This kinda touches on some of the underlying reasons why I’ve limited posting 98% of my art to two places: here on my portfolio and Facebook.
“Kim, you can, you know, just ignore it.”
Maybe. But sometimes it’s easier said than done with some people. And technically I don’t care what people think of my art because I post some very unfinished drawings. XD
The following two images I’ve found on Instagram in the last couple of days while perusing the #art hashtag. They are epitome of the kind of—uh—”poop” I see on Instagram and Tumblr.
That first one. Why is that considered an “artist problem”? That’s not an artist problem. That’s a people problem—being that the original poster is being a rude hypocrite. Let’s not forget that we all needed to start from somewhere. If someone’s progression is getting them attention and compliments, that’s great! That’s not a problem. Where they go with it is up to them.
It feels that art has become a race to the finish on who could have the highest number tally. I used to be there so I understand the feeling of losing followers and feeling like your talent and worth is equal to the number next to or above your name.
I was on Reddit a few nights ago and came across a thread where there was a teenager (about 13-15 yo) asking for advice on how to get out of an artist block, or find inspiration, or how to figure out their style. They were having a rough life at the time and art was their escape. They considered themselves to be an amateur—similar to the drawing in the top right of the second image. Someone told them that art was probably not their thing which is why they were having such a difficult time and that they shouldn’t be upset about that and find another hobby that didn’t cause them so much “stress”.
That’s not how that works.
Don’t EVER just outright tell someone to “give up” when they are clearly reaching out for help on their creativity.
The ability to create doesn’t start at being a gifted talent. It starts with passion, followed by practice, hard work, and diligence. Yes, there are people out there who have a knack for it. However, don’t ever feel like you owe it to yourself to be as “good as them” because that’s not fair to you. You just need to love what you’re doing and don’t stop. You work that ass off.
As you go on your journey, you’ll run into people who are just starting theirs. Respect them and be kind to them—help them if they ask just as you expected from others as you just started.
Kindness goes a long way, so please—please—be kind to one another.