are certain things all artists (especially portrait artists) have to
accept. Try to accept these things, and don't despair, or be too mystified
by them. They happen to all of us, you are not alone.
the fact that not everyone will "get" your work.
Accept the fact that there will be better artists than you.
you are one of those people who cannot bear to not be the "best
in the class," then give up now. There will be someone "better"
than you out there. There will always be someone "better"
than you. But they won't be the same as you. You are unique. Just try
to be the best that you can. Don't fret over the concept that you can
never be "the best." It's all a fleeting concept, anyway,
since we all are so different. Produce artwork to feed your soul, and
to please yourself. Improve your skills to the best of your effort.
Don't worry about being the "best."
You will make errors, mistakes, or maybe you'll just produce a bilge-sucking drawing. And someone will tell you. It stinks, but you must hear it. You must not plummet into despair, or become irate because someone dared criticize you. You must not always believe that all criticism is accurate, but you must not automatically assume that it cannot be true, either.
Be open to criticism. You will learn and improve much faster if you are willing to listen to other people's input. Spare yourself a lot of wasted time and make yourself listen. You may hear something that you need to hear. Of course, not all criticism is helpful, but how will you know, if you are unwilling to even accept that it may have merit?
who works and strives will have to take criticism. Only people
who safely never stick their necks out can be spared from such criticism.
Do you want to be like thattoo afraid to try anything new? Of
course not! So, accept the criticism, and move on. Criticism is part
of an artist's life.
that fact that you will produce something really goofy now and then.
Accept the fact that sometimes, nobody cares, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Let's be honest, most people are engrossed in their own lives, their own dramas, their own screw-ups, their own projects. Some friends and loved ones will honestly care what you're doing, but at the same time, many won't, and it's not always out of lack of love, it's just how it is. If you believe that there are people in your life that "don't care," try to accept it, and be honest with yourself—do you care about everything they're doing right now?
It's normal and part of human nature to be engrossed in our own little world. So when you come across the apathy and disinterest of others, I won't lie, sometimes it hurts. But sometimes it's liberating! It's like now you're free to do whatever you like, don't show them what it is, don't tell them about it, because . . . they don't care! Their not caring means that you don't have to hear them criticize, question the kinds of things you want to draw, question your interests and expect you to justify yourself to them. (Like for instance, are you a fangirl or fanboy and get grief for it? Why not stop talking about it to those who don't care, and only share with fellow fangirls and fanboys. Sounds much better, right?) Accept the apathy of others as part of the package with any creative person, and realize: You're not alone, it's not just you who gets this, and it's okay! It's good, even.
Sometimes you work and sweat for every break you get, and sometimes it just "happens." Don't be too amazed and astonished when something really insanely great happens without notice. Usually good things happen when you don't expect them. Don't spend too much energy "expecting" certain results from your hard work. Do the work, stick your neck out, but don't spend too much time "expecting" a big art sale, or "expecting" an art award. Stop "expecting" so much, and prepare to be amazed when things start happening!
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