Listen, before you go in, thinking that this is one of those posts with a hidden message or something, let me tell you that these are just my random thoughts on something that I am very passionate about.
I think that one thing all creatives can relate to is their need to constantly keep outdoing themselves. I’m no different. I keep aiming higher and higher until it drains me out of ideas. It’s like putting all of your pent-up energy into one very specific thing and then worrying about whether you’ll ever be able to come up with something as good as that again. Every single one of my creative friends go through this and I think that the reason we need to talk more about it that we don’t really focus on these things.
And that’s precisely the problem, isn’t it?
Art is seen as more of a hobby than it is as something professional in its own right and it doesn’t make any sense, if you ask me, because so much of the world has always been dependent on some kind of art or another. Go ahead and ask any artist what their struggle has been and only a tiny handful of them are going to tell you that they had the right kind of support and encouragement all along. Of course, in the context of the current world, the situation isn’t as bad as it used to be once, but it’s nowhere close to good either.
I feel like I’ve been in a much better space mentally ever since I unfollowed people who call themselves ‘influencers’ and started following actual artists from my social media accounts. I can tell you that, since then, my perspective has changed drastically and it definitely reflects in my work. And no, I don’t mean that I copy their styles or their work because every artist I know has a style that is completely their own; I have mine, as well. It’s just oddly motivating to see other artists constantly trying to put all of their emotions into art because it’s a pretty good coping mechanism, and it helps me do the same. It puts my mind at peace.
When I say that art helps me, this is what I mean. Yes, it’s stressful to work on a tiny detail, that is probably going to go unnoticed, for hours and hours. But then, without those details, my work wouldn’t really take the form I had envisioned for it, so I work on those details for myself, if not for anybody else to appreciate them. So you can imagine just how happy it makes me when people notice these details and show their appreciation for it. The fact that people take the time to appreciate the little details really means a lot to any artist ever!
Just… art! Everything about art! I live, breathe and love art and I will never stop talking about it because it is one of those things that I would gladly drown myself in. So if you know an artist, please be as encouraging as you can because every little bit of validation feels like a million dollars to us. (It’d be cool if you actually bought our artwork, too, if you could, though! Just saying.)
Sending all my creative friends big hugs because you truly deserve it! No matter what kind of art you create.
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