Before we begin: being confident is not synonymous with turning into an ego driven delusional maniac, just as being humble is not synonymous with being self-deprecating and negative. Okay? Got it? Awesome.
Why should you care about being more confident? Ultimately you will feel better as an artist, you will feel better about your work, other people will feel better about you and your work, and you’ll attract other artists with the same attitude, which in turn will likely motivate you to be more positive about your own work and about the work of others. All good things!
As artists we all seem to think that an attitude of negativity is the one that is most acceptable when it comes to ourselves and our work. That is wrong. I’m here to (hopefully) encourage a more positive outlook on ourselves as artists and our work!
- Accept compliments. When someone pays you a compliment, say ‘thank you’. Don’t say ‘thank you, but I don’t deserve it,’ ‘Thank you but there are better artists out there than me’. ACCEPT IT. Own it. Realise that someone liked your work enough to tell you! Don’t insult them by saying ‘your taste is bad’, because when you throw back a compliment, that’s what you’re saying. You’re also saying you’re not good enough, and you ARE good enough!
- Don’t compliment other artists by undermining yourself. ‘I love your work’. There you go. YOU’VE DONE IT. YAY! You’ve paid a compliment to another artist without tearing yourself down! Don’t ever say ‘I love your art; I’ll never be as good as you.’ ‘Your art is so good, it makes me want to stop drawing forever.’ God, no one wants to hear that. No one wants to deal with that. ‘Your art is so wonderful, it really inspires me to keep working on my own’. THAT’S the real compliment you wanted to pay.
- Speak positively about your work. If you don’t care about your work, if you don’t like your work, then why should anyone?
Don’t send mixed signals where you post your work (ok, cool, so, you want us to care), then you say ‘this sucks, I’m terrible, another awful piece from me’ (??? what’s going on), then someone tentatively decides to battle through the confusion to tell you, ‘no, your artwork is great!’ and you respond ‘no, it sucks,’ (what do you want from me?!)
It is TIRING being around artists who don’t like their work and who constantly need third-party feedback that they throw back anyway. Don’t be the kind of artist that hijacks someone else’s livestream to post their art all over the chat, only to say how much you hate it, and how you think the artist streaming is so much better, and everyone just sits there in awkward silence because 1. you’re so desperate for approval you’ve hijacked someone else’s audience 2. no one knows how to deal with you.
It is DIFFICULT to talk to artists who hate their own work, who always speak negatively of the things they produce. No one wants to be around anyone who constantly moans about how their work just isn’t as good, who constantly acts like a little child threatening to give up an activity forever just because they’re not good at it. Maybe you’re not good at it because you think you’re not good at it and it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Quit it. ‘I’m not where I want to be now, but I will work hard and I will get there.’ Better already.
- Don’t speak about your work as if it is always in the shadow of someone else’s. This just breeds jealousy and discontent. There are so many confessions where artists state that they get so terribly jealous when a friend is perceived to be ‘better’ than them at art that they want to give up. WHAT. That is the saddest thing to know that the success of another artist is enough for some people to want to quit.
You will never be as good as artist x or y because you are NOT artist x or y. You are all on your own unique journey, your art is unique, the things you make and what you learn as an artist, are unique, so they are not comparable. Think of your art as a unique, individual entity. The success of someone’s art has no effect on your own. YOU are the effect on your art.
It’s like you and a neighbour decide to start renovating your houses. And after a while you look over the fence and you realise, oh my God, my neighbour’s house is so nice. And you get obsessed with it. And you get bitter about it. And it gets uncomfortable everytime your neighbour calls you over and tells you how proud they are of their house and you just sullenly say ‘it’s better than mine’. Awkward. And you wonder why everyone goes over your neighbour’s house all the time, why don’t they go over to YOUR house? Maybe it’s because you got so focused on your neighbour you stopped working on your house, and in the times you did, you didn’t enjoy it, you kept looking at your neighbour, and everybody can tell. Don’t be like that. It’s OK to admire other people’s houses but always work on your own, and don’t lose sight of it.
- Bad art happens. Get over it. Not everything you turn out will be a masterpiece (and by this same rule, not everything you turn out is the rotting rat carcass fished up from the sewers that you seem so intent on making everyone believe it is). Don’t beat yourself up about it. Yawn. That’s boring. We all produce bad art, cry me more artist tears about it, I don’t care, no one cares. Bad art doesn’t last forever. One piece, two pieces, fifty pieces of bad art doesn’t mean you’re a bad artist. Bad art helps you learn. All art helps you learn. You don’t need to shout to the world about how disappointed you are with a piece. ‘God this is so bad …’, oh no here we go, we’ve heard this before, ‘because I know I can do better/I have done better. Because it didn’t turn out how I wanted, but I’m going to try again. But it was fun and I learned a lot from it. But it makes me laugh and I’m not actually that disappointed.’ Oh? What a plot twist. Bad art isn’t a sign of your failures, it’s a sign that you’re learning and growing. Embrace it.
- You are worth it and your art is worth it. That’s really all you’ve got to remember! Repeat it in the mirror every day until you believe it. Own it and be the best artist you can be. (´∀`)
Romance is a popular genre, but it’s often handled quite badly. Relationships that would be unhealthy - even abusive - are frequently treated as normal, even desirable. So, here’s a list to help you avoid some common pitfalls.
Make sure the characters have something in common.
Infatuation (AKA “love at first sight”) is great for drawing people together, but it’s not what keeps them together - there will come a point when basking in each others’ beautiful presences just won’t be enough. Make sure your characters have some interests or goals they share - eg, Marie and Pierre Curie shared a passionate love of science and enjoyed working together.
…But don’t make their interests exactly alike.
Make sure your characters have some interests they don’t share, and indeed enjoy doing apart. Having lives that completely revolve around each other is rather unhealthy.
They should act comfortable around each other.
Unless they’re early in their relationship, they should not be afraid to just be themselves, nor worry too much whether they’re saying the “wrong” thing in front of the other. If your characters are practically at the altar, yet one of them is fretting over whether what xe said will go over badly, there’s something wrong.
They should not ignore friends from before.
Sure, new relationships will take up some time, but don’t have your characters completely or almost completely stop hanging out and doing things with old friends.
They should not feel particularly jealous or threatened when the other talks to or hangs around with someone else.
thighhighdalish replied to your post: Never going anon with you :D I love you! And I miss being able to chat with you. And drawing within the enabling circle. That was loads of fun! You had a way of tickling the muse with the simplest comments!In that case, want to tickle the muse with a Shakarian comment? eh? eh?
SHEPARD AND GARRUS
SITTING IN A TREE
K-I—-killing something, probably. I mean, a tree’s going to be a pretty sweet sniper perch if you can get up there.
Shepard spying on Garrus’ not-as-secret-as-he-thinks tango lessons.
Shepard and Garrus burning the kitchen down (not on purpose IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT they’ve been living on ration bars for a while and stoves are hard).
Garrus catching Shepard sleeping peacefully for a change. (OR THE OTHER WAY AROUND EITHER WORKS. NGL I kinda love the whole not-creepily-watching-your-partner sleep thing.)
Garrus pushing a lock of hair back from Shepard’s face. (That’s just a thing I LOVE. 99.9 times out of a hundred a tender hair-out-of-face move will TURN ME TO INSTANT MUSH PUDDLE.)
*takes down notes and remembers that she still has Grace’s save file*
okay kida doesnt get enough love around here so here’s the lowdown on my fav disney princess
- she’s roughly 8,500 years old, but she appears about 28
- she’s a WARRIOR PRINCESS who becomes a WARRIOR QUEEN
- she watched her mother die when she was a toddler
- shes the only (i repeat ONLY) disney princess to become queen
- she didnt become queen from marriage, the crown was passed on to her after her father died
- the reason she is a warrior princess is because the voice actess (cree summer) intimidated the creators
- she was the first original disney princess, not taken from an adaption or legend
shes basically a bad ass chick who had an entire civilization’s survival on her shoulders and doesnt get the credit she deserves
Have you ever had a somewhat lofty idea for a piece, knowing that it will be difficult to do? You make plans for it, do a couple of studies and decide to finally start the piece.
And everything is going well. Not like “okay” well, but “no hitches” in the rough draft and filling in. The background is coming together beautifully and all the elements are working together beautifully.
Paranoid artist’s brain is just going “This is working out too easily… where is the shitstorm? Get it over with already so we can make back-up plans.”
I need some concrit from other Dragon Age Fanartists/artists participating in the Reverse DABB. Anyone willing to lend and critical eye?