Ivorylungs started this wonderful meme to inspire artists who are just starting out. This is my take on it.
You can read some of my commentaries by clicking on the pictures above. I wanted to start by saying that I’ve personally been very hard on my own works from the very beginning. Looking back at my old artworks often made me feel very embarrassed and because of that, I’ve thrown away a lot of my works from 2007 till 2010, and there were times when I felt like giving up.
I’ve come to realise that most creators - no matter what their mediums or genres are - are more critical of their own works than others. It’s a constant struggle to fight your own inner critic and that makes it hard to share yours works with others - even more so when you’re just starting out. But know that not every creation you make will be your greatest piece of work. And that’s okay. Just keep on practicing and never let your insecurities stop you from doing what you love. It’s only going to make you better at what you do. You should never feel discouraged even if you’re starting out at an older age than most artists or if you can’t draw like your favourite artists or if others receive more comments than you do. Everyone transitions at their own pace, and you’re meant to find and rock your own personal style!
I don’t think I’ll ever be completely satisfied with all aspects of my own art, but I’m going to try to use that in a positive way; to push myself to do better. And I hope you all will too! Stay awesome and keep at it! You WILL get there!
Hopefully my post will help in some way and if you need more inspiration, do check out the Bad Art Is Good Art tag. The Fanartivation Artist Interview series also has lots of words of encouragements, tutorials, and some first artwork examples by awesome experienced artists across many different mediums, fandoms, and styles.