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    Unhappy Ever feel like giving up?

    I bought some acryllics today. I mostly draw and do digital paintings, but I've been wanting to try traditional painting lately. It was the most discouraging experience.

    Seriously, does anyone ever just feel like giving up art? I read about Munch and Picasso and all those guys and I know I'll never be that good. For some reason I just feel phony. My art never seems to express what I'm really feeling, and rarely does it look pleasing at all. I feel like sh-t 99% of every day but it never comes out in my drawings. Even some depressing art would make me feel better. My sketches all just look like boring everyday crap, even when I try to let loose and give my drawing hand total freedom, even then the stuff I draw just looks boring. And when I try to focus instead on rigid rules and technique, they STILL look drab. I can't seem to capture anything on paper.

    The few friends I do have are, of course, very supportive and tell me how great my stuff is and all that, but the truth is most of the time I don't even have fun doing art, I just keep trying to push myself further and further to get better and better without ever really accomplishing anything. I try to just enjoy it and have fun with it but I feel lost in front of the sketchpad/monitor/canvas. It intimidates me. I don't know how to express what I'm feeling.

    Sometimes I just don't want to ever pick up a pencil or brush again. Seems like theres no point to it sometimes.

    k... anyways no reply is necessary. I just felt like bitching in a public forum. (sorry)

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    1) stop trying to be good, and draw regardless if its shit or not. If you are thinking shit your art will look like shit. If you just study and let your mind loose, then your hands will do the real talking for you.

    2) There is no time frame for getting "good." If you do make a time frame then I am sorry to say you are bound to fail over and over and over and over and over. Instead, look at point #1 and repeat often.

    3) Don't give up...don't ever give up. Thats your weak side giving in and letting you know that its so much easier to give up and follow along a path less challenging. Just trust what you are doing and leave your ego at the back door ( i mean ego as in when you look at a piece you are working on and you say "my thats shit").

    4) Every single person on these forums has felt like giving up at one point or another....so don't think you are alone. Life gets in the way...but don't let it kill your art.

    5) Draw. Draw. Draw. Paint. Draw. Sculpt. Whatever.

    Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration....one of the best quotes ever.

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    I was going to write something about how my little breakthroughs (though very tiny) always make me feel like I'm taking steps forward, but Tetsuo posted just before I did, and seeing his hit-the-nail-on-the-head advice, I don't think my story is needed.

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    DireZen, you sound exactly like me.

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    Wait a minute. Step back into your post again and see what you posted.



    Are you trying to be some fucking incredible once in a millenium art genius?




    Or are you just someone who enjoys the experience?





    How can someone be great without enjoying the process is beyond me. If you're not enjoying it...or if it has ceased to give you enjoyment...maybe its time to take a step back and breathe in.

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    smile and practice

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    The more you draw the less time you have to notice how shit it is!
    Just learn to love the process, getting better as you go is just icing on the cake.

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    You're in the middle of a crisis, it will pass : )
    Sounds corny but the important thing now is that you learn something.

    Ask yourself what you want out of drawing/painting. Do you need to be good to support yourself? Do you want to make it your carrerr? Is it a hobby? My guess is that you're giving it too much importance without a solid reason, but then again I don't really know. If thats the case, just don't give it that much importance, especially if its something that causes you distress. Its just drawing man, if its something that gets you so worked up, there's no reason to do it. No one is pointing a gun to your head, so screw drawing and go have fun. Find something you like.

    Then if you still have the urge to draw, draw. Putting pressure on yourself is good for moving forward: just remember to put all that stuff aside some time a day to enjoy other things.

    Hope everything goes well. If its really what you want, don't ever quit!

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    I've figured out a system. When this happens. Go out to your favorite bar with some of your mates. DRink a few, then bitch and cry about being a shitty artist. You'll wake up and want to prove yourself wrong .


    Works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darth massacre
    Wait a minute. Step back into your post again and see what you posted.



    Are you trying to be some fucking incredible once in a millenium art genius?




    Or are you just someone who enjoys the experience?





    How can someone be great without enjoying the process is beyond me. If you're not enjoying it...or if it has ceased to give you enjoyment...maybe its time to take a step back and breathe in.

    Maybe he IS trying to be a once in a millenium art genius. I'd imagine that could be rather stressful.

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    try to stay away from killers for a few days. that might improve your attitude and art. and if you lost motivation then your probly doing the creative wrong thing. try another medium. and dont be picasso, be yourself.
    picasso sucked. atleast i think so.

    or take a break and do something else thats fun. like shooting rats at the junkyard, or roundhouse kick senior citizens.

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    Everyone gets creative blocks once in awhile. And with that said, Rome wasn't built in a damn day. And as people before have stated, "getting good" shouldn't be a priority. Sure, you're lacking fuel right now in the creativity engine; so go out and experience other things. Take a walk, read a book, listen to an album you haven't listened to in a long time. Experience is more than just hours with a pen, brush, or pencil. Give it time. Relax, and then go back to the punching bag again.

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    Every god damned day.

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