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5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better!



You really want to, you've worked hard to develop the skills you have and you enjoy every minute of doing what you love. And besides, people say that your artworks are...nice. Cute. Doesn't that count for something? Sure it does, there is no reason to panic and pointlessly push yourself forward. Enjoy your coffee break!

Besides, even if you didn't like the current level as much, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it at the moment. So many unfortunate happenings stand right between you and your dream. Recognizing any of the following?



:bulletred: 1 - You don't have the time

You're right! After all, you are a human being, not a machine, waking up early every morning, heading to school/work, afterwards taking care of the household/kids/your homework, studying, you barely even finish all the tasks during the 24 hours that's been given to everyone.

On the other hand, is there absolutely no way to squeeze in one hour to practice? What about that two hour lunch you have with your friend just to talk through all the pointless news? How about cutting a few minutes out of your gaming/tv time? Think harder, you'll realize that our time is distributed amongst things we WANT to do.


:bulletred: 2 - You don't have enough money to buy proper supplies


Sure this is a valid point, I mean look at those artists and their work, they use such fancy paints and equipment that makes them achieve the best results without probably no work at all. Where would you get such material? Without such advantage, there is no point in trying.

On the other hand, have you seen those exceptionally awesome artists who work with nothing but pencil and paper? No the pencil is not magical, I'm sure you have one of those by your side right now. Pick it up, because this excuse has just expired.

:bulletred: 3 - You're not talented enough


Of course, famous artists were born with different hands and eyes like yours, you have absolutely no artistic talent swimming inside your veins. You tried your best but your subjects are stiff, coloring just wrong, better to give up now before you make a fool out of yourself.

On the other hand, you still can't be sure whether you have the talent. You won't know that when your mom gives you pencils at 3, you won't know when you're trying to paint at 20 for the first time in years. You might find out perhaps after months / years of continuous training and practice. Only that and nothing but that can release and show your talent. The questions is, do you WANT to find out?

:bulletred: 4 - Nobody supports nor likes your work


It gets rough when you're alone with what you do. You want to share your results but nobody seems to care, or - in a worse scenario - you meet the cruel reality of your family telling you that this is simply not your cup of tea. Have you ever had a sibling yell at you that you're just no good and should give it up right now? (I did :P) How can one proceed with no support?

On the other hand, good luck basing your decisions on other people's opinions and preferences. Even your family, even if you love them, they have their own hobbies and taste in arts. When you make your peace with this, you are a big step ahead with your work, and you will be doing it only for yourself - this is the best motivation and it lasts whole life.

:bulletred: 5 - There is too much competition


So you took the time to practice, obtained material that you can afford, risen above the talent rumors, made your peace with not having your family blessing and keep on making your artworks. However, it doesn't sell, there is no opportunity for exhibition right now, and online world is full of such brilliant artworks beyond compare. Too many great people around you, what's the point in trying?

On the other hand, THIS is exactly the point in trying harder. Competition hurts sometimes but it has one great side effect - motivation to beat it. If you never saw that brilliant illustration and so many people being excited about it, perhaps you would be on your coffee break again, thinking how you've mastered the craft already. And now you are working on yourself instead and that makes the tomorrow's YOU better.




"The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it."

Jordan Belfort




Which excuse keeps you away from your practice?  


Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below :heart:


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solid32's avatar
solid32Hobbyist General Artist
I've passed for all this and now feel that I am my only limit, my works will go so far as I want to, I'm not proffesional, somedays can draw anything, took me much to bought my computer and still draw in paper, but all that will not stop me because I WANT to be a better artist.
Everybody have their own obstacles and only them will have the force to beat them!
I say it for experience, keep doing what you love and never give up!
sarkiya's avatar
sarkiyaStudent
Time is my biggest issue, but thanks for killing these demons!
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Hiland-RoseProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you... the last excuse is probably the most difficult for me to conquer....It has literally taken me years to find my niche to turn my talents into a source of income... it's still not great but it works... I think in addition to getting over what people think, one should also consider that adaptability and willingness to listen to what your audience is looking for.  It can go a long way to easing your inner angst... keep true to yourself yes, but don't stick your nose so far up in the air that no one can touch what you do and make it something they can relate to... :)  Art speaks, but sometimes as an artist you have to humble yourself and listen too.  When working for others to create their vision in your medium this skill is one that takes cultivation... and as much dedication as your technique.  I love the article...Thank you for the reminder....
Mothedri's avatar
MothedriHobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to recognise I am too lazy and I use the no time excuse too often...I should try harder, I have to try harder! And I don' t mean just with drawing...
ArtByCher's avatar
ArtByCher Traditional Artist
Great article, Jane. I think so many of us can definitely relate to this
Anastasia122's avatar
Anastasia122Student Digital Artist
AAh my practice is bother my free and study... 

Maybe forgot about drawing and writing for a while... 

Good article.
CrioArts's avatar
CrioArtsProfessional Digital Artist
Vyborne!
Velmi dolezite je, ze si okrem vypichnutia problemu, dala aj "riesenie", resp. pozitivny uhol pohladu.
Super.
8Imagination8's avatar
8Imagination8Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh.  I always use the first excuse...  I suppose it's because I procrastinate XD
sun-lily's avatar
sun-lilyHobbyist
I love this article! This isn't too harsh to bum me out instead it inspires. Thank you!
Egon-Riker's avatar
Egon-RikerHobbyist General Artist
Very clever title for getting the demotivated motivated. Nicely executed!  I really appreciated the time part, and the talent. Such words help so much.
Urus-28's avatar
Urus-28Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know how many times I've seen these bad excuses used :lol:
Kaye-Star's avatar
Kaye-StarHobbyist Writer
Time to play!

"What about that two hour lunch you have with your friend just to talk through all the pointless news?"

My lunch is 45 minutes in a public school building where my friends and I listen to the rowdiness of 100+ other students rather than talking amongst ourselves because we have nothing to talk about.

"How about cutting a few minutes out of your gaming/tv time?"

Because I do more than just game, watch TV, and draw?

"...is there absolutely no way to squeeze in one hour to practice?"

Well, I suppose I could start waking up at 4:30 AM instead of 5:30.

..."have you seen those exceptionally awesome artists who work with nothing but pencil and paper? No the pencil is not magical, I'm sure you have one of those by your side right now. Pick it up, because this excuse has just expired."

Those artists also tend to have various kinds of pencils for specifics. And some people hate doing traditional drawing.

"...better to give up now before you make a fool out of yourself."

Yes, sometimes, it is.

"...you still can't be sure whether you have the talent."

About as sure as I can be that a bullet in my head will kill me.

"Have you ever had a sibling yell at you that you're just no good and should give it up right now?"

No, but she's chased after me with knives and said she hates me. Does that count?

"Even your family, even if you love them, they have their own hobbies and taste in arts."

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! No, but they have their own problems and taste in alcohol.

"...THIS is exactly the point in trying harder. Competition hurts sometimes but it has one great side effect - motivation to beat it."

As well as squashing everyone beneath you and just not giving two cents about anyone anymore. And that's only if you LIKE competition. I personally hate competing in anything. It brings out the worst in EVERYBODY.

Well, that was fun. Back my head games!
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I applaud you, old comment :iconclappingplz:
Yrisz's avatar
These are all great excuses, good for you.

But just think, the time you spent on writing your excuses you could have very well spent on drawing or studying art.

(Unless you do not wish to be an artist, however if you do, you need the right mind set for it...as long as your putting excuses above actually trying you shouldn't expect to get anywhere in the world of art, it doesn't just happen overnight, it is hard work much like anything worth achieving)
Kaye-Star's avatar
Kaye-StarHobbyist Writer
Did you notice that I put "Time to play" at the top of my response?

That response was a joke. Well, half-a-joke. My life does not revolve around art alone. That's not healthy. I DO have other priorities, one of which involves recovering from depression, and if that and others are "excuses", well...

The time I spent writing that reply could've been spent anything else. That does not mean I don't practice drawing. I just don't treat it like a military duty.
Yrisz's avatar
Okay...that's perfectly normal. Art is not your soul propose for living, for some it is. People are all very different, there are many uses for art and reasons to do it. Some are looking at it as a carrier and they have to be competitive and motivated.

If you have anything else to say to me, feel free to contact me personally, as I believe we are getting slightly off topic.
jelena-c's avatar
jelena-cHobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Ok, the only thing not bringing me down is #3, because I believe talent doesn't have all that much to do with how much you can accomplish as an artist. Sure, you probably get an easier start and you learn things faster if you have talent, but all of that means nothing if you don't work, and work, and work.
The things bringing me down are everything else... So many times I wondered if anyone really cares about my paintings, since my friends don't seem too excited about it, and outside feedback is scarce. Nobody tells me they hate it, but not a lot of people tell me it's any good. So I'm not sure if I should keep trying or not, I just know I love painting and drawing, and other people's opinions can't stop me.
Of course, money really is an issue if you want to paint on, let's say, canvases. It is expensive, and unless you can sell some paintings, you can be stuck. But, until then, I'll just keep drawing with my pens and paper :)
Love your article :heart:
Genny-Raskin's avatar
Genny-RaskinProfessional General Artist
Seriously?
I short glimpse on your front page in DA tells me you are a brilliant artist. :)
jelena-c's avatar
jelena-cHobbyist General Artist
Haha, thank you, but I wish it was that simple :)
Blindarcher01's avatar
Blindarcher01Hobbyist Digital Artist
(I know, old comment.) The beginning is never fast no matter what level of talent you have, but at some point in time, it'll catch up to you and become worthwhile.
Genny-Raskin's avatar
Genny-RaskinProfessional General Artist
You are welcome. :)
And I know, it never is. ;)
conceptualCNS's avatar
conceptualCNSStudent Traditional Artist
....this was like my personal Braveheart speech. THANK YOU
LeGrebe's avatar
This is sadly so right.

You should add a point:

6. - You don't have fun drawing anything else than one pose/character/landscape/whatsoever

You only like to draw head because anatomy is way too difficult. So you just draw head. Well this is your hobby so you have to take pleasure in what you are doing. Draw only head.

In the other hand, if you completely stop drawing bodies because you find it not fun, you will never know how to draw it, and thus, you will never have fun while drawing it!

(No, I'm absolutely not talking about me)

Sometimes, those kind of reminder are good to make us remember than even Da Vinci started of nothing. Will and study are the best way to achieve greatness.

Thank you!
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DaveLopesStudent Traditional Artist
I LOVE U XD
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