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Artist Dilemma: You draw what may be the best piece you've ever done, BUT you can't get ONE part of it right to save your life. That one thing ruins the overall composition. What do? 

31%
158 deviants said lol I can't draw
30%
157 deviants said Leave that part the way it is. It's dishonest to cover it up.
24%
125 deviants said Cover that one part you can't get right with something you can draw well.
14%
70 deviants said Refrain from posting it or showing anybody until you learn how to do it right.
1%
6 deviants said Scrap the whole picture.

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eucalipto Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015
Post the drawing shamelessly. Watch people say it's the best part of your drawing.

Also:

Finish the drawing proud because it looks fantastic. Mirror the drawing in the image editor. Lend your guns to your neighbor because you are afraid you will kill yourself.
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:iconchimeranfighter:
Chimeranfighter Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
wait a week and come back to it.
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:iconmisteroppai:
MisterOppai Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw remove yourself away for the drawing for a bit and come back to it. A fresh mind can sometimes help in these cases.
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:iconmilkybody:
MilkyBody Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Study. 

Learn.

Improve.

THEN call it done.
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ShisutomuLuxray Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH GOD FOR ME ITS THE FACES
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Bulg0gi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
I don't know anything about art, but this advice probably is vague enough to apply: showing off something imperfect will allow others to offer their (hopefully constructive) criticisms, which allows you to understand your work from multiple perspectives.

So I'm all for seeing something thats not perfect, cause no one can help you if you hide it.
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7LoS7 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm not the best artist. in fact, my page all got started because of a joke between friends. however when you put your all into something, even if you can't get one part right, you should show it all. Not only to learn from your mistakes and improve but to also show your self and others the things that you can do. 
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DiamondbangerWulf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
lol I can't draw

Honestly I have nothing against shortcuts just so long as they're not overdone like Rob Liefeld's drawings (example here: assets.sbnation.com/assets/107…) but it is best if you leave it as is. It'll help you improve when looking back at it.
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:iconwatchering:
Watchering Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Post it anyway and work on fixing the problem in your spare time. Then just upload that if/when you succeed.
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:icongeinto:
Geinto Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015   Digital Artist
>dishonest to cover it up.

lul what

If I make something that looks nice and I can improve it by changing something, I'm going to change it. If there's an aspect I didn't do well, I'll redo it. If I can't redo it, I'll try to do something different with it. I'm only being dishonest if I'm doing something like constantly covering up hands and constantly claiming I'm the best fucker in the world at drawing hands.
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plucky9 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
I just leave it as is. I draw so badly that no amount of touchups will never make it any better. DA left me a bit jaded since I saw some artists from my younger days suddenly becoming very good in modern times.

All whilst my stuff still stinks.
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Thunderman5000 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
If every thing is perfect but that one thing it might go unoticed
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:iconxopachi:
XoPachi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
It's gone.
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:iconcrazy-cookie-baker:
Crazy-Cookie-Baker Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Leave it as is. I may suck at art, but that's never stopped me from doing anything. :P

But seriously, I usually make at least one minor slip up in each pic I do, but I just do my best and work to correct errors in future endeavors.
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WhoppiriusCranium Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just do it.
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reddrake56 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm not much of an artist, but what about working around said problem child?
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LockwoodMakuRoc Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
I may not be an artist at the moment, but I'd say continue on, and start making practice images involving that particular element. I mean the worse that will happen is that you don't quite improve, but make it part of your style, and it grows on you. There's no real loss in having that "Perfect piece but with a flaw." As having that flaw makes it something far more powerful.

Also acknowledging you have a shortcoming means you know you have room to grow and am willing to grow. As to just going "HAH! HIDE IT AND LET THE PEONS SHOWER RAIN ON ME!" like some artists out there.

-Shots fired rapid airhorn-

If my tone is taken wrong, let me know. I know I tend to make my wording a bit poor at times.
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:iconbiasty:
BIasty Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
don't even worry about it because no one will notice but you
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reddermend Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
>Tell myself to continue on it once I get better.
>never touch that art in particular ever again.
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moroki123 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
what ever you do don't scrap it. as many have said prior this really isn't a problem with a correct answer. As long as your aware of the problem area you can always come back to it once you've figured out how to correct it.
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theskender2 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
I can't draw :(
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ArcanusUmbra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Leave it the way it is. The worst thing that can happen is that someone will give you constructive criticism or point out what they think is wrong. No matter how perfect a piece feels, you may look at years later and laugh at the notion that you thought it was your best piece ever. If you are proud of it, I'm sure it will get the recognition it deserves, even if it's not perfect. It's all about learning and continuing to get better!
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Rin-hara Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im not trained in drawing... but at my 3d models some parts are not perfect.  So i show only the good parts in a good pose and optimize the not so good parts later for another rendering setting.
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GypsySquid Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015   General Artist
Leave it as it is until you know why and how it's wrong.
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:iconinternetrage:
internetrage Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
the wife normally just covers it or makes a small change
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GAIN-OVER Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Keep working on that part until you get it right. Try flipping the image or different angles, look up references. Practice it out of context. It'll take longer but you'll be more satisfied with the result. ^^

Unless it's a minor detail, then you can leave it as is and do better next time.

Then again remember: "How is one to advance, nerd, if you keep wasting your energy on one enemy?" -Some ninja
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LEET7 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
It really depends if that part is crucial to the piece or not. If it's something minor, you can always cover it up. But if it's a major part of the piece, might as well swallow your pride and learn how to do it properly. If you're gonna do it, might as well do it right.
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ScPSBBsd Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's one of the things that there is no real correct answer to. I'm not an artist, but I am a programmer who runs into this problem quite a bit.
Covering the one part up works, but it will eat at you. Every single time you look at your creation, that's the first thing that will come to mind.
Leaving it as is could be considered honorable, at least if you consider covering it up dishonorable. However, people really tend not to care about cover-ups when they consume content. As long as what they're getting works for them, they could care less if what's delivered wasn't originally what the creator had in mind.
Refraining from publishing it might work, however this is how you get burnt out on things. It's like a death spree in a video game, you keep getting it wrong and getting it wrong until you get frustrated with it all, take a break, come back after working on other things with a different mindset and you might end up getting it on your first try.
Scrapping projects is something I've done many many times, and it's discouraging to say the least. All that work gone, and even though you learned from it, you still wish something physical would've come out it in the end.

What I personally do is include that area in as many of my projects as possible. At first a foreach loop was just an impossible concept for me, I had no idea how to actually use it without it being clunky and just inefficient IF I could even get it to work at all. So I used the damn thing as much as I could, and over time I got better. Now it's honestly one of my favorite tools to use when working with data. While I feel like some projects suffered because of it, my current ones are definitely working better because of it.

While I'm not sure the perspective of someone who works in C# will be of any help, (I can't draw my way out of a wet paper bag,) if this question is hypothetical since your artwork seems as amazing as ever or even if you'll bother reading something so long-winded, that's the best answer I can give.
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sniperG1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Heheh, ooooh that happened not so long ago for me.=v= Ones I saw it so couldn't I do anything els but to cover it up, but I would have tried to redo it (or draw something els on it) if it wouldn't have been for the fact that it was already inked and colored with promarkers.DX

Well anyway, cover it up with something you can do is my tip, but if it doesn't look too bad so is there no harm in showing it!^v^
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xSamiamrg7x Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
I would try to do the best you can to get the part right, and call it finished. Maybe take a break and come back later and try again, but don't give up.
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JazzyDemon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aye, leave it as is. the artists eyes have a way of soughting out what needs to be fixed, while the common viewer will most likely still praise it. If you truly feel bad about it, then fix it at your own time. Mistakes are what make your work yours and can lead to further inspiration to improve. Own up to it.
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Alexofthepast Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Keep it as is and try to improve on it next time.
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JMartin01 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Stop take a step back and think is it really worth getting frustrated over chances are it's not so don't worry about it we will still like it because you draw it :-) 
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Cosmo-naut Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the key is to realize that you'll make something better later on, so you shouldn't get yourself stuck on one single picture
Also, if you can't fix something specific or make it look like the way you want it to, you either need to practice more fundamental things and/or start the picture over
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Disturbed-Yui Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Leave it as is, it's alright to have a mistake or two, it let's people know that you didn't start out as a master artist, and would help motivate people, knowing that they could reach your level ^^

I honestly hope that made sense, I'm not good with motivational stuff
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Sarkeset Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
At least 7/10 times I see artists come up with a variation on this question it's something only they can see. So given no context of what you're worried about, or if this is a hypothetical, going with the 'dishonest to cover it up' mostly because it's the closest option to 'leave it be, it's not as bad as you think' 
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uhawww Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
-Leave it as it is.
-Declare your awareness of the issue
-Pledge to get better at it
-80'S TRAINING MONTAGE
-Improvement
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BlackStarSquadron Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
THIS.
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:iconbutter-cups:
Butter-Cups Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
you smack the cup's bottom against the table, making the icee pack itself down again, so you dont have to keep putting your straw in different places.
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Trinity-Fate Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought you were talking about your own bottom for a second.

Like how is me spanking you supposed to solve the dilemma.
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Butter-Cups Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
why did your mind go to spanking ME in the first place?
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:iconbuttery-inkling:
Buttery-Inkling Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Maybe because your name is Butter-Cups and here you are talking about Cup's bottom.
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:icontrinity-fate:
Trinity-Fate Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because you said smack the "cup's" bottom. And I immediately saw your username above it. >:I
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PrinceSpookyCakes Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Master the fuk out of whatever it is, and make it look bootiful owo)/

Then show everyone how gud you are at it uwu
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Trinity-Fate Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But mastering something even insignificant take take months or years. And by that time, you wouldn't even be proud of that picture anymore. ;w;
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PrinceSpookyCakes Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How abput dedicating a study to it? <w<a
ya know, like a hand or foot study owo Just draw it over and over until ya get the feel for it and can make it lookgood, and them show the world how cool you are owo)/
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Trinity-Fate Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need to do both of those at some point. My hand and foot abilities are lacking. But yes, I see where you're coming from. TwT
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Buttery-Inkling Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would scrap it. I'm a perfectionist after all.
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