Learn from Michelle

Take Me As I Am

“I wish they would only take me as I am.” -Vincent Van Gogh
Isn't that the truth?
But that statement can be a double-edged sword, so you need to know why you agree with it.
Is it because you received some critique that you don't appreciate and don't care to implement into your work? Or maybe it is because you keep getting compared to someone else?
Even though we are our own worst critics, there are times when we go through rough patches in our careers where it seems like everything you do is wrong or doesn't work or isn't as good as the next person.
If you're running into unwanted critique from yourself and/or others, stop, take a breath, and take a break. You don't have to produce artwork every day or even every week. Sometimes, you can get a little burnt out from all of the comments, and you just need a break to get your mind right before doing more.
If you keep getting compared to others, remember there are not that many reasons that you need to compare. You are your own artist, and no one can create art the way you do. We are each unique and have our own style. Yes, if you're trying to mimic an artist's style or learn a new skill, there might be some comparing. But other than that, the reasons are slim to none on why you should compare.
So, when you're getting frustrated with feeling not good enough, like everything you do goes wrong, or like you aren't as good as the next artist, take a breath and take a break. You'd be surprised how much walking away a while can give you a boost in perspective.
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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