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Stop hating your art and yourself

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 14, 2015, 3:55 PM


So this is something that I've been bottling up for a while and I want to address it. Now, before you harp on me, I am guilty of this from time to time as well. However I want to open up the floor to this conversation.

I try to stay kind and gentle in my conversations with people. However for this, forgive my blunt tone. I am giving people advice based on what worked for me and other professionals I've talked to. This advice is for ANYONE, but mostly visual mediums like drawing, paints, etc. Though if you stretch your mind a bit, it could apply to any medium.

Also I KNOW not everyone wants to be a pro. This is about being a pro. It's about bettering your art. I have people always asking me about getting better and improving, and this is my advice to you all.




A. Your art does NOT suck.


For the love of the planet, PLEASE stop saying this. Your art may not be at the same level as someone else, maybe your family member, your friends, classmates or idols, but that does NOT mean it sucks. Maybe it isn't the style you want? That does NOT make ti suck either.


B. Why can't I get better?


First, do you even lift practice? I know it seems dumb and a lot of people are busy with life. So am I. I have a full time freelance job and I was in college full time for 6 years (12-15 credits every single semester) and I find time to practice. There are TONS of times during the day you have to practice.

1. Get a sketchbook or at least a binder to keep loose leaf paper in. I don't give a damn if you hate them. Deal with it. You want to be able to practice at any time anywhere? GET A BOOK. They have tiny books that are as small or smaller than an index card! If you don't know what that is, it's a handy-dandy piece of paper that is 3.5x5 inches. Yeah, they make books that tiny.

2. But you don't have time? I call BS. You have time once you get up, maybe 5 min, doodle a dream or just a stick figure, something. Are you in school? During lunch or before class, maybe in between classes. Got a study hall, maybe see if the teacher/monitor is ok with it. You at home and want a break from homework? Instead of checking your phone and wasting time, get out and doodle something. Waiting on dinner or watching TV? You got time to draw. You playing games? You got time to draw. You get in bed? Take another 5 min and do a quick doodle. Maybe you and how you feel your day went. Maybe something funny that happened or your feeling about tomorrow.

3. I can't think of what to draw. OMFG do you have eyes?! Draw what you SEE, literally. One of the best ways to get better is to do what is called "Direct Observational Drawing". That means you draw literally what you see. You on the bus? Draw a classmate or the rows of seats. That's great for perspective! In the lunchroom? Draw your food or a drink, that's a still life. At home? Draw some of your favorite things, maybe pause a movie or TV and do a quick drawing of the screen. Maybe a pet! I don't give a damn if they are moving, it's good practice. XD Yes it might be BORING, but gives you practice on seeing things.

EVERYONE can see, even those who are blind, they simply see in a different way than we do. Artists are special in that we all see different than the average person. Learning to draw is NOT about learning how to draw. Your hand can already make any motion, stroke, line you need it to. Learning to see will make a huge difference in your art. What do I mean? The difference is this (PLEASE an example, neither are good or bad)

Symbols vs reality


This is what most people think of when they think of a tree, or similar. But does it REALLY look like a tree? Compare all of these photos against each other and the symbol! Trees all vary greatly and how is your drawing showing the true character and shape and texture of that tree?

Clipart Tree by Ahkward   'That Tree' by kharashov tree by mandragolaa  The Tree by TwiggyTeeluck
The Tree by Konijntje  tree by mR-StIck

So again, see how each of them are different? By drawing from REAL life, you get to practice in seeing how each and every object is unique and different in it's own right. Every pet, human, phone, houseplant, plate, bowl, fruit, etc is all different. Observational drawing is the best way to train yourself to see them. After time practicing this, you'll find it easier to see what your mind sees?

Ever wonder why you struggle in seeing the ideas in your own head? It's because you don't understand how to see, period. Drawing what your eyes see can help train you to draw what your mind sees. :D



4. YOU DON'T HAVE TO POST IT! Damn the times I've heard "but I won't like it and I can't post it". Who gives a crap if you don't post it? You aren't making your art to make others happy. I don't post most of what I do. XD It's OK if it doesn't come out the way you want it to! That's why it is called practice. I have some sketchbooks I'll NEVER show people because it's a personal practice book. lol It's full of drawings I don't like but I practice anyway.


C.  I can't get a book / I only do digital art!


Congrats on shooting your own foot. If you plan on keeping art as a hobby, I advise you get a book for practice or at least keep a binder filled with the drawings you do on loose paper. That's ok too, as long as you keep drawing ON PAPER in some way. This advice isn't as important to you hobbyists, unless you want to keep growing as an artist. Why is it important? Drawing digitally keeps you afraid if mistakes. What is the number one reason people like digital art? I love my undo button and I can fix mistakes.

This is the one thing that drives me insane when I hear it.

 For the record, I love my digital media too. I use it often, HOWEVER, I still do a LOT of traditional drawing. I draw in ink, a medium that scares a LOT of people. Why? "You can't fix ink".

The results are in and the lie detector said that is a lie.

Ink is fixable! Amazing, right? There is white ink, process white, ink eradicators, white out even works! (those pens I mean) If you know the medium well enough you can fix it! It's all about practice. Pencil? Fixable. Watercolor? Fixable. Acryllic? Mega-fixable. Oils? Fixable. Yeah it might not have an undo button and you'll have to work a little harder to fix things but that's OK. Giving you traditional skills gets you over the "perfect syndrome" and helps with anxiety over making mistakes.

Don't have money for supplies?  They don't have to be the best! A simply #2 pencil and copy paper is ok! Just draw in a traditional medium to help keep your hand loose and body relaxed about drawing. It'll help you mentally and give you confidence.

Now, on the professional side? I know a LOT of people with AMAZING digital work and shotty traditional work. It makes me so sad. Why? A lot of professionals and employers want to see BOTH traditional and digital skills. You don't need to be equally good, however you need to be able to be in a business meeting and work. You might not have a tablet, ipad, or anything digital. If you are there and can't perform... well that might be a bad thing. XD Not saying it 100% will be, but you need those skills.

Now on the flip side, anyone who is Traditional only, you need to have digital skills too. If it's Sai (only 40-50$) and others like Krita, Gimpa, FireAlpaca are free. You DON'T have to have a fancy-schmancy art program.


E. So here is what I'm trying to say.


Anyone can draw, literally anyone and everyone. Everyone and anyone can see, some see differently than others. Everyone wants to get good FAST and you can't do that without effort. Yes, there are always going to be those people who improve fast. They are in their own category and they are NOT better than you. They are simply in a place where they learn faster or it comes easier to them.

Remember that getting good at something requires effort. There is no magic, no secret, no potion or tool to make you a better artist. It's time and effort. Effort is the only thing you can do to increase your skill faster, you can't mess with time.

What about school/college for art? Up to you. If you want the guidance, go for it. I helped me a ton and I credit my skills to my education. It's not for everyone, so that's your choice to make, not mine. Start small with local classes at an art center or community/trade college. Those are cheaper and might give you a push you want or need. If it doesn't seem enough, go for more classes.




PLEASE stop saying your art sucks.
PLEASE stop comparing yourself.
PLEASE stop making excuses for not practicing if you want to improve.

Now on the flip side, I know there are people with parents who are not supportive. It can be hard when your family makes huge efforts to stop you doing art. I honestly don't know what to advise you except to keep a book in a locker or have a friend keep it for you. Maybe talk to an art teacher for school counselor. There are a lot of people who DO care about you and want to help, but you have to be the one to go outside of your shell and ask.

I don't care if you have anxiety. I know there is a clinical anxiety, but I know some people who use it as an excuse to do nothing. If it's a clinical thing, talk to your psych/counselor about it. You too have options, you just have to make an EFFORT to figure out what will work for you.

Anyway, I'll open the floor to you guys.

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Zinetti360 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I lost count on how many times I've almost cried because of my drawings. Everything I draw looks like it sucks, and then I have a horrible feeling of anguish. My brain has already learned to relate the act of drawing to suffering, and because of that I'm drawing even less. I have no idea of what to do to improve the situation, as I've watched tons of videos about this and nothing seens to work with me.
Sorry if I made any grammar mistakes, I'm Brazilian.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
That's ok on the mistakes, I speak English and still make a lot of them. XD

But as far as the drawing is concerned, The reaction you have to your artwork is because you have a set definition of good or bad. You need to toss that out and focus purely on the act of creating. Draw to draw, not to draw well. The act of drawing should be a fun one, or therapeutic, it should generate good feeligns or help you vent bad ones. If drawing is painful, it will, as you pointed out make you want to stop. So you need to change either perspective on drawing by going about it in a totally different way.

Possibly stop drawing and focus on a different creative outlet for a bit?
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Zinetti360 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
How could I change this perspective and go about it in a different way? I really used to love drawing and I want to love doing it again, but it became a painfull activity for me.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Try something other than drawing. Most creative people are not creative ONLY in one way. Try writing, or painting, sculpting, or knitting, IDK whatever strikes your fancy. This will allow you to access the creative side of your mind and give it something to focus on. Sometimes a new activity can stir up those old feelings. It might be possible you reached a temporary plateau and need another boost before moving forward. It happens to all of us. It happened to me as well. I was so focused on comic making that I burned myself out and couldn't make pages anymore. I wanted to give up on the project I had worked on for almost a solid 9 years. I hated this project and thought it was a waste of time. (My Naor Manga).

So as painful as it was, I stepped away from it and focused on making scroll artwork, something I had never really tried before. I was making them by hand, glueing them together and trying to make it work. It didn't go well, but I had a mental break from what I already knew and was challenged in a fun way by new stuff. It might help you to step away from drawing since it is so painful. So think of something else you've always wanted to try and just do it. It's OK to put down the pencil or whatever for a short time and step away.

You don't fix a burn by holding onto what is burning you. So step away, and find something else to enjoy that inspires the creative side to see if you can jumpstart yourself again. That would be my best advice.
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FelineSavor Featured By Owner May 31, 2018
To be frank, I stopped because I hated the process. My self-worth was already in the toilet and picking this up as an occasional hobby made it worse. Sketchpad is filled with more negatives statements about myself than drawings.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
The process is hard, but it is the process that makes people. Understanding that the process will always be hard and ugly will help. Even mega professionals have that doubt, that... imposter syndrome that says they are failures, fakes, imposters. Even legendary artists and writers like Neil Gaiman has these issues, he mentioned them. So accepting that this will be a reality all your artistic life is something you need to come to terms with. It is part of being an artist in the sense that we are always seeking reassurance, some sort of validation, either from others or ourselves.

If you have negative statements, that's ok! I do too, however stopping art is one of the worse things you can do. Just keep doing something. Anything. Even stickmen.
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FelineSavor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
The thing about the negative is that if they were other people, fine. The problem is it's coming from my own frustration of being less than in comparison to others. The other day, I saw a realistic picture of Captain America that looked AMAZING! The artist was only 13 though...then looking at my own, I end up angry because of my lack of talent.
It's realistically the main reason, I'm done drawing. People a decade younger than me producing amazing artwork and I end drawing... well the last pciture in my gallery.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
There is skill and talent. Talent is more of a natural trait imo. Skill is earned. I was not born good. Hell I did not start drawing till college really. So you need to stop comparing yourself to people who seem specially adept at this and focus on how to get YOU there. Yes unfortunately some people have to work harder than others. Some have a natural talent. But frankly, I see SKILLED people who put in the time and effort and hours and days and years to get better... I see THEM as the people to idolize.

I feel the same way. I am 27 in a week and a half. I feel like shit sometimes when I see artists far younger than me doing better. I get jealous initially, until I remember that I was not naturally good at art. I fought hard for it all. I have been drawing thousands and thousands of imagines over the last 9 years or so. Not to say talented people didnt earn it, but they have a little more adept than the average. They didnt ask for it. They didnt wish it. They do not have magic powers. They got lucky.

However you can still earn the skill. Anything can be learned. Anything. So that is probably the reality you might be facing. It sucks, but if you want to get better, do not focus on THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, focus on making you better.
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FelineSavor Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
That's never gonna happen. My mental state and self worth are pretty bad. They got even worse once I started drawing. I genuinely acknowledge that I both the patience, determination, and/or to rise from cringy-deviantart sonic OC level to decent.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Until you make that change in your mind, then I wish I had better advice. At this point only you can help you. You could have the best teachers and the best advice in the world, but until you move to make that first step of acceptance on a level that allows you to love your art unconditionally, little will change.
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FelineSavor Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018
I see no reason to love the pictures I've drawn. Drawing them has lead to further frustration and anxiety. To salvage what little pride and self-worth I have, leaving this behind is safer.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
If that is better for your health, then there is no shame in doing so. Sometimes that is the only option. Good luck to you.
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Maybe you will hate me because I hate my art xDDD.
The second point it's true for me. During the class, before and the small breaks, I try to draw. I take a folder with drawings with me, and if I had any idea of what to draw, I do it. About the mobile phone, I put the radio or a podcast and I draw as I listen and wait for the class.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't hate people if they hate their art. Ever. That's also good that you put your time into art when you can. ouo Just keep doing that. It'll get there.
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Thank you!
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LordDeNeXuS Featured By Owner May 12, 2018
I posted some art i made on a Discord server and everyone hated it, Now i hate myself. What do i do that will make me feel better about myself?
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Ahkward Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Stop basing the reaction people give to your art a reflection of how you feel about yourself. You are never going to make everyone happy with your art. If you want to become a professional, you will need to get a thicker skin and more patience. It has only been a week or a few since I spoke to you. I have been on DeviantART for over 10 years, 11 in November. This stuff takes time and you'll have to pound the pavement and never lose faith in yourself or your own abilities. If you want to do artwork professionally, push for it. Fuck what people say to you and do it anyway.
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d4wgy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok but.. I want to have a semblance of a community but I can't help but not think my art is "post worthy" thus, I easily become inactive..
I get how some people need to learn that art is not purely made to be shared but what if you need to post SOMETHING and you hate all your work?? With that mentality I'm extremely inefficient at making myself noticed..
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Honestly, the best advice is post anyway. If you deem it unworthy post a "sketchdump". I see a lot of artists to this to remain active during "down times". I do it too! Lol whether you hate your work or not, remaining active is important as you pointed out. 
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d4wgy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's actually a p good idea! thanks :D
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah you can see how I do mine: ahkward.deviantart.com/gallery…

I have a WHOLE FOLDER dedicated to this type of post and I know many artists that do them. ouo I find them really really fun and I even follow groups that are nothing BUT sketchdumps! They really are super fun and a good insight into process and learning from eachother. :la:
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Molgera42 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
I kinda needed this. I've been in a small art community/group for a while, and the person running it always promotes the best/favorite artist. For the past few months, he stopped promoting me, and this caused me to hate my art and lose motivation. But I just realized that I need to stop being such a baby, suck it up, and practice. There's always gonna be people better at art than me, and the only thing I can do about it is work harder. Thanks for this!
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Ahkward Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
UGH I know what that is like! I have left SO many groups for the exact same reason. It happened to me A LOT in COLLEGE even! So you are definitely not alone! I just kept working and got somewhere. aha

Good thing you keep your head high and to work. Best way to tackle it Bro!
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The-Emmeranne Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist
Thanks, I've decided to upgrade my style and I've been struggling for weeks to the point I end up hating EVERYTHING, I can visualize the ideas I get properly but the problem was putting it on the paper, some parts looks bad and after reading I realized one of the reasons was lack of practice :slow: :slow: ditching a style to another more detailed after doing it for a while isn't really easy too, I guess I need to be patient as well 
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Ahkward Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
It is actually really hard to get it from your head onto paper. It's a tricky skill and a lot of drawing is just learning how to see and translate it into hand movements with the tools you use. The best way is to simply practice. To level up a bit, I think experimentation and goofing off is a great place to start lol
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RavenOnaTombstone Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
Thank you for this. It honestly helped me get out of a funck. I also appreciate the blunt honesty.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha man I need to read my own advice ATM honestly. We all go through struggles, I'm kinda going through this myself. lol
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Rina55 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
a quote that helps me a LOT is
"flowers are pretty, but so are Christmas lights"
These two things are VERY different, but they're both pretty.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
THIS is awesome! I really like that quote! :la:
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Rina55 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
awe thank you! I really like it too, it helps me be less self conscious because there's something for everyone!
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GrapeBerries Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Even my art is good? I mean, Im proud of some of my art, but not all of it. I've improved a lot since I started, but I don't consider it amazing. Maybe you could give me a couple pointers?
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Ahkward Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think anyone is ever proud of ALL of their art. I have a lot of art I look back at like "WTF was I thinking"? As far as improving the best advice I really can give is to go out of your way to experiment. The ways and methods certain people use may not work for others. Tutorials are helpful but only to a point. So for example, I can understand light to a degree, but I don't understand it the way a painter understands it. So I would go out of my normal ink method to try to understand light better. Sometimes working in an unfamiliar setting and doing things you normally wouldn't do will help. If you are used to traditional art, try digital. If digital, try traditional, try a variety if possible.

Also consider INTENTIONALLY mimicking someone else as a practice exercise. When I was in art college we would try to replicate master artists in the medium tehy used or a different one. It got us outside our usual thinking habits and we picked up new skills along the way!
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ChoonieMoonie2002 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All I can say is that, even with my effort, I'm an antisocial, and so, there is no comment. Yet I don't care, since I practically can be that rude...
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Honestly it is up to you to decide to change your mindset. People can be rude all they want, doesn't bother me none. I just feel bad for those people.
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ToastyBrain Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I rag on myself a lot, especially when it comes to art. But often, the less I think of my art, the more I find ways to improve? My style shifted a lot too, so that may or may not help. I draw every chance I get though, despite my Motor Dyspraxia being a bother about it sometimes. 
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
A lot of times walking away can be helpful short term! Breaks are handy, but giving up shouldnt be an option.
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ToastyBrain Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well now when I get frustrated I just color some lineart or a sketch from a friend.

A good flow for style helps me. And music, music is a good drive for art block imo.
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Shelklyn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Student General Artist
Do you even lift?
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I lift my pen all the time. :icontrollfaceplz:
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Mike-the-dabbler Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
Lift with the knees!
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Wolfie-Sparks Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Student General Artist
um, no. just no.
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nightmarelilly Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Student Writer
I have to be honest. This helped me a lot. A personality trait of mine is that I'm a perfectionist...in the bad way, so I have a lot of insecurities about my art. Especially traditional. As I don't color my traditional art whatsoever.

Do you have any tips for using ms paint? I can't actually download any of those good art programs like Sai. So I'm kind of stuck.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I am really glad ti helped! I think a lot of us are perfectionists to some degree. xnx


I personally don't know anything about MS paint, but Krita, Gimp, and fire alpaca are all free are programs! I actually like Krita a lot!
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mylmu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
There's programs that not only are way better than MS Paint, are also completely free and maybe even better than Sai (up to preference). Some examples are FireAlpaca, Medibang (made by the same company, it's a better version of FireAlpaca, also free), Krita, Gimp, etc. I bet there's more but these are the ones that I tried (except for Gimp) and they're really good.
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nightmarelilly Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Student Writer
I've tried Gimp. And I've attempted to get Krita. I, in my personal opnion dislike gimp. So I suppose I'll try out medibang, my former idol uses it.. 
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mylmu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
I don't like either Krita or Gimp, but many people use it and say it's good so I added them. Medibang is extremely if we take into account that the Pro version completely free.
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tsumefan2 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
ok i barely get any comments on my writing?? and i hate that
got any advice for that?
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Lurhstaap Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Professional General Artist
To be honest, I've been posting art and writing online since I was in my early teens (I'm now 33), and I have to say that it seems to me that getting comments in general used to be a lot easier and more common. Ironically, as the number of people in general and artists specifically online gets larger, the more of us are competing for attention, the fewer of us actually get said attention. More and more of the comments go to the best-known names. This is especially true of written work, whose skill and quality cannot be evaluated at a glance, but frankly, even truly excellent artwork done by people with no name is often passed over without much or any comment. I'm not just talking about myself - this is the number one complaint that pretty much every artist or writer has other than the ones covered in the essay above. So I guess what I'm trying to tell you is that it's not you. There are a LOT of people competing for attention and it's very easy for one's work to get lost in the mix, even if it's very good, without a name that catches people's eye. Unfortunately, the only thing you can do about that is to keep creating, keep working, keep uploading. Self-promotion absolutely helps - putting your work in groups and stuff, for example. The more eyeballs that have a chance to see your work, the more likely you are to get feedback. But it's not a direct relationship. You can't spend all day putting your work into groups and advertising, then expect that to immediately translate into getting more comments immediately. Sometimes it will! But a lot of the time it won't. The gains are incremental and long-term. Just keep doing what you're doing and do your best to get your work out there. If you have the chops, skill-wise, AND you do sufficient self-promotion, you will eventually develop some kind of reputation and name brand value. Maybe you'll never be the sort of person whose work gets a hundred comments just because you uploaded it, but frankly, that sort of attention can be more trouble than it's worth anyway.
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tsumefan2 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
i think i will try to do that
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
There are lots of groups for writing here on dA, most have a sort of feedback for feedback system. I would look into active groups that do such things as well as become active in the dA forums in the feedback and critique threads. You might have to go a bit out of your way until you gain a loyal following, but the grind is worth it!
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