Lately, as I've been browsing all the amazing artwork featured here on DeviantArt I keep asking myself the question; what inspires or motivates artists, especially amateurs to keep at it? Do they enjoy the technical process of creation? Is it the challenge of taking a few basic art tools and creating something beautiful? Or are artists fueled by a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment when they get to step back and say "It's finished" "I gave it my best shot"! I know of course it's all of these things and many more that inspire artists to do what they do. But still, I wonder; what makes all the hard work and time spent on a piece of artwork worth it for the average person?
I've been on DeviantArt for over a year now. In all that time I've never finished one of the sketches or drawings I've started. And obviously I've never uploaded anything either. I find that somewhat depressing.
Of course every time I come here I am amazed by what I see. I have found so many artists who's work I find truly beautiful and inspirational who's work I can genuinely appreciate and enjoy. But for some reason they haven't inspired me to be creative myself. This is unfortunate. But perhaps I may yet find a source of motivation. I certainly hope so.