Do you look at what you create as an artist and just hate everything about it? This is a really common reaction to our own artwork, we are our own toughest critics.
- 1 min. short (being patient)
- 1 min. short (evil voice)
- 57 second short (feeling insecure)
- 39 min. video (discussion)
This video explains coping strategies for how to shift your mindset when you experience this frustrating situation as an artist.
- All artists feel this way!
- It is impossible to expect that you will like all your artwork
- Take a break from looking at other artists on social media
- Identify your weakest skills and then make a plan to directly address them
- Make sure you are giving your work a chance; don’t call it quits too fast
- Be patient with your artistic process
- Get support from an artistic community. (like our Discord)
- Look at your art from many years ago to see visible improvement
- Measure your progress in terms of months or years, not days or weeks.
- Distinguish between “real issues” and “fake issues.”
- A fake issue is telling yourself “My art sucks, it just does.”
- A real issue is “I need to work on learning anatomy.”
- Ask yourself if you hate the product, or the process.
- If you hate the process, change it!
Prof Lieu’s Tips
There is a saying that if you’re not getting rejected as an artist, you’re not putting yourself out there enough. Rejection comes with the territory of being a professional artist.
All artists experience rejection, anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.
I confess that regardless of how experienced I am, rejection still hurts when it happens. That doesn’t change, but you do learn better how to cope when rejection happens. Let that rejection sting for a few hours, then pick yourself back up and move on!