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Pinacosaurus by Afrovenator Pinacosaurus :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 19 4 The Minotaur by Afrovenator The Minotaur :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 5 1 Homo erectus male from Indonesia (1.8-1.2 Mya) by Afrovenator Homo erectus male from Indonesia (1.8-1.2 Mya) :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 3 0 Homo erectus male from East Africa (1.8-1.2 Mya) by Afrovenator Homo erectus male from East Africa (1.8-1.2 Mya) :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 9 2 Lesothosaurus skull reconstruction by Afrovenator Lesothosaurus skull reconstruction :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 16 3 Catopithecus skull reconstruction by Afrovenator Catopithecus skull reconstruction :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 1 3 W.I.P.: Jeholosaurus skull reconstruction by Afrovenator W.I.P.: Jeholosaurus skull reconstruction :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 8 5 W.I.P.: Scutellosaurus skull reconstruction by Afrovenator W.I.P.: Scutellosaurus skull reconstruction :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 11 7 Saadanius by Afrovenator Saadanius :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 10 2 Australopithecus sediba face by Afrovenator Australopithecus sediba face :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 6 2 Andrewsarchus head by Afrovenator Andrewsarchus head :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 23 23 Babel by Afrovenator Babel :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 3 2 Contrast by Afrovenator Contrast :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 0 0 Black and white by Afrovenator Black and white :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 1 0 Blurry past, bright future by Afrovenator Blurry past, bright future :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 2 0 Conquest by Afrovenator Conquest :iconafrovenator:Afrovenator 1 0


Tyrannosaurus Anatomy Study (GIF) by Sketchy-raptor Tyrannosaurus Anatomy Study (GIF) :iconsketchy-raptor:Sketchy-raptor 604 22 Some fast paintings that I have done in this days by Lucas-Attwell Some fast paintings that I have done in this days :iconlucas-attwell:Lucas-Attwell 172 6 Bones (white version) by Lythroversor Bones (white version) :iconlythroversor:Lythroversor 178 9 La Amarga Formation stegosaur by Lucas-Attwell La Amarga Formation stegosaur :iconlucas-attwell:Lucas-Attwell 221 23 Corythosaurus by Lucas-Attwell Corythosaurus :iconlucas-attwell:Lucas-Attwell 249 22 Allosaurus fragilis skeletal (DINO 2560). by Franoys Allosaurus fragilis skeletal (DINO 2560). :iconfranoys:Franoys 143 38 Antetonitrus chart by Megalotitan Antetonitrus chart :iconmegalotitan:Megalotitan 51 7 Woolly rhino by Dinomaniac Woolly rhino :icondinomaniac:Dinomaniac 368 22 Acrocanthosaurus atokensis skeletals by SpinoInWonderland Acrocanthosaurus atokensis skeletals :iconspinoinwonderland:SpinoInWonderland 85 24 Paranthropus by Dinomaniac Paranthropus :icondinomaniac:Dinomaniac 233 36 Long-nosed tyrants by GetAwayTrike Long-nosed tyrants :icongetawaytrike:GetAwayTrike 87 3 Anhanguera piscator by PLASTOSPLEEN Anhanguera piscator :iconplastospleen:PLASTOSPLEEN 220 34 Gorgosaurus libratus skeletal reconstruction. by randomdinos Gorgosaurus libratus skeletal reconstruction. :iconrandomdinos:randomdinos 207 63 Deltadromeus agilis SGM-Din2 Reconstruction by PWNZ3R-Dragon Deltadromeus agilis SGM-Din2 Reconstruction :iconpwnz3r-dragon:PWNZ3R-Dragon 94 13 Composite Megaraptorid Reconstruction 3.0 by PWNZ3R-Dragon Composite Megaraptorid Reconstruction 3.0 :iconpwnz3r-dragon:PWNZ3R-Dragon 137 36 Into The Void Again by KingOvRats Into The Void Again :iconkingovrats:KingOvRats 101 27


For the last 6 months or so I have had great difficulty drawing anything. I sit down with a clean sheet of A4 paper, hold my pencil completely filled with lead, surround myself with reference materials, but nothing comes out. I keep thinking and thinking about what to draw or how to draw it, even though I have the complete scene or animal pictured in my head. After a while and a few tries, I just give up: it just doesn't want to come out..again. It has gotten so bad that over the last month I don't even want to try anymore, even though I desperately want too. Just the thought of making a drawing again, and fail, again, causes so much anxiety that I give up. "It's not worth it" I convince myself. Every time.

I didn't know what it was that I felt, until during a conversation my girlfriend brought up her pre-test anxiety. She told me that she is OK when it comes to test-day, but that the whole period before that is hell. Throughout that time, she fills her head with doubt and uncertainty. The way that she made it sound was akin to mentally building a 50 ft high brick wall that you force yourself to jump over with just your legs.

Her description, and most importantly, her emotions were too similar to mine to be a coincidence. Could it be that I suffer from "drawing anxiety"? A Google-search didn't turn up anything useful unfortunately. Otherwise, I could have read it, take whatever advice was offered, and applied it to my doubts. Instead, I have to explain it and deal with it myself.

Although I am not sure what the reason for my anxiety is, I think its a combination of having low self-esteem when it comes to my drawings and by being surrounded, and most importantly, confronted with the art-skills of the people and friends that I watch on DA. Even before I put my pencil on the clean sheet of A4 paper, I have mentally convinced myself that I am neither capable to draw what is in my head nor achieve the artistic quality of other members on DA.

So, there it is. I hope that I have successfully diagnosed the origins of my drawing anxiety, as well as provide an explanation on why I haven't "produced" much over the last few months. Its not that I don't want to, its rather that I can't. If someone has experienced this before, or is experiencing it now, please let me know. I can undoubtedly learn from your experience. Also, if you haven't and might have some tips on how I can overcome it, again, please let me know. I love drawing ever since I was a little kid and it has provided me with the best method to deal with everything I have experienced. Therefore, I would love to continue doing it, but at the moment I just don't know how.
  • Listening to: the fan
  • Reading: My journal entry
  • Watching: The computer screen with my journal entry


Rutger Jansma
Current Residence: Leiden, Netherlands
Favourite genre of music: Alternative, AlternRock, Indie Rock, Industrial, Punk
Favourite cartoon character: Garfield


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CamaradovichForever Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
Thanks for the fav
ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
Oh, hi, long time no see!
Afrovenator Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
Haha yeah, I still lurk here! I haven't contributed anything in over a year... I really like your new pieces! :D
ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
I'm a slow contributer as well. I am currently working on the planning of the preparation of the [...] background of a graphic novel I intend some day to begin with in earnest :D
aspidel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav's, Rutger.
Plioart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav!
Afrovenator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Also thank you for the fav! :D
paleopeter Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for faving my work  :happybounce: 
Zimices Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist
Happy birthday! :party:
Afrovenator Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Sorry for the belated reply, but thank you! :D
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