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To all you aspiring artists

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 23, 2013, 3:08 AM

I just felt like giving a little motivational speech, based on some questions and feedback I've gotten from young, aspiring artists.

Some of you say you look at my art and get inspired, and I just love hearing that because that's just what I want; to be able to inspire! It also inspires be back, because I know very well how it's like to work your butt off and not feeling you're getting anywhere. And I can relate when some of you say you actually lose all motivation when you see my work (or others' work, of course), because you feel you could never reach that same "level". I was there too, I've felt just like you guys! I have also had the nagging feeling that my art might not be good enough, but those thoughts are all stupid. Yeah, they are. I'll be rude enough to say that right now.
Art can be very frustrating in your "growth period", if I can call it that. And while being your own worst critic can help you grow, it can also tear you down and destroy everything called 'motivation'. So be careful; don't criticize yourself too much or be too hard on yourself.
Be brave enough to tell yourself instead that, you are talented.
Yes, you are. Stop saying you're not!
I believe that talent isn't just something you're born with and then you're instantly better than anyone else. Even naturals have to work hard, or they'll never get to the next level!
And if some of you think that I was always at the level in art that I'm at now, think again. When I was 13, I tried drawing Sonic. I'd never really drawn him before, but I was determined I was gonna make him look perfectly right at the first attempt.
And it did; because I traced a printed out picture... but when I was gonna draw him on my own, no tracing, it didn't even look remotely correct. And it frustrated me so, because I'd been satisfied with my art for the previous 13 years, and now I had finally reached a point where I found something I couldn't draw. This was a tough time for me, art wise, and at the same time I was using the internet a lot and discovered other people's art for the first time. I saw other artist drawing Sonic art like they were SEGA-employees, and I said to myself: "I'm gonna be that good one day." That was my goal, my motivation. Instead of giving up and saying 'I could never be as good as them' I instead told myself I could. I just admitted it would take a lot of hard work and practice. And it did! It did take a whole lot of hard work, and I was frustrated a lot of times, but I got better. Slowly but surely, I got better, until one day where I realized I'd reached my goal. I had become as good as the artist I wanted to be as good as, but what was even better was that I had developed my own style at the same time.

This brings me to the subject of "style".
You do have your own style.
Everyone has! It's right there: In you! In everything you draw, there's something about that drawing that's uniquely yours.
And the more your talent grows, the stronger your style will be.

Also, a brief advice:
Don't try to mimic other people's styles, because while fan art and being able to copy other people's styles is very popular on DeviantART, what is really inspiring and cool is to see people rockin' their own unique drawing style!

When I was done with my Sonic obsession, I started wanting to draw my own things. I grew up with watching anthropomorphic characters on TV or in movies. And I decided I wanted to draw anthro. I also decided, since I couldn't find many anthro artists back then, that I wanted to do this entirely on my own. I'd figure out how to draw them using nothing but my own imagination.
That made me have to learn anatomy in both animals and humans and find a way to combine them in a way that I personally would like.
I think the biggest step for me in art was when I realized I didn't care what others thought about the way I drew. When I realized, I wanted to draw my own stuff, my own creations and my own style.
I started believing I could...! And that was a huge step.

And it's something that still keeps me going.
The thought that with time, I can do anything I set my mind to in art.

And what I want to say with all this is;

You can, too!

You can do anything you set your mind to! You can draw whatEVER you want to! And if you can't draw that today, then keep working and you'll get there eventually.
Because you WILL get there eventually.
Just set your mind to it. Tell yourself that you can do this! Just work hard and don't give yourself deadlines. Like, don't tell yourself that you'll be able to draw something you've never drawn before within a week. Never give yourself deadlines like that, because IF you don't make it, you'll just disappoint yourself, which you shouldn't ever do on purpose.
So, say to yourself "one day I'll make it" instead of "tomorrow I'll make it" or "within a year I'll make it". Just keep saying "one day", because when that day comes, you'll be so proud. No matter how long it took you to reach your goal, you'll be so proud. And if you're someone who, like I was, never ever allowed yourself to be proud of something you made, then that's the time to just put all that negative stuff behind you and start being proud of what you do.
Because you have all right to be proud of something you made!
Bragging and being cocky about it isn't what I mean. By pride I mean that you can look at your work, and tell yourself in a way that makes you truly believe it, and makes you smile while you say that; "yes, I did a good job on this".

You CAN do anything you set your mind to!

Give yourself goals, something you want to achieve, and never give up on those goals. And even if they might sound unrealistic at the time, don't ever give up. If your goal is something you really, really want to achieve, you will achieve it eventually.
example: My biggest goal was to be a published cartoonist. It seemed so unrealistic at the time, but I never gave up. I never ever gave up. Instead it became my number one dream in life, to have my own work published, and guess what; I've almost made it. I've had some short story comics published in magazines in my own country, and things are seemingly just headed the right way. So I'm on my way to achieving my goal.
And  you will achieve your goal too.
It doesn't have to be a big goal, it can be many many small goals, small things you want to achieve - which is actually really smart, having lots of little goals, because you'll achieve them faster and get that good feeling of pride more often.
But having a dream to follow, and to hold on to, that's a precious thing. That's very important, even.

No matter what your dream is, stick to it, follow that dream and never give up on it.
You will get there one day!

I believe you can, and you should too. :hug:

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WesternWolfWarrior Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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starmic Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
thank you so much...thatīs really all what i was looking for i needed somebody to tell me are really special you know?
JoseJorgeArguelles Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Favorited on my desktop.
GwennPhantom Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks n.n
lunar-glow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Thanks. I think that's just what I needed.
Midknight7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thank You! ;3;
That was beautiful :D
bupaje Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for sharing this. It speaks well of you that you take the time to reach a hand back to help those who are behind you.
angiii260 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
CloakedNobody Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for posting this. :)
marichu15 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOA..... thanks :) thanks for posting this, I was having a hard time right now, but your speech helped me to realize that everybody had a hard time. I will never give up :D
Blake-Shade Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! :hug:
Squiddy-chan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Thank you for this. Very much. C:
There's too much 'I can't' in a lot of people's lives (including my own) and not enough 'yes, yes I can'.
So, again, thanks for this. ^_^
Reixma Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this. I was feeling down about my stuff and started to go back into photography (very basic stuff) again. I shall keep hold of this and refer to it in future. I do look at your work and think "I wish..." but you are right.

I will learn from your teachings Oh Great One and get cracking! ^_^~x
00Crazy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013   Artist
It's amazing. It's simple, yet so beautiful. And it's something people can relate to, too... Okay, that's enough >.<
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OokamiWolf-san Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I want say thanks to you because I really want draw like you but I cant I want give up on drawing but when I read this right now I go and grab pencil I try again and again and again to that time when it be perfect really really really thanks
Bionic-Kitty Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconohgodwhyplz: you are SUCH an inspiration...
BlueSnowLeopard Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You go girl! :D
Zeta-Haru Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm actually proud of myself for reading it all >w<
halflife103 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
im sure ill get better some day... but for now, i need a job. and my girlfriend sops up the rest of my time XD
HecticHaze Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What an inspirational speech. It's amazing and I just want to thank you. It helps me so much.
Kelliechan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Your such a sweet person, and a wonderful role model.:iconbunnyglompplz:
RareKarma Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And THIS is why you're awesome.
Keyoto-TheFox Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
<33 I am sooo glad you wrote this, it made me feel better about my own art. I often hate what I draw, and in rare occurrences I just love it from the beginning. It sometimes takes me time to like my own art, but sometimes I love it from the beginning, which has been happening more and more nowadays(Yay. xD). But what you said made me feel even better. xD So, thank you!
Wandering-wolves Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I jus want to say thank you,because,like you mentioned; I've been stuck in a rutt for some time now as an artist. I feel like I subconsciously tell myself I have reached my limit,but stubbornly don't want to believe that.In that way,it's kind of conflicting. Your work inspires me a lot and makes me feel like I should do better in a competitive way.

So thank you for the motivation boost and I hope to see more from you!
TrueLeonPriest Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Can I draw my fursona hugging yours, when I become good enough at anthro art?
TwistedNotes Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:,) that was inspiring, thank you so much for writing this. its very true to me, i do tend to get discouraged at times when seeing others amazing skill and talent and then my mind then starts comparing itself to them and ultimately bringing myself down because i think that i cant get that good. This has been a problem for me but your absolutely right! i shouldnt keep trying to tear myself down but build myself up with little goals and the hope that someday i will be able to get as good as some of my role models (you are one by the way :3)

haha this is long but in short thank u oomi :) this truely helped me and was a enormous pick up from the crappy day i was having!
ShiroIri Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This helped me alot! Thank you!
LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Wonderful and inspiring words, Elise! Thank you so much. :heart:
TheRedBoots Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AngelofDarknessKiki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student General Artist
this really motivated me :') i was just confirmed as a highschool dropout and ive always wanted to be a videogame designer or atleast make amazing art to sell my art is horrible now and i was thinking of giving up but this gave me motivation to keep trying :') i might try to go back into school and when i graduate and make my speech ill say that an amazing artist on deviantart gave me motivation to try again to excel in wat i want to be!
frostybiite Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, this made my day. Maybe days. Or even months, I don't know :D
BanditofBandwidth Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the speech :) means alot coming from you
SirRinge Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the morale boost :D
Cobean Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really needed this, so far most of my goals have been thrown out of the window by my own family. Mainly my dad, he would always say I can't do it because I'm stupid or something. My goal is do become an engineer or an artist(he never liked any of my work either, he always says I should fix something and why do I draw this crap ). But after reading this it made me realize that it's my decision of what goals I want to complete and no matter what he says as long as I have faith in myself I can accomplish my goals. And it's nice to know that someone else believes in me^^ Thank you for the support, now I feel like learning and researching more stuff and taking things apart and study them :dummy:
applepiemine811 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You speak true words of wisdom :)
chemikidd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, oomi ; -;
Airrix Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This is amazing, and very inspiring. Thank you so much, this has helped me a lot :D
Looking forward to seeing you become a published cartoonist in the future!
RoboBio Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such aspiring words from such an aspiring artist. :)
myperson54 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Man, this is a really nice journal. When I read that one part about you trying to draw Sonic by tracing him, it kind of reminded me of myself last year. See, my focus isn't art, it's writing, but I was feeling unusually creative and I decided to try and see if I could draw one of your characters. I downloaded Steampunk Lillith on to my phone and, staring at this tiny screen, I freehanded the entire drawing over the course of a week or two. Then I added shadows by smudging the paper with a really saturated eraser. So I learned a lot about how you make hair look nice, and I learned that I can draw by sight, but I haven't developed my own style, really. Even though the picture is my proudest yet, due to its accuracy, it's not mine, nor is it original. Recently I've been trying to learn how to draw abstract shapes in perspective, and as much as I want to give up, this journal is inspiring enough to make me continue. Hopefully someday I'll develop my own style and become an actively contributing DeviantArtist.
Elise, thank you so much for writing this. Don't Forget To Be Awesome.
Moonsoul333 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
:') this was really nice to read... my low self esteem reflects harshly on how I feel about my art, and I know it, so I'm really glad to have read this, and hope to one day be proud of my work...
Wandererofthestars Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i'm debating whether to switch my major and go for a studio arts degree right now.

this is really helping me make up my mind. :)
Bluekyopuppy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Oomi
Eiikare Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, you have been the artist I look up to a lot, especially since I've been struggling so much with digital painting, and getting things from my own mind to come out painted as well as things I've used references on. I had kind of become depressed, and let myself drop my dream to become a very great artist. You've just helped me get back on the track to picking it up again!
aleiz Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
im really speechless too this Thank you for your help really I really was thinking of stopping what i do
Possum-In-White Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That just made me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. Thanks for that :meow:
Lone-Wolf17 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
That was a very nice speech. Made my day! xD
xXLightningWolFXx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome speech good sir. xwx [new face yes...] But you mention how you reach your goal...? I personally believe with every thing you create there is improvement; so it's just something you can never reach; cause you will ALWAYS get better just as there is ALWAYS room to improve. :3
Randicore Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
well that was a nice pick me up. Thanks!
dalatorabvon21 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
You are a lovely human being ^_^
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