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As artists we are constantly self-aware and seek for improvement and support. But there are times when it feels like everything falls apart, when things go wrong and doubts overwhelm us. 
But we have to stay strong and continue. 

Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 




No one likes to fail. Yet, when it happens, we learn so much. For example – my first “inspiring” journal series where such a failure. But I kept going, as I have always had. As long as I can motivate, help and inspire others, through my journals or art, that’s what keeps me going. Also – things can go wrong all the time – the painting software could crash, ink can get accidentally spilled or It’s possible to unintentionally ruin the painting. It happens. Go through the struggle; don’t let small things to have impact on what really matters. 

You know, my friends and family where genuinely surprised when I chose the artistic career path. (like I painted all over the walls/furniture in my room or participated in as many art contests as I could). I always tried my best on everything I did (even the boring school subjects), but art has always been so close to my heart. Quite honestly, I have no idea how I’m going to make it, but I surely won’t give up. (That’s even not an option)

It is so important to push yourself and beat the persistence. Don’t get attached to your artworks, and when it’s necessary – kill your darlings. It means to be able to see when a painting can’t be fixed, when it just doesn’t work no matter how hard you try. When it just doesn’t feels right and the whole process makes you unhappy – learn about what exactly went wrong, put it away (or delete) and move on to the next one. Or start over. 

It’s also absolutely crucial to not let procrastination take over your life. Getting in the loop – wasting your time, then feeling guilty about it and wasting the time even more, is devastating and destructive. 
Our time is so limited, so we should seize every single day. 

Music and inspiring people have always motivated me to carry on. Find what inspires you. Find what helps to get motivated, even when you feel sad and alone. I tend to feel like that sometimes too, and It’s absolutely okay. Like two years ago, I felt so miserable, that not depending on how much I tried, my work just did not look the way I wanted, because I kept comparing it to other artists, who obviously had so much more skill and experience than I. The thing is, It’s easy to tell others – be inspired by art, that others make, but It’s not so easy in the real life. So I learnt from that – focusing more on my own stuff, seeing art by others as a way to learn and just enjoy how amazing the art by others were (and still is). 

My favorite artists are those, who not only have a great skill and successful career, but who are genuine and helps others along the way. Whenever I see when those other pros, who just don’t care about their audience, it makes me kind of sad. When they put amazing artworks with a description of – “This looks awful, done in 5 min” as a way to show their superiority and make others praise them. Also the whole thing of – if you don’t have the best equipment then you can’t make art – as if the newest tablet or that one expensive tutorial/software is absolutely necessary to become a great artist. Just no

It’s important to see the professionals as human beings (not idolizing them) and not putting yourself down, because they are better. Through hard work and dedication, they are where they are now. And so can you. There is nothing that could stop you. 

You’ll never have the absolutely right conditions. It will never be just the right time. Your relatives/friends may not always support your decisions. So many things could stand in your way.

But you know… If you need a wake up call – then here it is. 

It all comes down to how much you really want it – don’t be afraid to ask yourself this question of what you really want to achieve, what you really want to do with your life. 
When you will want it as badly as you want to breathe, when you will work as hard and persistent as you can, then… great and meaningful things will happen, my friend. 



So, how about you - what are your thoughts about not giving up? 

This week I found some lovely resources - this inspiring article about creating better habits, amazing references/photo compilation in reddit, beyond stunning watercolor paintings by Joseph Zbukvic,lovely interview with awesome Ash Thorp, my favorite book - Ready Player One - a science fiction novel by Ernest Cline, great music by Blockhead , my recent timelapse painting video of "Infamous Sunset" and short documentary, that gives you a sneak peek into the personal works from the artists of Dreamworks. :) (Smile) 








P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.com/  and weekly 8 songs playlist. 
and a youtube art channel:) (Smile) 

Have a wonderful week!

"“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”                                                                  /Kurt Vonnegut
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marioPulido Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Honestly girl, you are like an angel! Thank U so much for your powerful messages! I send you a big big Hug! :)
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EvelinaBrzozka Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, it seems you must be an angel...!
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PaintedLiLy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This was beautiful, thank you so very much. 😊
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gmsp123 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist
You know what? I really need to thank you for that llama. It eases a lot of my anxiety just reading this. It's very stressful to think about how so many artists are good at what they do. Right now though I'm just thinking that I don't want my improvement enough to set it above all else. :L

Didn't really think that it was right, but maybe I can get rid of a few things that I've worked with since my start. I never really thought of it as a way to broaden my view, but you reminded me that all my flaws have their roots.
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Burning-Red-Sky Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
after a week of absolutely no productivity (even if i have to do 5 requests gosh i feel so guilty) and an entire evening of anxiety about my art, reading this had been so comforting. Thank you for these encouraging words.
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DemonicXChemikalz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much~ I really needed this~ 
I've been feeling a lot of doubt lately and I've been lacking motivation to move forward... I feel this gave me just the little push that I needed~ :)
Thank you~
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olroharp Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for this :) Just what I needed today.
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Ming-Shuw Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very inspiring article, thanks a lot!
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Haikumato Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wise words! It always makes me so happy to see that there really are other people besides me that don't want to give up and who want to do what they really want to do. :) Thank you snowmarite! :heart:
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liark2z Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
almost makes me shed a tear, is pretty useful too, recently I started to told myself after every new painting that it would be the last one as I feel is not good enough and when it fails to reach other people, But I need to paint again even if it frustrates me because I like it and still got the hope of living by it and quit this jobs that bores and stress me.
Thanks for such a inspiring journal! sorry my english
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