It’s always a good feeling when you challenge yourself to do something that seems like it isn’t your cup of tea and you actually manage to do it, after putting in a lot of hard work, of course. So, when I finally got done with my sketch today, I breathed a sigh of relief because it turned out way better than I expected it to be. But after I was done with it, after I had posted it, I felt like I could have done a lot better. But you know what they say about ‘no take backs’, don’t you!
How it is: How I see it: pic.twitter.com/wEqZXow7G9
— Shubhangi Srinivasan (@_The_Shubhster_) June 20, 2020
For artists like me, regardless of how long they’ve been doing this, I think that there’s always the feeling that we could have done a lot better at some point. We stare at our art so much, we begin to hate it, even if it’s pretty good. And that’s because we want to keep doing better every time we create something. Behind every good piece of art, there are probably several failed ones. And by ‘failed’, I mean the ones that we didn’t deem worthy enough to post.
But here’s the thing. I have noticed that artists don’t really get the appreciation they deserve. At least, not all the time, not the way they should. Speaking from personal experience, even though I’m still learning, I think that any kind of art takes hours and hours of work. ‘Quick sketches’ take a lot more work than we think. And it really breaks my heart to see really good artists not being appreciated enough by the very people who consume their art. It doesn’t matter whether it’s fanfics, or visual art, or poetry, I think that all kinds of art should be appreciated.
I make it a point to tell people that they’re doing a great job with their art because I know what a little bit of appreciation feels like. I know the way it boosts my morale when people want to see more of my work. It may just take them a few seconds or so to send me a reply saying that they love my work, but it makes my day. I cannot tell you how much it means for artists to be validated for their work. We do create for ourselves, but it’s the enthusiasm of people that truly makes us want to keep going.
This one is for all of my artist friends: I see you. I see all the time and effort you put into your work and it shows. People will try to tell you that you’re just wasting your time, but don’t listen to them. You’re all doing a great job and you know I have your backs! Don’t stop.
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