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This journal is a reflection of my thoughts and experiences from the past several months. It's for anyone who is currently looking into hobbies or careers, not just art.

During my time as an artist, I get comments from people telling me that I have Inspired them to draw. I love that, I really love it when someone tells me that they started drawing because of my own work. It feels good knowing my work has that ability to provoke action in others. However, lately I had some close friends and associates get discouraged...to the point where they stop their strive altogether, because of my work.  This isn't speculation, it's direct information from the source. It's disheartening to see that happen, so if you are feeling the same way, please take note of the rest of this journal.

Don't strive for popularity.
This seems to be the root for the majority of problems I've seen. I've seen many beginners start drawing expecting a large amount of watchers and comments to happen.  Or an experienced artist with amazing abilities, get discouraged seeing another artist with a plainer style get 1000s of views.  It's all just statistics! The number of watchers, or the amount of views/comments you get does not matter. Worrying about this can drive you insane and take away the joy in creating something.

Comparing Yourself To Others
This could be good or bad. One, it could inspire to push harder and to expand your skills.  Two...it could discourage you altogether. Admittedly, the latter has happened to me personally time to time. I think everyone have experienced feeing insignificant at one point, it's okay and does happen. The way I snap myself out of that negativity, is by analyzing the artwork that discouraged me. Turning my thoughts "I can never do that" into "okay, how can I do that?" I then create small easy steps to train and improve myself.

Don't Hide
When discouraged, you may refrain or hide from the artwork or person that caused the anxiety. Don't hide! In fact it does more harm than good because you are preventing yourself from overcoming self-doubt. I've known some avoid my art live streams all together due to this, or even stop their streams if I happen to be live streaming myself. Again, that's normal. However, no one should hide themselves for those reasons. Keep looking at art and streams, to get inspired and for reference! Don't hide.

That's all I'll say for now, but the bottom line is...don't get discouraged.
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Yunama Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:'D i love you so much tsitra your amazing in every way! *hugs* thank you so much for these words keep being awesome!
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Jayesixx Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This sounds really awful but I get discouraged by you... You're the person who inspired me to become an artist, but then I look at your artwork and think "wow, why can't I draw like him" You're a fantastic artist, and I want to be able to create artwork like you. 
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sakuranoXXXXX Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014   Digital Artist
I really love to draw, but, when i look at my friend's art or a random artist's art, sometimes i get inspired, but sometimes i get discouraged and feel bad about my skill and also my art (ノД`) "Your art is bad and you should feel bad!" thingy.

But i keep trying and striving hard to improve, by looking for references, tutorials, or experimenting new style :meow:
(Anyway, you can tell if you're improving or not by comparing your latest art with your old art, or you can redraw your old art with your current skills, or use those improvement memes or redraw memes :meow:)

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lightshadowsally Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I compare my art to others and get discouraged because they're so good I just look at my old art , and laugh at how awful my art was . I always keep my old art to compare and look at my improvement , but we all have different goals where drawing is concerned ,I want to get better at drawing bodies , hands , feet and eyes (and facial expressions) :)
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awesomeness8D Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice. I feel like I have a perspective of things. Hug 
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BlueFireballs Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014   Writer
There's now a fire inside me that can only be quenched by creating art:flame: 
*scrambling to find pencil*
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KittyWatchingHetalia Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Artist
I am fairly new to drawing and every time I show a piece of art that I have recently done to my friend she laughs at me. When  I ask her how it is funny she shakes her head and says she was thinking of something else but she says that at every art piece I show her. I feel really discouraged plus she is a better artist than me but won't show any art to anyone. What do you think I should do she usually nice but when it comes to drawing she a completely different person.
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Bobathan16 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
If that 'friend' laughs at what you work hard on, then they aren't a friend at all. A real friend would acknowledge for what you try your best, and support you to help you get better. And besides, there is no better art. Everyone has their own unique ability of drawing, and you should be proud of what you do! Don't let yourself down just because of what one person thinks, they won't decide who you be, only YOU can make the desicion of going on or giving up. I suggest you have a talk to your friend and tell her that if she doesn't stop laughing at what you try on, then the friendship is OVER.

Wow, insparational moment there.:)
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KittyWatchingHetalia Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Artist
True that......I was having an emo moment Rose sweatdrop 
But thanks!
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Bobathan16 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
You are very welcome!
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