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Artist's Killers - Part 1 [EN]

Fears and phobias

What stops you from being a successful artist? It seems easy to sit down, draw, improve your skills, and then everything will come with experience. But, according to my personal observations, not all people are able to pass this way, even if they are enrolled in courses or special institutions. The high cost of the tools and teachers also don't guarantee that you will become the new Hollywood illustrator.

And you know what? Nobody and nothing will ever guarantee your own success. It is trite, insulting, but all depends on us: our way of thinking, inner peace, upbringing, temperament, and a bunch of other factors. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, EVERYTHING affects how successful we can become. It is enough for some people to get into the popular studio, while others become gurus spending their lives under lock and key.

Fears of beginners

 When beginners see a great picture with lots of details, usually, they can't repeat the level, and if they try, it turns out to be mediocre. This is normal. Many artists are afraid of doing something that far exceeds their skills. Some of them are so scared that they are unable to try something new and unusual. So to speak, to get out of the comfort zone. Some artists fear criticism and nagging. Others categorically refuse to draw something that they do worst. Perfectionists, for example, are terribly obsessed with details, improving every pixel in their works. Such artists will always find imperfections.

Each case requires separate consideration but, oftentimes, the problem is in their way of thinking. I emphasize that word, since it is one of the main sources of troubles.

When I was a beginner, I paid too much attention to details and believed that it was necessary to reach the level of hyper-realism. I thought a perfect work was indistinguishable from a photograph. And the problem was in my lack of confidence. For me, the coolest style was realism, and I simply didn't consider others. They were perceived as alien, sometimes too simple. This was one of my mistakes. Since I had been a perfectionist, I was often fond of details, greatly overloading the general and wasting a lot of time on them. I thought that I couldn't show anyone my work without this. This was the biggest misconception.

The artist can't be afraid of the task, but he/she will give up not knowing how to complete it. If we take a difficult project, we can work on it for a long time. It will be good if we finish it in a few days, weeks or months. It happens so that the finale comes in a few years. We can continue working on the project, improving it from time to time. Though, probably, another artist in our place would finish it much earlier. It usually happens with more experienced artists. Based on this, my personal recommendation is that you shouldn't try to jump over your head if you are unsure about your own abilities. Brush up your knowledge, find mentors, provide yourself with a guarantee that you will be able to reach the set goal. Otherwise, it risks resulting in a protracted idea, which actually happened to me.

Here are a few of the problems and fears of beginners at the first steps of their career:
  • 1) Uncertainty regarding the accuracy of what we do. 
  • 2) Lack of confidence in what the work should be like in the end. Also, I would like to add here the lack of vision of the final result (and this is important). 
  • 3) Fear of doing something wrong and fear of condemnation. 
  • 4) Fear to take on something that turns out bad or something we have never done. 
  • 5) Fear of time or lack of patience. As is known, training is a long and sometimes very difficult process. We want to become professionals very fast and we aren't ready to accept the fact that we have to spend more than one year for this. 
  • 6) Perfectionism is the fear of the slightest omission and inaccuracy. In this case, beginners often try to do their best in every project. The lower level of a masterpiece isn't acceptable. The slightest criticism may not be perceived well. 
  • 7) Dependence on the opinion of others. Here we should add the dependency on site-based ratings (number of likes, comments, subscribers, etc.). They can make us slaves of website systems. 
  • 8) Lack of goals. Some beginners don't know why they draw and learn this. Some of them draw without looking at their friends, family or successful artists. 
  • 9) Another thing is when beginners start drawing to become famous and rich. It is sad, but they do not stay on track for a long time and quickly give up. Such goals are not enough to become a true master. One needs love for one is doing. Otherwise, we will suffer from chronic fatigue, burnout and all other things that make a person unhappy. Art is not a business but, primarily, an expression of a soul. 

In fact, there are much more points, but I mentioned the most common ones.
If you are a beginner, remember a few things:
  • 1) Ideal is a myth. There are no perfect works. Similarly, there is no perfect style or rules in drawing. Yes, there are certain laws that must be followed, but they all are aimed at making the perception of our drawings clear, interesting and enjoyable for others. The study of colour, light, composition, anatomy, perspective and other things is necessary for these purposes. The artist conveys the visual idea, thought, story, or mood by means of graphics. The writer uses words and sentences for the same purpose. The same is true in respect of the work from the category of masterpieces. Initially, they aren't like this. The title "masterpiece" is awarded by the society. These are simply works that many people like a lot. It is the society that makes them classics. 
  • 2) Painting is a skill. I repeated, repeat and will repeat this idea. Absolutely anyone can learn how to draw. The only difference is that it will take different periods of time to master it. It's as if you are learning a foreign language. The more often you practice the faster you achieve certain results. Just like learning the language, one can't master drawing in 100%. There is no limit of improvement. You can only reach the level that you are comfortable with and work in it on a regular basis. But even this level will never be your limit. You will evolve constantly. There is also a possible degradation, so be careful. 
  • 3) There are no "correct" ways to draw. Art is generally an inexact science. I'm not talking about using the exact laws of perspective or light. Actually, the pattern can be anything, even simple scribbles of a child or abstraction of colours. It is important what they convey and contain. Art has to be something accurate. 
  • 4) Different teachers, artists, mentors and even ordinary people will always have different opinions regarding what the work should be like. We all have different visions. You should have your own. Otherwise, you will depend on others. Learn and adopt the experience of others, but always think on your own
  • 5) Making mistakes is normal. You may not realize this now, but it's true. They are part of our development. Today we can be messy in our works, and tomorrow we can create something worthy of the general public. People often fear the outside, unasked criticism and, therefore, tend to make their works as perfect as possible. In their understanding, the same anatomy can only be "perfect". The fear of nagging is so great that they may not undertake to draw something they aren't certain about. This can hinder their artistic development and career as a whole.
Going back in my thoughts, I would like to add the following:
  • 1) Don't be afraid of complicated illustrations. First, explore the process, how these are generally created and what you need for this. It only seems so scary and unattainable. Always start with something small and simple. Practice, gradually complicating your works. You will develop your understanding and change the way of thinking. Sooner or later you will reach this "impossible" goal and it will cease to seem so. Most importantly, do not give up. 
  • 2) Large-scale scenes require large-scale thinking. You will have to adjust, to realize what is important and what is secondary, whether it's a city or a space battle. Planning and composition are important here. Details play a complementary role. 
  • 3) Be mentally prepared for failure. Even in my practice, not all pictures come out worthy of showing online. It is very important to enjoy the process, even if the result is not that great. Any such experience makes you stronger. Constantly making fantastic illustrations is impossible, since a man is not a machine. Do not reproach and not blame yourself. Even simple sketches develop the motility of your hands; and the better they are trained, the more accurately you draw. So, even if you spent a lot of time on the poor illustration, you still made a huge contribution to your development.

>> Read Part 2 here <<

[RU version]

Resources + ContentsIn this journal entry I wanna collect all my articles for your comfort :nod: . Also I will update it from time to time.
For artists and freelancers:

How to Earn Money - Part 3 [EN] by ERA-7Artist's Killers: Fears and phobias - Part 1 [EN] by ERA-7Artist's Killers: Fears and phobias - Part 2 [RU] by ERA-7Infernal freelancing - [EN] by ERA-7
For beginners:
Where to begin? Where to go? [EN] by ERA-7Why is it important to learn the basics? by ERA-7
Only RU (some of them will be in EN soon):
Popularity VS. Quality [RU] by ERA-7ART VS MONEY [RU] by ERA-7Space cheat or freelancer's weekdays [RU] by ERA-7Dedicated to Trolls [RU] by ERA-7''Infernal freelancing'' [RU] by ERA-7
How to Earn Money - Part 3 [RU, EN soon] by ERA-7Artist's Killers: Fears and phobias - Part 1 [RU] by ERA-7Artist's Killers: Fears and phobias - Part 2 [RU] by ERA-7The Power of Social Networks [RU, EN soon] by ERA-710 reasons not to work for client [RU, EN soon] by ERA-7
''I wish you all the bad''(c) - Part I by ERA-7Why I'm not working with Russian Clients [RU] by ERA-7How to become a popular [RU, EN] by ERA-7

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declanewan123 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I have manic depression because of the pain I suffered when I was about 19. some people say your brain is a diseased object I think its just an altered state of consciousness. I'm in hospital right now and these doctors are drugging me up and calling me insane I just want to fuck them up the arse hole.... stupid cunts
YasmeenAl-Wa2l Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I can related to this, fear sometimes paralyse me and make me unable to draw. The need to improve very fast is a killing thing, and i keep forgetting that it needs time.
it's great to know that these are normal and common things to go through
EricDesignsUnlimited Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I can relate to most of the fears and phobias mentioned. I consider my overall art experience as a beginning artist. This article is a nice confidence builder and I will probably re-read it again later.
Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018   General Artist
Amen.  Face the fears.  Put mistakes on display.  It's the way to move past both.
CherryArcana Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm super crazy about detail. And often in learning more about my inspiration, how I draw, and how to make these pieces look better, ill find myself asking if it's too much - the careful detail outside and within every line. So I guess you could say I'm sort of a perfectionist. I agree so much with all of these points. I remember being a kid and first getting into anime (like many, this type of art got me into drawing alot more, but I branched to different types). I'd get so P'd with myself when the scribbles on the notebook paper didn't look like the crazy intricate digital art I saw online. Personally, I keep a drawing journal, watching how it develops as I go along. I find that helps 💚
iriscilla Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like an eternal beginner. I can still identify with so many points you list. Then again, I never had high aspirations, only dreams but not enough persistence. Recently I have been rediscovering the joy of making art as the process itself, not caring too much what the result will be. If I keep working long enough on it, it's bound to become good. And if it happens to be bad, I won't show anybody, that's the worst possible outcome. I still have the experience so it isn't a waste. 
AgnosticDragon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
A lot of these apply to other pursuits as well. Perfectionism can sabotage anything. Practice is necessary for most of the things that are worth doing.
THEONEAJMATRAUMA Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
I could´nt agree more :)
vangogh2005 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You could put these words in a tutoring video. You have a lot of good points.
SS-Zeljezna Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018
Great piece :D
What I've noticed personally is that going from each drawing it feels like walking in the desert. As soon as I climb a dune, well look there is another one. And the horizon is endless, full of failure and unfulfillable ambitions (is that even a word?). Do one thing good, but another one fails, and constantly somehow, brings the "subjective" value of the artwork down, even if at first you did something amazingly well and were proud of it. Somehow, from being spectacular, in the end it scales down to "just fine". I wonder, can I keep on going with a gallery full of "just fine"? Is that something a person can deal with after working for an entire month for it? putting friends and fun aside? "oh, no sorry maybe tommorow" ... for an exhausting mediocrity? that's why it's a desert. 
ERA-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting opinion! Thank you so much! :heart:
SS-Zeljezna Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018
Glad to contribute Sweating a little... 
Kiekokuworks Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great advice!
SimcoesShootingClub Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018
I have those problems and I agree! 😊
FrxPlanner Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018
Here are more truths that I would admit, you know? :XD:. I said it in other journal, but my main issue is completing something the fastest as possible and also maintain a decent quality, but I rarely get both at the same time.
VIRTUALITY-CIAA Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good words -  always enjoy following you - best regards
Orgetzu Featured By Owner Edited Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You mentioned in the note that you'd be publishing the English version of this soon, so I came over to look for it, and I'm glad I did. This was a great read. I mostly don't struggle with confidence in my art anymore, but I can still really relate to some of these. And I know so many people have a hard time with some of the things listed here, and I hope they'll read this and it will help them.

I'm glad I started drawing a lot as a kid, when perfectionism couldn't really seep into my art. I think it would have been a lot harder for me to start later, as my OCD and perfectionist tendencies appeared and have gotten kind of worse. I often have to tell them no, that I don't need to fix that part or do that thing, that my art how it turns out is generally good enough. It used to be really frustrating that I couldn't draw what I wanted to, but now I've learned to deal with that sometimes, it just won't, so I can try again later, when I've gotten even better. And sometimes, what happens isn't what I wanted, but it's still good.

Now off to read part 2....
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ratchetandclanker Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is helpful 😄
mythosarcane Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting read . . . Thank you for sharing! Love 
WildeGurl Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Student General Artist
Thank you for posts like this. I thought I sucked at what I do. When I started to post on here, I couldnt believe that people actually liked my stuff. Its a huge confidence builder and I cant believe the talented people on here. Everyone is different and unique and I enjoy all of it.
BrendanRizzo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist
I remember that I stopped drawing a long time ago because I noticed that my work sucked, and it wasn't until last year that I really got into trying to draw again. Unfortunately, it had been so long, and since I hadn't drawn anything since I was a kid, that I had no knowledge of what I was doing or any ability to draw anything that looked nice or followed the rules of anatomy and perspective. I have since gotten a little better, but since I've only been doing this for a few months, my stuff is still nowhere near as good as most other people on this site. Of course, if I had continued to draw during that 14-year interim, I would probably be as good as most artists on here or YouTube by now, and I have no way of making up that lost time. So it won't be until I'm 38 that I will be at the level that I should have been at now, and I can't stand it. I still have about five years to go before my art is even good, let alone the additional nine I just mentioned. At least I've found a lot of people who give out good advice, and I won't give up, because if I do, it will just take even longer to reach the level which I should have achieved a long time ago.
SheraWolf7 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art is a way to express yourself i does not matter if someone is better or they have more experience what matters is that you accept your art as yours and dot be oblivious to mistakes because it is good to look for what you struggle on but you need to look at the good parts in in the end art is a way to express yourself there are no limits or rules if it is you do you. :) i just reached a miel sone today when i did my first realistic drawling and doing hair  reilisticly so you can do it ;) and your art is alredy great.  
LittleMissSkyCarson Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Back when I was just starting middle school, I was too afraid to start doing something enjoy, because people kept putting it down, I almost quit. Then In the month of July, last year, I joined Da! Now I’m improving and learning and facing some fears! There are so many positive and helpful people here! 
dragontactician74 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The killer for me always were critic people and bullies etc...
I was in fact so utterly scared by such people, I did ot draw until age 18 despite wanting to. And even nowadays, I try to hide my stuff from people around me.
anjyil Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this--I didn't start making break throughs until I started giving up on being shackled to perfection.  It was hard.  Doing things I didn't like (sight-size drawing) helped a lot, as well as things like gesture drawing and quick sketches--I learned to be comfortable with mistakes so that I could learn from them.  Over the past---what, five years or so--I have been making more progress than in my entire life of drawing: all because of motivation and understanding that it doesn't have to be perfect, or real, and that other forms and styles can actually be fun and interesting!
withmacky Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like your articles..They help me a lot...
ReikaReigawa Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
From what I’ve read so far, I couldn’t agree more. When we start out as new artist (I’ll be honest I still haven’t even considered myself one yet) we do try and strive for perfection when it comes to drawing. . From the conceptualisation to materialisation. What needs to be realised that yes, it is a skill and with time and practice it can be achieved . Bear in mind that the imagination is complex and therefore you would of course need to adapt. I for one dread doing hands and feet as well as backgrounds because what I’ve imagined doesn’t correlate to what I’ve drawn.  Draw because you want to - and have fun watching the painting unfold :)
WolleWolf95 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My biggest fear is when i sometimes the pose and the fingers/hands. Generally i sit 3-4 hours on my artworks. The difficaultest part is the sketch sometimes, cause the idea in the head looks completly other as the final product.
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