Confidence In Your Art


Cassidy Stancil, Writer

If you are any kind of artist, whether you are just starting out or you have been practicing for years, you probably get frustrated with your art. If you are one of those artists with a mindset that your art is never good enough, this article is for you.

First thing I want to touch on is the age old question, “Am I actually an artist?” The answer is yes. You are an artist. If you enjoy drawing, even if you think you aren’t good at it, you are an artist. Even if you just draw circles and doodles, you are still an artist. No one is allowed to tell you that you are not an artist. No one is allowed to tell you that you can’t do what makes you happy. No one has the right to take away your happiness.

The next thing that I want to talk about is don’t compare your art to others’ art. Comparing your art to theirs will bring down your confidence in your art if you think that they are better then you. It’s okay to look at others’ art. If you like things about their style to can try to incorporate those into your art, but don’t change your style to try to match theirs. If you do this you most likely won’t be able to do it just like they do and you could get frustrated. Getting frustrated could make you not believe in yourself, and when most people don’t believe in themselves they give up.

Another really good point is to know the difference between hate and constructive criticism. There are, of course, people in this world who just want to hurt you and make you feel bad about yourself and what you do. One of the main points of constructive criticism is that it attacks the point of the content, not the person. If a person had not taken the time to properly observe what you are doing or the project you are working on then they cannot give you real constructive criticism, they are just hating. Constructive criticism is also supposed to help build and inspire an idea. Haters will also only point out the negative things that you maybe did not do very well. They will probably completely disregard all of the good things that you’ve done and will fail to acknowledge all of the progress you have made. If you need more information I have linked a website that I look at and have used to write this article here.

These are just a few of the things you can do to boost your confidence in your art. The best tips I’ve ever been given is to find your style and never give up. Most of this advice can be used in general life as well as art. Don’t compare yourself or your art to others. Be yourself. No one has the right to take away your happiness, no one. Have confidence, you are an artist.