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Often times i see many artists on all levels expressing their expectations from their current progress and seeing it as they fail. They feel this way because the type of level that is set is not only high but its constantly changing to grow higher even as they are progressing passed levels of artistic skills.

consider this:
Imagine a horse rider holding a fishing pole with sugar(your artistic level you want to reach) by the end of the string. And you the artist is the horse pursuing it.You are progressing forward but your goal is also being set higher as you progress.

And of course you will never ever reach the level that is constantly changing and i think this is an idea that every  eager and striving artist should be comfortable with. To be comfortable with failing.This is not to say that you wont reach new levels , because you will.The levels you set up when you started out are much lower then the levels you set in your current phase.

The tough part is of course to stay on track and to keep pursuing something that we will ultimately never reach. The winning is not to actually come to the end of your goals and say.....well what now, the winning is  in the actual learning process that is always keeping your curiosity to move forward.

Do you remember when you were faced with a problem and for along time you couldn't figure it out, and when you did you felt the whole worlds weight being lifted from your shoulders.But by the time you get this you are challenging yourself with bigger challenges.And you are also challenging yourself because its part of our human nature.

Often when people say to me they fail i always reply to them, we all fail,but we keep moving forward. To this day every singe work or painting i do i don't see the progress i see the failings rather. But the difference is is that my goals are set a lot higher then an artist who is starting out.And my own goals years ago was a lot lower too.

As you progress your artistic eye will develop and it will keep  setting newer goals for you, dont worry about that part:)

So if you feel you are failing, dont take it hard, IT'S NORMAL! its a proof that you are and continuing to be an artist.And so don't give up in your pursuit.

The digital art industry is very trend driven and that has pros and cons to an artists development. The pros is that it can give you ideas within certain limits, the cons is that it can keep you developing but only in a very narrow direction. And in terms of failings and developing you as an artist needs to keep pushing to ask yourself whats the next higher goal.

I have seen sooooooo many artist being stuck in their own style and its extremely hard for them to break out because they built their name on it and even though there is recognition their new goals is not really advancing as a wider skilled artist, however they are advancing in that particular style.



so here are a few points that i think is  important to be aware of. Even if you wont agree on these there may come a time when it may seem more relevant.

* be comfortable with failing, keep moving forward
* let yourself be influenced by art and artists but dont let it limit you.
* never ever post image solely for getting recognition, recognition will come from progress automatically, you are doing this for yourself not for others. Do however post for getting feedback and critique.
* be honest about your failings, i personally respect an artist more who does this then one who boasts on how quick they painted something(and yes i have been there too, but i have moved on and learned from it, and i do post works that i am utterly not happy about, and it snot to show off,its only to show that every artist fails)
* do things because its hard not because its easy. One thing is guaranteed the easy path will not learn you anything. The hard part will give you knowledge that will last your lifetime. And you will gain much more respect when mastering something that is truly hard to accomplish.
* don't do the same things all over.
* avoid digital art cliches that doesn't give you new artistic knowledge.
* dont let yourself be let down by artist who get great exposure,and you dont.  just keep learning, this is ultimately about your own improvement on a much wider artistic skillset
* If you do strive for recognition then marketing yourself, networking and social media is a must for a strong freelance guarantee of work. But this doesnt mean that you are the most skilled artist :) In fact there is no such thing. No matter where you are in your learning stage, there will always be someone who is better. And this is something that i find that is a important to be comfortable with.
* lastly and most importantly, DONT GIVE UP!

So once again, keep failing but keep moving on!
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Rainsig Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's just so important
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wla91 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing advice, it really motivated me :)
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NahXIII Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Looking thru your art & journals to see if you do commissions, but I find this. Thank you so much
:+devwatch: & :+fav:
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Fuchilli Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Clever words! Thank you!
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ramtin-s Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I really like this journal. I also find my self struggling some times, however I have indeed become more comfortable with the things you mentioned above and I have realised that everything becomes much more layed back. Just like you said, you are doing this for yourself. It's really weird, but I had a hard time learning to deal with feedback and critique in the past, but now I really appreciate it because these things help me become better.

Could you explain btw what you mean with digital art clishe's?
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weebasaurus Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. Been going through a rough patch. I know what i should do, but the human mind send us to dark places where the battles are twice as hard. But I'll pull through ! Thanks !
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PieroStuff Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man :)
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woutart Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Wise words!

I actually like the fact that I still can grow (a lot). Sure it frustrates me if things don't work out the way I want them to, but on the whole I love it when I encounter artwork that makes mine look like a doodle on a beer-coaster (happens a lot ;) ). It's inspiring most of all. Well, that's how I feel, I like having two feet on the ground. That way my mind can drift and dream safely without me having to fear my head flies of into the clouds :lol:
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harkins Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man I needed that haha.
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odcinki Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Now this is comforting.
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