kelseylexartworks said: Not a question, but I've been following your DA and I just started following your tumblr and read your notes about being too perfect and beating yourself up, and not expecting anything. Over the past couple months I've been trying to learn that and just wanted to let you know that you and a few other posts and people have been even more uplifting and inspiring, so now I'm posting more work and not afraid anymore, so I'm just giving thanks and supporting the little (or big) artists like me.
Wow, thanks! I’m very glad to hear that!
(You know, we tend to forget how intimidating “failure” can be. It’s primarily the main reason we can get so bent out of shape trying to be perfect. We’re scared of viewing that one image the next day and find that there’s this one line that’s ‘off’ or the body looks more bloated than you remembered it to be, or whatever error, that it sometimes gets us into the mode of constantly checking so much that we burn out and never get any art out there or done. We don’t want to fail, and basically, we don’t want others to point out our errors ‘cuz that’s basically rubbing even more salt on a wound you’re already feeling the pain of and are aware of medicating.
I’ve long discovered to get out of that mentality because it stifles my growth as an artist. I had to accept that anything translating from my brain to my hand and to a sheet of paper or digital canvas will never be perfect. Once I got used to just drawing and drawing, I found myself actually getting better when I look back at older works. It’s a process of elimination, tossing away what works and what doesn’t. You can’t do that on one single image trying to get right on the first try. It just won’t happen.)
So I’m happy that you’re seeing the greener side of this thing! Keep it up!