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  1. FlamingTofuSquare

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    i don't get it
     
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    Anyone always feel like their own art is shit? How do you get over it? It's the worst feeling in the world and i fucking hate it
     
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    Not an artist, but an aspiring (and very shitty, thank you) writer, so maybe not the same, but I find that just shoving my works onto the internet and seeing that people aren't actively hating on them makes me feel slightly better about my work.
     
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    try to keep learning new techniques to implement, even if they are small, and keep plugging along. if you feel like you've learned something to make it somewhat less shitty than before, the feeling ebbs away a bit more each time.
     
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    Just gonna throw in my pov but my way isn't suitable for everyone as a "main system" for this, especially for those who are trying to find their thing.
    I've still got those feels after like ten+ years when I was becoming more self aware about my work, but it's what drives me to get better and learn new things. I thrive on it - I try to use it as positive energy even if it gets frustrating at times, and I wouldn't get rid of it. As a bonus, my selfcriticism makes me absolutely love harsh and even crude critique towards my work. It's exciting, and I sometimes feel it's a challenge (but that doesn't mean I'd ever bend over backwards just because someone doesn't like my work, nor do I pity myself).
    So if you can use the negativity, maybe use it as motivation and to find opportunities - instead of "my art is shit" I tend to go "my art is shit so I can become so much better".
     
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    It is my hope that you always feel like your art comes up short, so that you are constantly trying to improve it.
     
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    Thank you very much guys for reminding me im not alone. Also thank you everyone for your advices, ive been stressed recently and my disappointment in my art was just the icing on the cake.

    I guess the reality is that the best thing to do is to take those negative thoughts and emotions and turn it into a positive force. I guess ill just have to either drag my self down with the bad thoughts or just take my art foward with me instead.

    Also it really helps when you realize that you should be making art for yourself and never care what someone else will say about it, good or bad. Thats another thing i want to work on as well

    I dont know that many artists irl so its nice to have somewhere i can talk about it :)
     
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    My art teacher who I still need to hunt down to show him what I've made lately told me it's just one of those facts of life you have to deal with in a creative field. He said there wasn't any advice he could really give me since it's a perception thingymagig that's in nearly every artist (people without it usually stagnate quickly and then they end up on this subforum where we laugh at them).
    I can think of three solutions- One, surround yourself with outsiders who will look at your work objectively, you've done that already good job. two, keep experimenting in new mediums to keep things feeling "fresh". Three, don't be a little bitch gosh.

    earlier today I made a really shitty basic animation and inked it with a brush pen in the hopes that the pressure to keep things in proportion would help me learn how to ink with the brush properly.
    Also my new light box is strong enough that I can have two layers at once.
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    Your character has heterochromia and so does Chris-Chan so I tried to make a joke out of it but apparently I failed.
     
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    @Synecdoche You just gotta make peace with feeling like your art sucks, dude.
    Goodness knows it gets frustrating, and there'll be times where you might not be able to turn that pessimism into a positive force, at least not without approaching it in a more indirect way. Like scribbling purposely shitty doodles when a bigger project isn't panning out, to let out stress.
    As for me, I always tell myself that even if what I'm currently making sucks, the next thing I make will be better. Just gotta learn to live with and forgive your mistakes, and learn from them so you can move forward. Try not to dwell on it too much, you know? That's life, man.
     
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    ah, okay. i didn't remember that.

    I actually have a partial heterochromia IRL, and if/when I integrate it into a self-insert, i find it's easier to depict it as a full heterochromia, especially on a small scale. My DAZ model (which I used to make the one I posted) also has full because it just shows up better.
    Often though I just do normal brown eyes since unfortunately it's the biggest Special Snowflake red flag on a character. :|
     
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    Please let me say thank you so much again for all your support. I remember I didn't want to post my art here because I'd assume that everyone here has incredibly high standards that I'd never meet. But I've tried to take your advice to heart and by serendipity a friend asked for a drawing of Tracer from Overwatch. It was perfect because it was something I've never drawn before and I got to try out different tools and brushes which was also fun.

    It's great, I was actually having fun drawing it! It's been a while since I've felt like this with a drawing. I don't care if it looks like shit, I don't care how botched the anatomy or the rendering may be or how off-model it is, I had fun and you can't take that away from me. Although feel free to offer criticism if you want :p

    tracer.

    well its getting late and I gotta hit the hay. But thanks again for the artistic support! Hopefully the confidence in my art will start to show over time.
     
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    That's great and everything,
    but you should probably care at least a little.
     
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    Not caring is often a slippery slope to not caring about getting better at anything, but I feel you don't mean that. Always be open to critique and aim to learn from it, even if you're not planning to work on the thing you just posted.

    Seems your clearest mistakes are pretty easy to fix just by observing anatomy.
    Make some sketches from references, specifically of shoulders and neck. Maybe look up the muscle structure of those areas too (I find it more clear than regular photo references).
    People having troubles drawing those is really common but it's sort of an overlooked problem (because hands and feet are so hard to draw nothing else matters).
    Also focus on face proportions - do you use guidelines? Working with those should help, especially if you have problems with perspective/odd angles.
     
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    What i mean is that yes I was caring about those things but I didn't let them drag my drawing down, before, every mistake would just bum me out but this time i was able to appreciate my work and effort, flaws and all.

    Good points jerk, especially the part about anatomy and faces I feel like those are my biggest weaknesses. I will admit that my faces are too simple and tend to be spherical in shape so I guess I should start learning how to construct faces as well as the body. Thanks for the criticism.
    Also I had someone else tell me that I had to learn to "feel the forms," what did they mean and how can i improve that?
     
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    stare at things real hard.

    in the case of humans, have a look into what they're made up of, try to learn how everything fits together, then learn how to apply that. From what I read the way people go about doing that is different for everybody.

    Some people pick up medical textbooks, some people go to life drawing classes, lots of people do both-
    I look at old crime scene photos because I'm a bastard but no matter what you decide to do there's more resources than you could ever ask for online
     
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    Hm well this sounds to me like I have to go back and make sure that i have a more solid understanding of the underlying shapes that make up the things I want to draw.
     
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    I always rub this on everyone's face but you can also do croquis/figure drawing practices with several sites online, I'll drop links later if you're interested in simple practical practices.
    Unless someone of those who know what I'm referring to can leave links instead.
     
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