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    Hello fellow Conceparticians,

    I've fallen into a deep hole last week. Not literally though but more mentally. I got depressed one day , funny enough it was art related. I looked at my drawing , hated it and then constantly thought to myself " Well , you suck. What are you doing" and then "Well come on, you can do it , just keep at it" and it got to the point that I just abandoned my work and went to sleep. A single tear rolled down my face because I made myself confused and I didn't know what was going on anymore.

    Usually I just try to keep drawing until I get inspired by something but lately , that's not really happening...

    How do you guys rev yourself up to have a lot of motivation again and love art and drawing.

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    We read "Art and Fear". Try it.

    But more importantly that frustration motivate us to find answers and work hard...in what we feel is the right direction for each of us individually. It's no fun sucking at something...you either work through that...abandon that path or diminish it to a hobby and just enjoy it as you can.

    My best advice is don't get worked up about it...just really examine where you're at and where you want to be going. Once you determine your direction gear up and follow those that have blazed that trail.

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    I saw this video, and so far it has helped me with those feelings, because I understand it's actually me getting better. Just feeling sucky. maybe it can help you?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb0g_gWrNf8

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    There is not a single artist on this forum that hasn't gone through it.
    My advice is, for the time being, draw something safe. Something you love and have fun with. For me it's cartoony stuff.

    If you are feeling failure regularly, it might mean it's time to step back and FOR A SHORT WHILE get back "inside the box". Save the studies and learning for a little bit later. You need to get excited about it again and once you do that, then you can start pushing yourself again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themegagod View Post
    I saw this video, and so far it has helped me with those feelings, because I understand it's actually me getting better. Just feeling sucky. maybe it can help you?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb0g_gWrNf8
    That was actually really helpful. Thanks!

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    I like looking up to other artists that achieve great things. I don't know why but I watch this video a lot:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl5KK...eature=related

    And I read Dave Rapoza's post on motivation a bit, too http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...92#post1938492

    Don't forget there is also a sticky on this forum dedicated to motivation
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...n-look-In-here

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois_k View Post
    I've fallen into a deep hole last week.
    unfortunately for me, one week is no deep hole by my standards.

    some days just dont turn out satisfying. do/watch things that inspire you. animations/comics/movies/music/books/a walk in the park/coffee shop/whatever. because on the other side, i guess theres no skill level that makes you immune to those moments. i even think that with progressive skill level these moments get worse, but that might just be me. dealing with it is a crucial part of doing it for a living imo.

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    I usually look back at some work that I really liked. There's plenty of times that I just look at my work and say that it sucks. Then, I'm reminded that someone bought one of my pieces and realize that I don't suck so bad... that usually get's me back on track.

    Once I get over that, I break down my issue into little bits. I take a hard look at my drawing or painting and make a list of everything that is wrong with it (sometimes the list is really really long). Once that is done, I go back over the list and start fixing each little part until I start liking it. Once that happens, it's amazing that I find my inspiration back and continue working through the issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty View Post
    There is not a single artist on this forum that hasn't gone through it.
    Wouldn't paint everyone with such a large brush.



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