When browsing on DA I find a lot of people worrying about the same things I do, somedays a little more and somedays a little less. You see great art from people who have been to art school, drawn for years, maybe decades and you think "Man.... I am never going to be this good, why even try." And then you can go sitt on a couch and stuff your face with chocolate bars and dwell in a pool of selfpity and depression. You see your own work and all you see are the things that are just not good enough. I think that's my least favourite words in any language "not good enough". And sometimes that is true, your work just is not good enough.... today, but it could be tomorrow.... if you work at it.
With these thoughts in mind, last fall I started my own journey to become a better artists and what have I learned so far? Well I have learned just how crappy my old figure drawings were, how complex the human figure really is and how little I actually know about anything when it comes to art and just how long my journey ahead is going to be. I have also learned how to think about art, paintings and composition in a whole new way and a lot of this I ow to the Master Crafstman and artist Glenn Vilppu. Most importantly I have realized that it takes some talent, a lot of burning pashion and even more determination to learn and to practice. It takes a pile of used up pencils and papers, countless hours of drawing and studying anatomy and art theory, looking at video lectures and above all drawing, drawing and drawing. Even more it takes a lot of patience and determination and an iron will to push trough selfdoubt, lack of motivation and the occational "I am never going to be good enough days" or "what the hell is wrong with this arm??? drawings". In short, it takes time, it takes years. Yep, the learning curve is a bitch for sure. But here's the thing. The artists that we admire today who's work we stare and think "I am never going to be able to draw like that." Those are the people who worked the hardest at it, the most determined, the most motivated, the most positive people, not necessarily the most talented but the tuffest SOBs out there. In short those who did not quit.
I have also realized that when it comes to being an artist there is no such thing as finished or ready, but there is "good enough". Somewhere on the distant horizon there is a line called "good enough" and once you have worked hard and long enough, you will one day reach that line and then your work will be presentable or good enough to make a living on. The thing is though that the line keeps moving, the better you get the more you want to learn and your standards keep groving. That's why there is no such thing as a finished or a ready artist, the great one's keep groving and learning and I am always surprised how humble the truly great artists are about their work and even at the ages of 60 or 70 they still run into challenges when it comes to art. But that's the beuty of it, that's what keeps life interesting. If the day ever comes when I am ready or finished It'll be the day when I burn my pencils and find something else to do.
So what has this burst of writing been all about, what's the bottom line then? It is this formula:
Passion + Hard Work + Iron Will + Determination + Years and years of drawing and practicing = An artist who is good enough for now but wants to be even better
I you can dream it, you can do it. So don't quit, ever!