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This hasn't recently come to my attention, I've actually had this thought in mind for a while. My artwork is not fantastic. It's not. I never claim to be a fantastic artist, I never claim to be as good as the pros, and only about a year ago that actually used to bug me. It used to drive me insane in high school, when I was aiming to become a professional artist. And that obsession with perfection drove me into a downward spiral, where I lost the love for my art. Recently though, just last year, I started drawing for me again. And an awesome newgrounds member, Miroko http://miroko.newgrounds.com/ saw something in my art that he liked. This ignited my love for my art again. I joined this site not knowing or really caring if I would get scouted or not, but it was nice to see people were enjoying my stuff. But still just because i'm scouted doesn't mean all my stuff will get well recieved ratings or reviews. In fact 2 of my recent drawings I like very much, the Samurai Vampire drawing and the Red Smoke Ninja drawing have not recieved good ratings, but that's ok! Know why? Because I liked those drawings, and I wanted to share them with you, the people of newgrounds! What exactly is the point to this news post entry? Well it's this:
I used to take ratings very seriously. If something I drew didn't get a nice rating, I would sometimes delete it. I wasn't always comfortable with my art and i've gone through many art styles experimenting and trying new ways of drawing. But I finally decided to start taking the ratings and some reviews with a grain of salt. Don't get me wrong people who review my drawings, I appreciate everyone's feedback and I take it into consideration! I love hearing people give me advice because it helps me improve. But for those that struggle with their art, and those that think about giving up I just wanted to say it's not easy improving. I've been self teaching myself how to draw since I was 5. And I am still teaching myself and learning new things. You will never improve unless you practice, and you will not get any better if you quit, but don't become obsessed with perfection! Draw because you want to! Draw if you enjoy it! Find a style you enjoy and draw with it! You will not always get good ratings or feedback, but don't let that dissuade you. If someone is trying to give you advice, take it into consideration and learn from it. If someone is just being a jerk then ignore it. But please just draw for you.
I will end this entry with my own bit of advice: I got started drawing by trying to mimic artists that I enjoy. If there's an art style you like then try to learn from it. Possibly look up information about the artist's technique. Eventually your own art style will flourish from that. Artists that personally I have tried to mimic and that have helped inspire me are Johnny Ryan (Prison Pit), Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Koutarou Sekine (Ninja Slayer Kills!), Jimmy Giegerich (Fight Frogs, Executioner and Friend), Clement Suave (Army of Two 40th Day concept art, GI Joe Renegades), Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist), Kentaro Miura (Berserk), Ken Ishikawa (Getter Robo, Yakuza Weapon), Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto), Kelly Turnbull (Manly Guys Doing Manly Things), and Fred Gallagher (Megatokyo) and that's only to name a few.... or a lot... wow that got out of hand.
If you read all of this to the end you deserve a reward!.... I don't have anything to give but just saying you deserve something.... Sorry.
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