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I've been thinking about why my art isn't up to par. That is, my work seems to be okay, but isn't taking anyone anywhere they haven't already been, if you know what I mean. After I draw a page I'm like "this is pretty good." A few days later it's like the piece is something completely different. I'm seeing everything clearer and more importantly I'm seeing the mistakes I'm making.

I've told myself I won't go back and fix a piece, because it is what I wanted it to be at the time. If I keep going back to every piece I'll never get anything done. Sometimes, though, I really want to go back and redraw it. Time leaves me with little choice in that matter. Bottom line, I have to move on and hope I can fix those mistakes on the next piece. Some times I fix them, but I think they end up coming back down the line.

I think it has to do with rushing through a piece. I know what I want to draw and then I want to get it done. I either get board with it or I need to move on to the next piece, so I rush it. How do I not rush through a piece? I've forced myself to slow down, but that doesn't seem to help. I still feel like I want to get it over with, rather than feeling like it is something worth doing.

soliton Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Quite an interesting matter. I seem to have the same issue where I will look back after a short period of time and say "that's not as good as I thought while I worked on it". I think that might be due to the fact that the "act of creating" is something all us artists enjoy very much. When a blank canvas is turned into anything creative, it's satisfying enough to say to ourselves "hey this is good". then when we take some time away from it and look back, we get a fresh eye and can see all the "mistakes" clearly.

I seem to have the opposite problem as you when it comes to rushing. I am slow. Insanely slow. In fact, I've noticed when I speed up sometimes my art is better, but deep down I feel I haven't experienced that struggle that I feel is necessary,'s not. But anyways, I do have a suggestion that might work for your issue. Perhaps every 5-10 minutes (depending on how fast you complete an artwork), you should step back from it. Maybe even go get some food or do something. Come back and get a clear eye on it. see the "mistakes" AS you draw, instead of AFTER you've drawn it. that will help slow you down and perhaps you will get a better appreciation for the outcome.
artistjoshmills Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's good advice! I just did a piece that I'll post up here called Silver Bullet and it was the second one I had done. The first looked fine, but for one thing. The hand didn't like right to me, so I light boxed over it and I liked the results. I'm thinking that's what I need to do. Light box over an earlier version and fix all the mistakes. It worked for this one anyway, but in a few days I might end up thinking it's all wrong again.

Thanks for the advice!
FrAmbrose Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ogni cosa ha sempre il suo tempo di maturazione e la pazienza ti permette di ammirare il frutto dell'attesa.
Ogni cosa per giungere a maturazione ha bisogno del tempo.
Ma ciò che il tuo cuore ti ispira in quell'attimo è quello che il Dono ti ha offerto in quell'istante. Se tu ritorni indietro non è più il tuo cuore a disegnare ma la tua mente ed allora non è artistico ma raziocinante, cioè offerto solo dalla tua mente.
L'artista non ha ha cuore.
Così è nel disegno, così nella fotografia, l'arte è figlia dell'anima.

In Cristo
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