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