Lately, I thought that working on some more neutral content (namely, character sheets for my little posse of OCs) would help ease me into regaining some confidence in my own work, but the insecurity has only persisted. I hate being in this state, cause it gets me into a mental catch 22.
One of the best solutions to breaking out of an art block is making things. Unfortunately, when I'm feeling exceedingly insecure, what I make isn't good for this. The selective bias boils down to, "what I've achieved was trivial, what I've yet to attempt is insurmountable." Worse still, seeing others' fantastic work broadly has an effect counter to inspiration. "It's been done now, likely better than you'll manage it if you tried."
It only further discourages me from focusing on my strengths since I'm too busy regretting the ideas I didn't have. Don't even get me started on the troublesome ideas surrounding the use of reference material and maintaining originality within this community.
Chocolate's Candy Shop is now open for business! It's a place where you can support my work and get cool perks.
So, I've finally finished setting up my new site, which replaces my Patreon page. I would've liked to launch it in a bigger way, but I'll never get around to it if I held off for that. Until I think of something better, here's my launch announcement. I hope you'll join in.
It involved a lot of effort and exhausting work that took time away from me making more art over the past 2-3 months or so.
But now, I've reclaimed my creative freedom and rid myself of the anxiety that comes with someone els
Things have been extremely trying this past month.
Foreword: I realize this is a long and depressing post despite my efforts to keep it brief. If you take one thing away from this post, it's that a lot of artists in this community work alone and deal with a lot of shit in the background while trying to stay motivated and productive. Showing support to your favourite artists is invaluable to them and can drag them out of a funk on their worst days. You're valued and important.
I haven't felt too comfortable talking about things openly because of "reasons" but bottling it up has only made it worse. I just want to sum up what I've been through a