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Published 8 years ago by Urbanknight4 with 3 Comments
  • What makes an artist... stop making art?

    I'll tell you what makes me stop. I draw on paper and on Photoshop, but my biggest annoyance and fear with art is the same- a blank page. Like Van Gogh said: "You don’t know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas, which says to the painter, ‘You can’t do a thing’. […] but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of `you can’t’ once and for all." I'm not, by any means of the word, a great artist. I try and I have my moments, but my fear of failure has transcended from a healthy respect to something that makes me want to stop drawing for days at a time.

    How can I, and you, by extension, stop this fear of failure from making us fear ourselves? Like with everything, you'll have to acknowledge it before you act on it. I know I'm paralyzed right now, and while I don't know what to do about it, I'm not denying it.

    And that's ok.

    Right now, all I need as an artist is to accept where I am, whether it is in regards to the blank canvas fear to my skill level. Everyone should do this, take a step back and forget the fear. Because the moment you take that step, you'll be further than you were a minute ago. And going forward is all that matters.

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  • westieslant

    That's why I love being part of a Daily Sketch community. With daily prompts I always have an idea on what to paint, and If i'm not feeling it I can do a quick rough sketch and that's still ok.

    • Urbanknight4

      Is that on Snapzu? I created /t/artrequest in the spirit of that idea, so maybe you'd like to check it out?

      • westieslant

        I'll take a look, at the moment I was still using reddit's r/sketchdaily.

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