maybe it could have an impact on your own artistic career. 

You could fail. You could not recieve instant popularity - likes and faves.. but focus on what you are creating, focus in order to make lovely things.

Too high expectations

The opposite, but it can be as much destructive and harmful. 

For example, years ago, I made a diorama and the grass in it consisted of over 100 layers. Each one of them I colored with watercolors and cut every single one of them like 50 times (to get the right texture). Oh, silly me, I thought that if I did put so much effort that my work in that diorama contest would be noticed. But It didn't happen.

And I learnt a lesson that day - that It's great to dream big, but most of the time the most important thing is not the result, but the whole process. To learn as much as possible and enjoy time when you're creating.

It can be so disapointing to realize that reality doesn't exceed the expectations and it could stop you from doing more work. But it shouldn't be like that.  

The balance 

  • Setting realistic goals and achieving them and/or having really big, seemingly impossible dreams and that doing something towards them every single day, not getting sad that things don't always work as planned, but being creative and dealing with struggles
  • Accepting that time goes fast and things change, and It's better to carry on
  • To not daydream all the time, but take action 
  • To not give up on first obstacles 
  • To allow yourself to be open-minded in order to grow and be a better artist & person 
Find that balance. Don't think about what could happen, but do as best as you can. 
Because you know that you can, the question is whether you'll push your boundaries, whether you move towards your goals, whether you don't procrastinate on things that you like to do. 
And It's up to you, and only you, my friend.

So, how about you - what are your thoughts/tips about expectations? 

( thank you so much for faving/commenting journals ---- it means so much to me and it helps more struggling artists to find these articles and help in their creative journeys) 

This week I found some lovely resources – awesome tutorial and speedpaints on… by XiaMan , great podcasts - , amazing brushes by… , search engine, that allows to find flickr images by certain colour -, great blog about japanese fashion - , a video about beyond amazing editing skills by Satoshi Kon (have to watch Paprika asap) and my recent timelapse video of "In The Light You Follow Me" painting - I'll make more videos in near future, so feel free to check out also my youtube channel. :) 

P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on  and weekly 8 songs playlist. :)  

Have a wonderful week!

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
—     Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
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REPLOID Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Just what I needed to read, thanks! :heart:
LaughingWaters Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Godsent sharing you made, Snow!

I so dearly needed this. And now, back to my mugging of my financial papers...  :D
Takapaku-P Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so great. I think this is going to help me more with my animation (sense I always say I'm bad at it).
I'll try this out~.
dikaylonen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"it could stop you from doing more work. But it shouldn't be like that". :') thank you for this beautiful journal Clap Heart Hug

I will consider this tips Love 
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sound advice for us all :heart:
ladynefertari Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You give great advices and that speaks to my heart. I will heed them. Thank you! :hug:
mouse1002 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Artist
nice advices..
ningunrecords Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
good advices
KasaiPhoenix7 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is random but I love the song lyrics you added :D
ArynChris Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I'm not sure how to balance, but this is how I deal with both problems:

High expectations:
This is rarely a problem for me anymore, because I learned a hard lesson when I was first starting to draw.  I started learning the year after high school, when I was succeeding away from home and still thought I was invincible.  I had a serious attitude problem, largely because school, tests, and my job had always been pretty easy for me.  I didn't realize until I tried drawing-- which I had never been interested in before-- that those things were easy because I'd been doing them (or things just like them) all my life.  Drawing was different.  I thought it would be so easy, that I would learn very quickly, that I would instantly be better than everyone who "draws like a five year old."  I was surprised, and confused, and ashamed when after the first two things I drew, I couldn't improve anymore.  I couldn't draw as well as I wanted, but I also didn't know how to learn.  I drew all night, every night, with very little to show for it... and after 2 months, I finally broke down and bought a children's book on how to draw, because there are children who know more than I do.

That's still true, and I'm still learning from that book, 6 years later.  Art is NOT easy.  I've sometimes expected too much of myself since then, but rarely-- that lesson was learned the hard way.

Low expectations:
Almost every day, I feel that I'm not good enough to draw what I want to draw.  It gets so bad that half the time, I don't know what to try and draw, because I don't like messing up badly, and I'm certain that I'll mess up badly.  You have to do it anyways.  If you stop drawing, you stop drawing.

Sometimes, just realizing that fact is scary enough that I start drawing, doodling, and writing in my sketchbook til images come out.  Page after page of nothing worth showing, but it breaks the block and eases the fear.  Sometimes, that's not enough, and recently, I've turned to sketch_Dailies for "what to draw" and Neil Gaiman for the courage:  Pretend to be someone who can do it.  Pretend to be someone who does it all the time.

And that helps.  It helps a shocking amount.
WasahbiArt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your journals give me this reminder every time you write them and I seriously appreciate that. Right now I'm practicing on my art by taking requests from people. I actually thought of you and your journals and then wrote up the taking free requests journal! So I could get better. Your journals are seriously inspiring me to stop procrastinating little by little.. Obviously i won't stop procrastinating just like that, but ever so slowly it's getting less and less where I'm procrastinating about drawing..

so so thank you so much for these reminders for me! I really appreciate them and they push me to get better :)
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much - knowing that my journals can inspire, motivate me so much more to continue on making these series. 
WasahbiArt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem miss!! And I look forward to your future journals. They've inspired me ever since the first!! (Or the first I've read)
Vittarius Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so important. Thanks for sharing this amazing advice.
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for lovely comment. :) 
Memenda-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting and impressive. Thanks for the advice. ;)
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. ^^
Memenda-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ;)
Mademoiselle-Strange Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Love, love, love what you've just said . That is officially my new credo ! :)
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :hug: 
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