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Plucked Feathers
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Published: December 21, 2012
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"Stop plucking those feathers of yours, you'll only hurt yourself in the end."

I have one bad habit that i'd really liked to get rid of. Being a perfectionist.

It's horrible and stupid. It was once something i stupidly took pride in, but now it's only a setback for the things i wish to do well in. Because of this I end up stressing and hurting myself, wanting more each time and constantly pushing myself. Thinking this isn't good enough, i should be doing better or improving faster. It’s awful, but I just can’t seem to get rid of it.

Hey guys! Surprise!..i'm not dead. The past few months have just been really stressful for me. I drew this piece to relax, because i love drawing portraits the most. I tried to add a bit of symbolism(?) to it, but um yeah...

Ref used for birds [link] [link]
Wips on my tumblr: [link]
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marihikari's avatar
marihikari|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super pretty coloring :D 
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evangeline16williams|Hobbyist General Artist
Colorful and Cool!
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juliabubik|Student Traditional Artist
wow, really wonderful
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InfinateWishes|Student Traditional Artist
I'm a perfectionist about my art.. well most of the time.. I just can't get something perfect... Then I'll just quit.. So Most of the time I hardy have any drawings at all.. It stresses me out and I always wanna be better and it just makes me depressed about how I can't draw like someone else..Sad dummy Sad fayse. :meh: :slump: 
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Oh i definitely get that feeling a lot, usually it gets to the point where i just feel like giving up. But to get rid of it, i try to remember that those godly artists draw like its their life and it's all just perseverance in the end. You can go as slow as you want, as long as you draw for yourself and get to your goal at the end ^^ ///sorryifthiswasntmuchhelp ><
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InfinateWishes|Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! It did help! Just remember! You are an amazing artist! I look forward to seeing more and more of your absolutely amazing works! <33 
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GwenledyrWaywardscy|Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, this is totally amazing!
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YumeAmaterasu|Student Digital Artist
I feel the same way almost everyday I feel stressed about my art I really do wish I was farther than where I am. That's one of my fears that I hope I can get through too. I ish the best for you too! You really are an inspiration!!!!!!!!!
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aw thank you so much, im honored! And don't worry, i'm pretty sure all artists suffer through that. It's a constant thing I have to deal with, wishing to better than where I am atm. But I just try to convince myself to relax and let time and practice do its thing ^^
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YumeAmaterasu|Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the words of encouragement & advice!!! and you're so welcome!!! I look forward to more of your art keep up the beautiful job<333:hug:
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You're very welcome! ^U^ I hope we both manage those pesky thoughts that stop us from enjoying art hehe
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ureshii-hm|Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaaw!! I want to draw that cute as you :3
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Lotusbitch's avatar
Beautifully vibrant :love:
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HectorMcreyes|Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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Gadgetsmith|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I Think perfectionism hinders & even ruins great art sometimes.

I've seen perfectionism hold People back, and worse yet, keep Them from developing Their Own Unique Style - They refused to see that the imperfections that definedTtheir Work made their work perfect.

I might just be talking about Me. Either way. this is really nice. And colourful. Well done.
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SirFerrick|Hobbyist General Artist
Cool and creepy.
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morfin1925|Hobbyist Artist
awesome *_______________* :heart:
the colors are gorgeous ( and hair :love: i love it :heart: )
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TehAngelsCry|Professional Interface Designer
Absolutely stunning work <3 Gorgeous colours!
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shiori2525|Hobbyist Digital Artist
so colorful and truly amazing piece of work
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!! I WANNA BE LIKE U!!!! 5*****
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GoGo-Ghosty|Student General Artist
This is so stunning!
I love the raw emotion it conveys~
=3= it makes me wanna make beautiful art~♥♥♥

yeah, I am also a perfectionist...

It's so bad sometimes that I lose the will to draw, or work on anything (for the exact reasons you listed)
:iconorzplz:

But I'm <slowly> pushing past it!
I mean, I still think those things, and it kind of depresses me... but I seem to be able to ignore it, and continue working on art~

Good luck with your own battle! >: 3
I'm sure you'll be able to push past it as well :icononioncheer2plz:
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Thank you so much! Good luck with as well to you!! ^U^
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GoGo-Ghosty|Student General Artist
You're welcome, and thanks~♥
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