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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 - and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on  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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Hoshii-Chi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ShiiroHana read this.

Its like these words, are just so aaaa meaningful
Like when you are trapped, but now the key was to be free and happy is here

Yes we do not NEED BETTER softwarr and BETTER materials.
Like what the other person who keeps bragging about getting better just because she had better materials and being damn choosy.

It is what its in our hearts on whats important c:
Star-candy-catxx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
I keep trying.. I will get there soon. ):
JMOrellana Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i read this, and it helped me get through the purgatory I was trapped in. Thanks for this. Amazing, really.
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! :)
EvelinaBrzozka Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, it seems you must be an angel...!
PaintedLiLy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This was beautiful, thank you so very much. 😊
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.
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.
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~
olroharp Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for this :) Just what I needed today.
Ming-Shuw Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very inspiring article, thanks a lot!
Haikumato Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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:
liark2z Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional 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
sunarina Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one beautiful journal<3 I love reading inspirational stuff like this, it fills you with renewed energy so thank you :dummy:
Kodinami Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
This was definitely helpful in bringing me out my pit of disappointed and those thoughts of "Oh my art sucks", "I don't get any attention", and "I'll never be a great artist".  There was a lot of helpful information in here that I believe is able to bring any artist out of a rut and just keep doing what they love most.  I will definitely look up to this, and put it into my future.
Thanks for such a wonderful journal entry!
HoshiChibi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is my favorite thing on dA, thank you! :heart:
anknick Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!!! You made me realise what my problem is... I actually knew it but you gave me a solution for it! Not putting myself down is the most important thing that i must learn! Once again, thank you very much. :tighthug:
organizationXIIIfan1 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ready Player One is such an awesome book :D 
lindamcook Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for all your kind words. Just what I needed today to read. I'm new here at deviantart and learning so much from looking at others work.After reading your message I'm ready toget up and go. Mahalo
UGot2B Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the inspirational words of wisdom, fellow artist! xD
LunardreamerEmy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Thank you so much Snowmarite for being such an inspiration with both your art and your journals. I'm sure many people, including I, need to hear these kinds of words every time something pulls us down. You're truly a great help to the deviantart community and I just wanted to say that I really appreciate that /.\ Thank you so much! FREE flying hearts Icon 
Erudithral Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for such a great article. I really needed it because I've been feeling a little frustrated today. I've been trying to do to many art techniques today, and the distractions of my siblings keep me from trying to focus my energy on my art. I really like that quote that says to draw, or create, or design what excites you not what you think should inspire you. I guess that may be what has caused my frustration: I'm not doing that.
h3mlockd Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
NEVER GIVE UP! :iconshaketunaplz:
AzureWindProductions Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for this. I've personally hit a low point in my writing and have been stuck on that procrastination loop and the do I really want it/what's my motivation for this question.
This has really, really helped.
Thank you!
Jimmyflame-Artworks Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another inspirational journal entry. Honestly, I sat and stared at the gif of the guy saying "create from things that excite you, not from things you think should be inspiring you" for like half an hour. Now, I only need to figure out what excites me while doing more artwork.

Thanks again for the inspiring words Hug 
RubyJulie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Hug .
It's really hard to stay motivated when society and everyone I know thinks it's required to have some upstanding horrible job.
But art is all I really ever want to do.
Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   General Artist
Wow I so needed to read because I always have to hear negative stuff about choosing this career.
And I also don't know how I'm going to make it or what I want to focus on.
I just keep drawing and keep trying even if I can have doubts sometimes.

I know what you mean about getting attached, but isn't it also important to be that with your personal drawings? Those that really have importance to you?

I love that little wake up call, it's so honest. I haven't chosen a certain career yet in the art field, but I hope that I will discover it someday.
Deep down I know that I want this, I'm just afraid of getting there.

Antother well written journal that will go straight to my favs.
Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Edited Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist
True about the idolising bit.  Some I watch, most I don't, but admire their work and try to learn from it? Yeah. Flatter them? Hell no. There are enough bootlickers in this universe, and that's not good for the artist.

However, when I try to implement their technique/colour scheme/ method to mine and mix with my 'style' (for want of a better word), the result is usually meh. 

I was down in the dumps and thought I had stagnated, reached the limit of my skill, even regressed, then I went to the National Portrait gallery in London for the free art sessions every Friday night. A ten minute intro explaining the night's assignment or theme, pick a painting or two, or a bust, and go.

Six weeks of that, meeting other artists, looking how they tackled the assignment regardless of skill level is simply inspiring, and as for my improvement, it's marked. I just hope I don't slide again once I go home, and work makes me too tired to pick up a pencil. That usually lasts for months.

I'll be uploading these six sketches into my gallery in the next month or so; it's rare I'm a happy bunny when I do something.

Thanks for the encouragement!  I'll have ta look at those links.
wolfshire Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only had the time to watch that first video (so far, I'll probably come back to the others), but dang, that was an awesome video. Thanks for sharing that.
mikichihiro Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is truly inspiring and lately I've been stumbling on journals that are like this that lifts up my soul, thank you for this :)
DreamsOfGems Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for this wonderful article. "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." - this is absolutely correct. And I have stopped looking at other people's work and try to focus on myself. I think more people should read this. Truly inspiring! - and yes I think I should start killing my darlings LOL
techmess Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing your words of encouragement and just, well -- thank you! <3
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And thank you too for reading and leaving a wonderful comment. :)
LaughingWaters Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I failed my Finance Paper (2) miserably today. Although not art related, I find this journal entry about persistence and never letting go of what we love doing easily a valid and motivation piece!

Thank you, Snowmarite! You are Godsent! XOXO :3
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
and thank you, for leaving such a lovely comment. :) 
ArynChris Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2014
I don't know exactly why, but something about your journals, I tend so skim through the first time and misread everything.  Not necessarily a bad thing.  For example, when you wrote:

"It’s also absolutely crucial to not let procrastination take over your life."
I first read:
"It is absolutely necessary to write what you want."

Not the same words, not the same message, but... it led to this-->
I think, actually, that that's something I really needed.  So, though it came about in a stranger way than I suspect you intended, thank you.  We have very different goals and dreams in life and in art, but both are valid for each of us, and I hope we both get where we need to go.  For every time we fall or falter, I hope we remember our hearts and get up and go again. :)

Gahh.  Here I am, a writer, and this comment is AWFUL.  Please forgive me.
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for such a lovely comment and your journal was really inspiring. 

I'm really not a writer myself - as I never actually studied about it and english is my third language that I learnt (before that my native one - latvian, and also russian). 

& keep on doing things that you like to do and it's really nice to know that my journals could inspire you along the way. :) 
StrawhatDShaina Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you.
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jarredsart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i would say the thing that helps me the most is 1.realize what the people you look up through went through to achieve what they have 2. instead of doubting yourself through others work compare to your past works 3. if you love it then dont care what others have to say keep at it as long as you still love it. 
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for such a mindful comment & I agree with you on all these things. ^^
Jarredsart Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
welcome its something i've struggled with a lot in the past but my love for art keeps me going so i hope those things can possibly help someone else going through the same.
yashu204 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 so motivating ^_^ and continue you art, it's wonderful ;)
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :huggle:
black-white-check Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I needed to read this today! I lost my internet a couple of days ago and I've been wallowing in self pity and wasting time trying to fill the void left by the #1 thing I used to waste time aha.

But this was a great kick up the ass for me, I'm ready to go home (I. . .I'm in a library on their wifi right now. . .) and get to work!
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's nice to know. :) 
Whenever I feel like I'm wasting time, I have to take a deep breath, realize what I'm doing wrong and that I should not procrastinate in order to make me feel less sad about the fact that I'm already not doing anything useful. 
c0okieThuMper Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a motivating journal. It was really uplifting to read. Thanks for the great advice :)
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And thank you for leaving such a wonderful comment. :) ^^
Vittarius Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your journals so much. Thanks for doing this. Your advices are totally amazing.
snowmarite Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :hug:
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