Something that has been bothering me in the art community, especially with younger artists, is the constant need to bring down their own artistic abilities. Words such like, “My art sucks” or “This piece is bad” litter the description and chat groups of artists. I don’t understand why many artists think they need to be “humble” about their skills. Is it because they constantly compare themselves with other content creators? Or is it bad to be proud of what they created?
Whenever one artist insists their work is “bad”, everyone insists to them that the work is not “bad” and showers the artist with praise. In all honesty, this is truly the only “correct” response to the negativity.
However, one time, rather than insist the art is good, I told the artist that they were absolutely correct. Their work was bad.
…I probably should’ve worded it differently.
The truth is, I honestly believed that their work was beautiful. But when I saw them describe their work as “bad” or “lazy work” I immediately did not wish to send them an honest compliment. Especially since this was not the first time I told them of their obnoxious negativity.
Sure, when I look at my old work I do often cringe. It’s nothing near the quality of the work I wish to have myself represented with…however, there is nothing wrong with being unhappy with the content you create either. Though simply stating that “my work sucks” is not the way to go. This, to me, seems like they are asking for attention. Rather than using the previous statement, artist should examine what part of their work truly bothers them, and then ask for criticism or help on how to improve.
My hands were something that I did not draw correctly in my old works – the pinkies were as long as the other fingers. One of my friends helped me improve in the details of the hand, and now I feel that they have improved greatly. In fact I have become more ambitious with my art and attempting to draw hands and angles which I usually don’t draw.
In conclusion, I believe that rather than telling yourself and others that your art is “bad”, look into the future. Consider what made you unhappy with your art and what you can do to improve for your next drawing. Dwelling on old work stops progress! Keep moving forward- you can only get better.
I also redrew two of my older works I have done, both from January, to see how much i have improved in 9 months of constantly doing art. I hope this can encourage artist to keep doing what they love and think positively towards their artistic capabilities in the future.