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    Is this normal?

    Whenever I finish a drawing I have strong feelings to destroy it. In my mind I'm thinking of burning it or ripping it to tiny pieces. Nothing that I create satisfies me, I am instead repulsed by it; or most of the time see it as something insignificant.

    Is this normal?

    Just so everyone knows I never really burned any of my drawings, but I can imagine it would feel good.

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    Yeah I'd say it's normal, most artists are their own worst critic. I know that a lot of the time my work doesn't live up to the idea I had in my head. You just got to keep at it.

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    There's a quote about something about "the next one will be good". It's just the way it is. Put the piece somewhere you can't see it and go on to the next one. The important thing is finishing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graycolor View Post
    Whenever I finish a drawing I have strong feelings to destroy it. In my mind I'm thinking of burning it or ripping it to tiny pieces.

    Is this normal?
    Perfectly normal, actually many artists bundle all their works together, wrap it around a C4 demolition charge, set up their tripod camera and fire it. After that they rip apart the photographs of the event.
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    I am burning my latest piece now! next time I will probably produce something slightly less crap (only slightly)

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    My Feelings of my work can be similar at times, not in the sense of disgust or setting them on fire. I do see mistakes in images I might have just finished, or in the middle of. If I finish an image and I feel that way I chill and look it over to figure out what it is about it that causing me to dislike it already. I wont imply anything with your situation but I find that its my own lack of knowledge of what im doing that causes these feelings (I speak of myself only!) If Im in the middle of an image its the same thing. I have to stop and figure out what I dont know. I do my best to figure it out the best I can. I feel that if I abandon it I loose the process of working though my problems. I did this a few times and I found myself getting stagnant in my learning curve. It wasnt a good feeling.
    If you do burn anything, please be safe

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    I have the same feeling, in that 9 / 10 times I finish a drawing, I keep thinking "It could have been better than this!" and I felt very unsatisfied and sometimes very angry, bad-mood after-wards.

    Screw art.

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    Instead of ripping your work up. Pull out a bright colored sharpie and circle the things you don't like. Then dedicate some time later to improving on what you circled.

    And a big confidence booster to me, is recreation of an old drawing. Pull out your preschool stuff and see the improvements.

    SECONDS: Do you work from life of photographs?
    FRAZETTA: I work from my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishdrunk View Post
    Instead of ripping your work up. Pull out a bright colored sharpie and circle the things you don't like. Then dedicate some time later to improving on what you circled.

    And a big confidence booster to me, is recreation of an old drawing. Pull out your preschool stuff and see the improvements.
    That's a very good idea. I'm going to start doing that.

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    Never kept one thing I ever drew.

    I have a grandfather, a fantastic expressionist painter, who burned everything he's ever done. Disappointing, I would have loved to have a piece - it's the only thing I really know about him, I've met him just once in my life. He's on the other side of the world, and slowly dying now.

    But you should keep your work, because when you get to where you want, you can then look back on how far you've come.

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    If other people want to burn them too, that's the time to worry.

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