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I recently felt it being one of the most important things, not just for an artist; being happy with what you do. No one wants to get up every morning thinking.. shit .. another work day. Of course there can be days, maybe even a full week of that, but the majority of your time you should be feeling content and happy even.
With that lack of love and enthusiasm it is most likely reflected into your work.

One Layer draw (monster) by angelavianello

Now it's not always your own fault that your work doesn't make you happy and doesn't feed your creative monster. But it can be in these cases.

You make your OWN workday miserable when:
:bulletblue: If you don't speak your mind and stand up for your opinion and values.
:bulletblue: If you're not open minded regarding feedback and new techniques.
:buletblue: If you don't aim for improvement. (though aiming for perfecting all the time can be stressful)
:bulletblue: when you allow yourself to work under stressful circumstances for too long.

These are thing you could change yourself or perhaps communicate with others to see if they are dealing with it as well, perhaps they can help.
Asking for help does not make you less competent, it is the opposite really.

Groot by jeffsimpsonkh

In other cases it's your environment, superiors, colleagues or the type of work you do that causes this unhappy feeling.

:bulletred: When you have too little time to get things done the right way.
:bulletred: When you get treated disrespectful or as if you lack the knowledge and capability that you should.
:bulletred: When you get underpaid.
:bulletred: When there is too little victory/praise compared to feedback and failure.
:bulletred: When your equipment is faulty and there is no way if replacing it, making it harder for you to do your work.
:bulletred: If you feel when you are treated unequal from your colleagues.

In any of these cases you should have a sit-down with your manager/art director/ boss of sorts and talk it over and see if things can be changed. Without you saying these things, noon will ever notice and nothing will change on it's own.
Now I'm not saying you should be a wall of complaint the whole time, stuff happens and it's not always a slice of cake, but don't wait it out too long.

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Getting overworked, depressed or burned out are serious things and will leave you without work at all. Take good care of yourself, you are important, no matter what position you fill at work.

In any case :D always feel free to contact/ add me on FB :D I will always try my best to respond and hand out advice or have a little chat ^^ :hug:
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How does feeling bad make you do bad work?

Easy. You will slack, you will not improve you will not put your heart in it.
When you feel good and positive you are better in coping with feedback and have more hunger to making things better, you will probably not settle for less.



All my other journals:
The 5 bullshit myths of concept art.Concept art is getting bigger and bigger. More people know what it is nowadays, it gets shown in the media more often and more books get released. This automatically results into more people wanting to become concept artists. So many artschools are now creating special courses all towards game art or concept art. (Game art can also include UI design, 3D modeling etc.).
Yet it is a fairly new thing to most people and the idea of "becoming a concept artist" has grown rapidly over such a short time that a lot of people who are new to it seem to get a lot of misguide info. I am going to try to list this misguided info and direct you to the correct info.
(Again I would always advise you to do your own research and form your own knowledge and not just simply agree with what you read online, not from anyone, not from me. Even though i'm right ;) .. ofcourse. :P *wink *wink )
  
  Are you on the right track? + Fuck Talent!Am I on the right track?
This is a thing people often wonder and think it's a complicated to find out, but it is actually pretty simple. It's a different question you need to ask yourself based on different topics.
As for: Fuck talent! You'll find it if you scroll down :P
:bulletblue: Topic 1: Am I on the right track to becoming a better artist?
Does your work from today, look closer to your initial goal than your work from last week? (this needs to be both in skill and idea.)
:bulletgreen: Good skills: Honing your technique, training you muscle memory, being more knowledgeable about your tools and art rules. With art rules I mean: Perspective, form, light, texture, composition.
:bulletgreen: Good ideas: Storytelling, characteristics, charm, emotion and design. Not just making things look polished but also convey something more, something that brings it to life and speaks to pe
How to win Art-contests! (+ Caldyra winners!)Let me start by saying how incredibly happy I am with all these amazing and inspiring entries! This definitely calls for doing another such contest soon!
Most of you have really tried their best and it shows! I couldn't have asked for better or more, choosing the winners among these was already aching my brains.
This journal will show the winners and the special mentions but also a bit about how to higher your changes on winning contests (maybe good for the next one).
This was my contest for those interested:

How to win contests?!
The change on winning a contest always gets smaller based on the amount of people joining in, however this doesn't mean that your work will be diminished by the numbers.
Here is a list of tips and tricks to make sure that your work gets into the top 10 !
:bulletblue: Triple read the contest's description. Make sure you got every detail right.
In this case it was pretty important that the Skyworm loo
A big black hole called: Procrastination.Procrastination is an infinite cycle that becomes bigger and bigger the longer it's there and the time wasted being sucked into it is a dark matter of nothing.
:P hahah I figured this was the most dramatic way to put it, but yeah, it's real and it sucks.
For those who don't know what it means: Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
We all suffer from procrastination. It is pretty innocent when you have it with household chores or packing your suitcase before you go on a holiday. 
But it becomes a serious problem when you do it with the important things in your life. I take it you're an artist if you're reading this and the biggest aim of being an artist is to be an even better one.
As shown in previous journals there are many
What to do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I meet a lot of aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidance
and this is what I tell them.
(This is a revisited version of an old journal with new and updated guidelines/info)
Find out what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions or hobbies to take on.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of book covers or for card games and so much more.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must do research on the most valued artwork from that niece. 
Find out what makes the best artist of your favorite field the best artist. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.

The most basic study aims are the following:

:bulletblue: Lighting.
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will
Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn your
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
:bulletblue: How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's. 
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour
This is why you (and your art) get ignored.People often get the sense of being ignored in the art-scene, especially here online. We all try so hard to get our foot in the door, it's like trying to stuff yourself in an overfull bus like a sardine in a can.
Sometimes you just want to socialize with other artists you admire and you seem to be talking into a brick wall or perhaps you've send your portfolio to a company over a dozen times and still don't even seem to get the smallest response or feedback. I will try and tell you WHY you get ignored and HOW you can get noticed instead.
I will go through the following cases of being ignored:
:bulletgreen: Your comment.
:bulletgreen: Your art.
:bulletgreen: Your Portfolio.
:bulletyellow: Do know, that even though being ignored feels very personal it's hardly ever personal at all! 
:bulletblue: Your comment(s) gets ignored.
It happens ever so often. You notice an artwork or a discussion and you weigh in with your opinion or admiration, perhaps even some feedback? T
The problematic behavior of online artists.There is a bunch of things online artist do terribly wrong on a regular basis. Some of it might be directly aimed to you and some might be things you from others. 
Shortlist:
:bulletblue: Way too little time spend on painting/practice.
:bulletblue: People making nit pick pointers.
:bulletblue: The extreme fuzz about labels and methods.
:bulletblue: Witch-hunting/ talking smack.
However I'd like to start with a totally opposite note:
This year I've also experienced great support from the art community for which I'm dearly grateful for.
:icontituslunter: got me an amazing birthday gift(video), made by him and fellow awesome artists:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10203399746211607
And the support I've had this past week with the event of my sisters death has been incredibly helpful. (Thank you for all the donations, there are no more worries about money anymore thanks to you awesome people!)

:bulletred: (most of) You seem to spend way to li
Don't let the crap of the internet brainwash you.warning: This journal is my opinion and my view on things. I support open-mindedness and the possibility of anything.
The internet is full of it: People with strong opinions. Usually about 'how to do things' and 'how to absolutely not do things'.
Ask any given person this question: What is good art?
They will all give you a different answer and some of those answers are waaaay to specific for their own good.
Meaning they have a very specific view on what is good and see other work that does not meet up those qualifications as: bad, fake or cheating.
It is natural to have a preference toward certain topics or techniques when making art, but it's wrong to push those ideas upon others as a set of rules. (kinda like forcing someone into a religion)
Art should be a free medium for people to express themselves, even if this means their work goes against your standards or deems unpleasant for your taste.
(Child pornography, animal cruelty etc not included, there are limits to

The stuff that artists go through.There are so many pro's and con as to being an artist, professional or as a hobby. 
It feels nice to be able to express yourself through something you make and when that something turns out to be looking good we get this sense of accomplishment. 
Most of the time though there are bad feelings mixed with the good ones.
:bulletblue: Not being understood. Those moments where your friends or family does not understand that you have to desire to be alone and work on your art. Those copious amounts of hours you spend working and they wonder why you wouldn't rather be outside relaxing in the sun or hang out with your friends.
The only people who will ever fully understand this are other artists or simply very understandable people. It's important they they will eventually understand so there wont be any hurt feelings. Try to explain ti as calmly and rational as you can, perhaps with using examples in terms they would understand.

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  Overcome your unfair obstacles.We all have certain obstacles that gives us the feeling of: 'This is so unfair!.'
To me it's one of the most annoying feelings in the world because in general we don't really know how to deal with it. One little part of us says: 'Don't whine about it, you are just being jealous.' the other part of you tells you: 'If I didn't have this obstacle or disability I would rule the world!!'
So you bounce around anger, sadness, hopelessness and envy. 
If you were just sad about something or simply angry it would be a lot easier to deal with, you cry or you just vent a bit towards a friend. 
But how to deal with he feeling of unfairness? 

:bulletblue: There are many things that can form this unfair obstacle for you.
Physical obstacles such as: MS, Lyme disease, Arthritis, Color blindness, missing fingers?
Mental obstacles such as: Depression, being a procrastinator (yes I'm naming it because it's a mental blockade that keeps you fro
Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?

Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general. 
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
1. Willpower.
2. Endurance.
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
:bulletblue: Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
:bulletblue: Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc. 
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony. 
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
When I joined Deviant Art
Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)

Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
When someone brings your art down...Putting our art out there makes us very vulnerable, especially when you've made something close to your heart. Perhaps something of your own fantasy, a story, a fan fiction your passionate about?
As much as most of us really want to improve, we also simply want to make art because we love it and when we share it there is a slight hope there is someone out there who will love it too.
There are all kinds of ways other people can bring you down by saying something about your art, or by doing nothing at all! Perhaps YOU are even part of making someone feel down and you're not realizing it!

:bulletblue: The harsh critique.
This person might want to help you or simply likes to bring you down. In either case this person will write in length about your lack of technique, uniqueness and/or skill. 
:bulletred: Respond option: Thanks but no thanks! Tell this person you appreciate the time spend on their post, but you rather hear constructive c
How to deal with or get feedback.Getting feedback or critiques may be hard for people.
Some people want it really bad but can't seem to get it, at least not from the people he/she is hoping for.
And other get it all the time but feel a little attacked or bullied by it.
Pretty much anyone with eyes and some intelligence is able to spot mistakes or irregularities in someone's work. This person doesn't have to be more skilled than you. 
However, this person... might be wrong.... 
:bulletpurple: How do you judge a critique?
You initially made your artwork according to the knowledge you currently have. Leaving room for mistakes in the elements you're not trained or knowledgeable in. Or perhaps you think you know something and you are not aware that it's wrong.
When someone gives you feedback, even though it might feel incorrect. Take a little time to do some extra research on the matter. 
:bulletblue: You can ask others if they agree with someone's feedback.
:bulletblue: You can search online (with anat
So tired of not achieving what you want?So tired of not achieving what you want?

Everyone has something they really want dearly, a career, to have a certain loved one, to be able to make certain things...
The most common one among us artist are:
- I want to be able to draw better
- I want to be able to draw like "this"person.
- I want to earn money with my drawing.
- I want to be able to draw what I imagine in my head.
- I want more people to appreciate my art.
- I want more feedback from artists I admire.
- I want more..
- I want better....
All this wanting.. dreaming of... hoping for.
How about doing it!! With these sort of "wants", it's a matter of DOING IT!
How? You ask?
There are many ways, but the usual and only answers to those desires are: 
- Spend the most time you have on drawing/painting.
- Go and ask people for help, it is okay to do so!
- Look at that amazing artwork and try and figure out how this person made it, perhaps he/she will tell you? Perhaps this person has made a video or tutoria
Avoid getting ripped off by a client.As a freelancer most of your business takes place online, which makes it really easy
for people to rip you off. How many times have we seen the following scenario's:
1- Someone offers a descent payment for your artwork but wants you to do an art-test first.
after the art-test you're being told you're not good enough. Later you find out that other people
got to do different art-test topics and also weren't good enough. The client clearly ripped people off to get free artwork.
2- Someone offers good money for your artwork. The sketch gets approved so you continue working. Right when it's done the total image suddenly becomes a great disappointment and the client ends up not paying you.
These were just 2 examples of situations that happen a lot to freelancers. There are many more like it.
:bulletblue: How to detect if a client is a bit fishy...
Does their email address look professional? Some legit people may use their Gmail address, with their real name or nickname, those are questionabl

The emotional shield that prevents hurt.Being an artist = Being sensitive.
We all know it. Making something and then showing it out there makes you very vulnerable, emotionally.
What if people think it's shit? What if they think it's weird... what will they think? Will that reflect on how they think of me as a person?
I know what some of you are thinking right now... 'You should care less about what people think of you or you art.'
In a sense you are right.. than again, you SHOULD care what people think of you and your art! They are your market and potential clients.
It's easier when you're already doing your dream job and couldn't care less for other potential directions... but most of us will always stay interested in new opportunities.
They= Everyone who see your personality and/or artwork.

Being an artist = Being lonely.
Artists of a certain type tent to stick together. Industry veterans seems to ignore the public eye and the internet fully. Some artists in the making clut
Being a miserable artist = being a bad artist.I recently felt it being one of the most important things, not just for an artist; being happy with what you do. No one wants to get up every morning thinking.. shit .. another work day. Of course there can be days, maybe even a full week of that, but the majority of your time you should be feeling content and happy even.
With that lack of love and enthusiasm it is most likely reflected into your work.

Now it's not always your own fault that your work doesn't make you happy and doesn't feed your creative monster. But it can be in these cases.
You make your OWN workday miserable when:
:bulletblue: If you don't speak your mind and stand up for your opinion and values.
:bulletblue: If you're not open minded regarding feedback and new techniques.
:buletblue: If you don't aim for improvement. (though aiming for perfecting all the time can be stressful)
:bulletblue: when you allow yourself to work under stressful circumstances for too long.
These are
Timing fucking matters.Time does a lot of things, it makes you older, it gets you to places, it never stops going forward. However you control when and how you use it!
Everyone makes choices on a daily bases, most of them are actually done with your auto-pilot function out of habit.

Most people usually sit in the same spot on the couch, chooses what to wear based on previously made combinations and so on, unless they consciously become aware of their action and might decide it's time for a change. It can be a small thing that makes people aware of their options
You can count that pretty much every person out there works like this and YOU often depend on THEIR choices.
My point of this journal is saying: Use this in your advantage!
Time can be compared to a diet. Eating to much bad stuff will make you unhealthy and feel bad, while eating healthy things will keep you going and feel good. So time can either make you feel stuck in one place, maybe even going backwards (ageing already does that for you) or
Things I learned at: The Industry Workshops 2014Holy shit amazeballs... this past weekend....
But let me start of by shortly telling you what the industry workshops actually were.
(The artwork in this journal are from some of the lecturers.)
:bulletblue: What is: #IW_14?
The Industry workshops took place last weekend August 29 to 31 2014, at 2 venues both located at Hoxton Square, London United Kingdom.
It was organized and hosted by a group of industry professionals in the fields of concept art, matte painting and illustration in film, games and freelance.
Let me name the people that profited the lectures and demo's from 10 in the morning to 8 in the evening, ending with a 1+ hour QA session as seen on the picture below.

(Not in the same order as the picture)
Alex Brady, Alex Heath, Alex Negea, Andrei Riabovitchev, Björn Hurri, Dave Neale, emrah elmasli, Jama Djurabeav, Jon McCoy, Jonas De Ro, Kan Muftic, Levi Peterffy, Mark tompkins, Nadia Mogile
When inspiration is far to be found...We all get these anoying times when we really want to make something cool, get inspired and work that magic. We see everyone around us (online) do it, but how come we are not?
So we look for ways to get inspired, we ask around, find these usual answers: go watch a film, listen to music.. take a walk...
But even when we do that, we still end up stuck most of the time.
Part of the solution is knowing WHY we get stuck and this is my theory.

:bulletblue: ADT - Attention Deficit Trait.
'Experiencing an inner frenzy of distractability, impatience, difficulty in setting priorities, staying focused and managing time. Those are our biggest enemies as they all end up cluttering your head and keeping you from spending quality focused time on a singular topic.
Everything we do now a days is based around multitasking and it is giving us a constant overdose of information. Let me elaborate.
How many of you travel daily by public transport and don't look away
A simple guide on: Commissioning an Artist.It's often not as simple as one wants it to be when both artist and client want it to be: Cost efficient, time efficient and quality efficient.
I've often spend my time discussing the best way to handle commissions with clients and artist friends that I came to the conclusion that clarity and understanding is key.
I will divide the guidelines I work with based on 3 commission types.
:bulletblue: Character commissions.
:bulletblue: Book covers ( or illustrations)
:bulletblue: Concept art.
Reading all 3 parts will give you the full scope as a lot of it applies to one another as well.

:bulletgreen: Character commissions.
:bulletblue: 1. Reference board.
If you as a client have very specific characteristic features all set and done for your character it can be very useful for the artist if you'd make them a reference board of art and photos that portray these things.
:bulletblue: 2. Personality.
The artist does not wish for a life story of your cha
The Key to keeping yourself motivated properly.Let me start off with telling you what motivation is and why you need it.
A motivation is a reason behind doing something a certain way to work yourself up to a certain goal. Just having a goal but no understanding of how to get there, means you have no way to motivate yourself and your goal will be hard to reach. 
Therefore motivation is needed desperately in order to become truly good at something.
The motivation to eat is the feeling for hunger and the end goal of ending the hunger and feeling healthy and energized. This type of motivation is a feeling. 
Which brings me to: Intrinsic motivation and Extrinsic motivation.
Shortly explained:
Intrinsic motivation: Is a drive that comes from within the person itself. It's a self-desire to seek out new things and new challenges to see how far you can reach to observe and to gain knowledge. This person can enjoy the struggle towards a goal absent the reward. 
Extrinsic motivation: This is a motivatio

Thanks for all the comments! I will do my best to reply to most of them, even if it sometimes takes a while, reading these always cheers me up a lot! :D (Big Grin)

Wanna ask me direct questions? Come hang with me on Twitch sometime where I paint and give feedback :)

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Disclaimer: The artwork posted in my journals are not (always) made by me but artists I admire. This is my way of sharing their incredibly work with the rest of you. All these journals are based on my personal experience and that of artist friends. English is my second language and I have dyslexia so do note I am prone to make mistakes. I write these journals to remind myself of the things I've learned.

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KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017   Writer
Have to disagree here, sorry :shrug: feeling bad doesn't make me do bad work. It just doesn't. :iconshrugsplz:



Also, speaking your mind is important, but do so in moderation. There are times and places where your opinion is valued, and there are places where it's not. Telling the difference can be crucial :O


No matter how much you try to, you cannot avoid negative thoughts and feelings in your life, and people who make you feel that way. They are all a part of life. It's good to try to make your life happier and better, but it's also important to realize that a perfect life does not exist. There will always be something we aren't happy about. It's simply impossible to live without any disappointment. And trying to eradicate all sadness from one's life can have adverse effects:


if you speak your mind and tell someone to stop bullying you :| you'll only get bullied more. (just an example to illustrate a point)
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CookieK17 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've stopped drawing all together people would say I was good artist when I was drawing in front of them but after a while I noticed that I wasn't even average in fact I really haven't gotten any better since I was 13 and that was 5 years ago,and people online wouldn't critique or even comment on any of my actual art. People thought that I should be an artist ,but I was mediocre at it ,and now I'm just want to find out what I am actually good since for a long time people said I was good at art when I know now that isn't the case. I know I couldn't even if I was actually a decent artist that I couldn't make a career out of it so I just stopped all together. 
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Undertale-Trashie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
* Don't worry about "not getting better at it" You don't need to be good at at a thing because its "Trending" or "people are talking about it" or something.

* What i'm trying to say is, Ask yourself, "Do I like doing art?" If the answer is "Yes" then you should continue. Remember, A scribble to you could be a MASTERPIECE to someone else. If the answer is "No" Then try to find out something else. Keep doing new things, and discover your passion. 

* I really hope this helps! Tight Hug Hug 
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps instead of trying to find out 'how good' you are, try and find out where you can improve! :)
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DropOfEvil Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, there's a reason I haven't drawn in a long time. Still waiting for the day when I'm not miserable. I hope it comes quickly. I have a lot of drawing ideas, but no state of mind to do it. It's a big disappointment to me.
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Darkfreeze-thehybrid Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, I cannot draw and lie about how I'm feeling. You may think you know how your feeling, but for me, I really don't until I sit down and randomly draw something. I don't just 'not feel like drawing', but if I get an idea, I'm usually in that mood that leads to the mood of the drawing, if you get my drift. For example, I'm currently in a good mood, but I have an idea for a Sketch that leaks anger, as in the character's expression. This makes me wonder, am I secretly angry about something? SOOO, relating to this article, even if I'm having a bad day, MOST of the time it doesn't lead to dark, depressing work. If you were to flip through one of my sketchbooks, you would not find 2 of more pictures in a row sharing the same mood, with the exception of happiness. Maybe it's because I'm normally cheerful, but what I'm trying to say is the emotion I'm  feeling while drawing is not usually expressed... Rather an emotion I just feel. Ok great I just confused myselfI think I've fainted. 
anyway, I love this article :)
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snicholes0000 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You always write such great articles.
I'm having a really bad time with things now. I work in phases where I 1) Hit a skill wall and feel unhappy with what I'm doing 2) Start a period of intense study 3) Feel I'm accomplishing something, then get less feedback than before. 4) enter a period of depression and anger as i've sunk too much time and money in to quit.

I really like the fact that you mentioned Equipment failure/lack. I can't keep up with these rich college kids, Cintiqs etc. I mean, my god, my PC is 8 yrs old. I was barely able to stream. If one more thing breaks Im screwed.

My issue isn't responding to feedback badly, It's that I never get ANY. I don't feel like i'm THAT bad, though I don't really like my paintings. I get a bit annoyed when someone feedsback something nowhere near what I asked them
(I had a big to do last year at Crimson Daggers, where they had a HUGE misunderstanding of what I was trying to say, ending with a Famous artist basically crapping all over me. He admitted not even READING what i wrote, and still won the argument?)

I have had issues with peers calling me a beginner etc, despite their knowledge of my working as a pro concept artist at a few studios. (small company, low bar) They might paint better, but lack the experience (aspect ratio knowledge, working with 3d artists, beta testing)

Maybe I'll be happy when I don't see far less intelligent and creative 20 year olds working for top companies just because they had the money to go to school. It usually seems to be those in the 20-25 range that are the biggest turds.

There are no solutions to these things really. Nothing will magically give me money. I live in the 2nd poorest/Highest unemployment state in the US. Most college grads here don't even have work. The artists are starting their own much more reasonable schools (Oatley academy,Schoolism,smART,Noah's art camp is one of the most reasonably priced.) I left TAD out because, well, $47,000 Isn't what I call reasonable, and I heard alot of bad things 1st hand from students.

Also, please dont't think any of this is aimed toward you! I know nothing of your background age or any else except that you are very good at what you do and write very on target articles on our industry.

Sean.
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MarcoPellino Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
reading this I feel that I had to share a thought ... I consider myself not good on drawing, soon I will start a school of illustration that I hope will improve my skills, but considering myself a bad drawer I don't draw because I'm not satisfied of what I draw, is this wrong? Maybe because I don't have a precise path to follow and I walk on cicles and don't get any improvement!
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DreamsOfGems Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for writing this. From my point of view, being "miserable" is not loving what you do and not living to your own personal expectations, but rather follow other people's expectations like 100%.

I learned that people can expect anything from you, even for things that no mortal can do, LOL. And that is so far the biggest stress I have encountered.
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DragonRam107 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this journal :D it's helping me :)
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Indianimations Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very correct :) When I really enjoy what I am making, I put my heart and soul into it, and each time it turns out great :heart:
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Sharkysaur Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I definitely try harder to make my drawings fun when I'm happy, and when the idea of them makes me happy. Its much better than feeling that I have to produce something amazing because I'm worried about followers or popularity. If I feel like that I get stressed and can't think of anything to draw, or get frustrated when I start sketching and never complete it, because it isn't good enough. This past month I've been telling myself, don't make perfect the goal, because nothing is ever perfect. My new goal is to make something that makes me smile, and pushes me to improve, by trying out new things.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well said. :nod: I feel lucky that I'm so passionate about what I do, and that it keeps me happy even when the work is underpaid or stressful. :p
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canttel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love doing what i do best so.. I would never be unhappy :)
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dr8gonwolf666 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student
Haha that just happened to me last week and luckily I overcame it. Your advice is very helpful and I'm glad that your journals are here. Except, this time it's ironic because I just read your journal after experiencing some the negative emotions you described above :)
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LouisaGallie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Speaking up for yourself is SO important. It's very easy to sit and stew over a decision that's been made above your head, but even if you can't change it, asking for a minute to sit down, chat and get a better understanding from your manager/superior/whatever almost always takes the edge off. 

I have worked with people who would complain, constantly, about feeling left out, opportunities that they felt they deserved going to other people, not being consulted about X, Y or Z and I would always say to them, "Did you ask?"

The answer was usually no. Now if it's yes, then you can sit down with a cup of tea and sympathize but expecting higher ups to be mind readers never made anybody happy.
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bloodtrack Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i disagree. being miserable,as i am right now,actually functions as a great drive to vent out some really good but dark music. perhaps its not the same for drawing and such,but i make my best stuff when im miserable. which iiiiis...quite often,actually...
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KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017   Writer
yes -- it inspires a lot of my writing too :lol: and I've found misery can also be a source of humor ;) if you look at it the right way (is putting characters into shitty embarassing situations and making fun of them)
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AtrousArcturus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
this made me make terms with reality, danke! 
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Boomblox5896 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People need more of this advice because where I am, negative thoughts and comments fill the atmosphere all-too-often.
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well, if you are miserable in any aspect of your life, you really need to change tracks.  As Michael Jackson said in one of my favorite songs, "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change."  Improving one's art is a good step in the right direction.  Hopefully it will lead to more inspiration and allow you to keep on improving.
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boc0 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks Suzanne for the exposure :) Great article as usual!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! An no problem! Loving those characters :D
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boc0 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks! That's greatly appreciated. Love your Caldyra work as well by the way!
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RgDraw Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for this awesome journal ! and "don't worry ! Be Happy !" :D
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Undertale-Trashie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
* Futurama reference? I GOT CHU! Undertale Sans Brows Emoji 
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RgDraw Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Well i was thinking about the song, but it works too xD
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Undertale-Trashie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
* ah..

* ;-;
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RgDraw Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
XD o(*^*)o
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Undertale-Trashie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
* :I
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artofrussell Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Man I'm having this problem now because of my job. Thanks for the advices Suzanne! Its very helpful and hopeful!! =)
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kwikdraw Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Writer
You are writing as (and for) a corporate artist. I don't disagree with you in that context, but being a miserable artist is not necessarily making you a bad artist. Of course, making art is a very expressive career, which demands heart and soul. And if your heart and soul are not "at peace", your work will be affected. On top of that, deadlines, manager's demands, etc., (i.e., factors intrinsic to working for someone else), will add more stress to your performance.

Freelance artists only have to worry about not being dead. They can eat crap and live on. The married ones, of course, have to take care of their family. (Or divorce.)

To make a statement like this is, with all due respect, not seeing the whole playing field of artists and their lives.

Cases in point:
1) Robin Williams just killed himself. He's certainly miserable. Bad actor (artist)? I think not.
2) Van Gogh: He was a nutcase. Bad artist? Hello!
3) Any many others.

Just my thoughts. Mean no disrespect.

KD
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, if I may counter that :)
I'm no expert of course, but my journal is meant for the common Joe like you and I, these 2 names you mention are big names attached to exemplary people.
Even then, I don't think Robin's best work was made during his lowest times, and Van Gogh was Bipolar and suffered from various poisonings. He expressed both high times and low times though expressionism.
This can be amazing for an artist in that field, yet a commercial artist can not have his/her depression be expressed through their work (maybe if they work on a horror game perhaps XD)
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kwikdraw Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Writer
Everyone is entitled to her/his opinions, my friend. I'm not here to argue.
I'm glad we had this discussion. Have a good weekend. :hug:
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ghost59 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i dont have art friends. so XD i just sit down and do nothing until mid might. then i draw. 
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applenina55 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
remember people what you put in to things is what youll get out of it
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SameSayK Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student General Artist
You are an awsome person!
I love your journal entries and your artwork. You inspire me :')
Thank you.
Hälsningar :D
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KenLit Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I´m cheerful, but my mind tend to focus on logic.
I force myself to dream tactically through repetition :)
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M-A-F Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 loose your bones once in a while and flop on to the ground, just kidding, that's how I feel right now haha XD break time :la:

noted cap'ain ;>

Oh, if you know how to deal with moving from project to project or to at least finish what you're doing sooner. It's something I do when I'm stuck and come back to something but you know it can be a bit of a problem sometimes ;<
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RyanDickey Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outside of me trying to become a professional artist, I do landscaping to feed my family and that second list of things you mentioned is my everyday at work, and I definitely let it effect the quality of my work. Ive talked with my boss about it and he never changes anything.
I think I should try harder to look positive at work because its what makes me survive, plus having art to come home to should help me to see more positive.
Thanks for posting this, it was very encouraging.
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HenryBiscuitfist Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Gosh Suzanne, the things you've written lately have been like blessed water in a burning desert for me!

A million thumbs up to ya! :D
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SecretBetweenTheWar Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Artist
now that woudl be true XD though there are days when i'm slacking off and be bit paranoid one things, but soemtimes a chat helps^^
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AbyssalCerebrant Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for these thoughtful journal entries. You and Darren Yeow on Facebook make my days better. Stay awesome, Suzanne! :)
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kyo4kusanagi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
All thats are true...All hsppen to me and i felt it.. .hard but I wont let this stop me from drawing .
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RobertoGatto Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great entry Suzanne! I can totally relate to some aspects, but mainly with the overworking and being burned out (not yet, tho). About the happiness, well, I took one day break from painting, it was horrible :D  I really enjoy what I do. Cheers
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nishlanin Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2014
I have work days like these all the time. Like yesterday, cleaning both my own and everyone else's messes. And having two managers one my case at once. Hopefully I fall asleep during the morning staff meeting today.

On the other hand, thank you for posting this. I think I will try to take your advice.
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
heh... even Jesus said, "You cannot serve two masters." ;-)  It's pretty much an instant recipe for disaster.  It can be made to work, but rarely.  :-(
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nishlanin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Yeah, what do you focus on?
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, trying to not have two bosses at work...  ;-)

Like a lot of other people here, I've got my professional job (IT and computer guy) and my passion (pottery, sculpture and art).  I focus on getting paid enough to eat and keep a roof over my head, and still have time to practice my art as often as possible.  I'm moderately successful enough at selling at shows to pay for most of my art expenses, but definitely not enough to live on.

(I'm actually in the middle of a situation where that might happen, which is why it's on my mind at the moment...  It would be nice to try to split my time 50/50 between the computers and the art, but I'm wondering if I'd just end up doing a lousy job at both...)
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