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I have recently have had a experience where a 'experienced' FAA member tried to make my line art ( some picture I drew on lined paper) look bad. Just to let you know, art is what YOU make it. Not what others say it should be. From this experience, I have learned to believe in myself and draw what the heck I want to draw and how I want to draw it. Well...I have started to upload photography now so now I have more 'selection'. Oh well...you live and you learn.
You are right Heather. For many years I disparaged my own drawing. My youngest well educated at the Chicago Art Inst kept telling me I was good I just had my style. It took awhile for me to listen especially since he draws like an angel. My own son showed me the light.
Heather, I saw that thread and I liked your original artwork. The lines from the paper didn't bother me at all. I saw the beauty of your artwork. Whenever you get the urge to draw or paint, create on anything you want. You Go Girl! I think that person was just trying to help. Everyone has their take on how things should be. Follow your heart. =)
Best of Luck,
Heather. Although I agree with your final statement, at no point did anyone try and make you feel bad over a drawing. He just pointed out that, as your thread was purely how to make money today, you may want to forget the lines.
I do agree however that you have to be true to you.
I only felt insulted; I know he didn't intend too but it still hurt. The point of this post was to just say, don't let those things (little statements that may hurt) get in your way of drawing. Take them a remember them and use them to motivate you to draw as you wish. No hard feelings.
listen, it's always best to be yourself and make things the way you want them. however, being a sales site, and how you want to make money, there are certain perceptions that are involved. yes, there are some people that specialize using notebook paper for their art. will it work for you? i have no idea. it might, but you still have to deal with customers who have certain perceptions. when i review a user i try to see out of the eyes of a customer and see what they may see or think about something. my goal is to never try and discourage anyone and no one should be discouraged about the things i say. but i don't sugar coat either.
you can draw on anything you want. it's up to you. however i do know something about selling things and how the public may perceive things. in the end it's up to you.
There's really a choice to be made, here. You can say you want to make art for yourself, but that doesn't necessarily mean anyone else will like it or buy it. Alternately, you can decide you want to make art for others, which means you have to pay attention to what others want.
Only the very fortunate and skilled see a large overlap between these two categories.
There is so much talent out there...and some even compete with each other, as if one artist could ever be declared above others....And yet, when you stay true...No one can do what you do!!! So...I'd say...do your stuff, unique in its own right, because what you do, only you can do!!!
Heather, you said "I have recently have had a experience where a 'experienced' FAA member tried to make my line art ( some picture I drew on lined paper) look bad. Just to let you know, art is what YOU make it. Not what others say it should be."
However, as someone who learnt art from a teacher who spent the last half hour of my art class literally screaming things at me, I do know the power of others words over you. I also came to understand that what he was trying to teach me was my own strong points and how to bring them out. My then fiance [husband now] asked him why he screamed at me while I was trying to paint, and he said it was because I was good. Not because I was bad. I do way more commissions than I do POD because my strengths are elsewhere, and I don't combine the two. This does not make my teacher a good teacher - he was honest, but brutally so.
Part of my time since my own studies was teaching myself - and no matter how good or bad a student was, I never screamed nor yelled, and neither did I tell them what I felt was art or not art. Yet come the end of a semester - it was my job to select who could show their work in the local gallery and who couldn't. This was funded by the Government, so I couldn't afford to play games. I told them much what Mike has so kindly told you - would you buy your own work and hang it? That is - would you buy your own work and hang it after you had looked at other works similar in style to yours of established artists. This gives you a perspective as to where you are - or aren't.
I had a few students who were brilliant, but they weren't as yet sales standard. I never decided when they were - they would say "I don't think my work will sell just yet after seeing 'insert name', do you? I would reply "maybe not just yet".
No matter who we are or what we create, it is our business, but it is also a maturity to know what our public will appreciate - and that's why I get rid of some of my less than best works on a regular basis. :)
Heather, I really like your Bunny Girl on the lined paper. Mike suggested a way to remove the lines. Just a tip you can take or leave. I kind of think the lines make it sort of special in its own way. BUT...something you might want to think about with drawing is this: if you want your drawings to last, use archival paper and pens, inks or other drawing tools. Also...when people purchase something, they want it to be on archival paper so they will have it last a long time. So just for future works, buy the best paper and pens you can afford...look for the word 'archival'...and be assured your art will last. It also gives it a professional look :) If you can only afford the archival paper and maybe one or two pens...that is fine! I love black and white drawings. You can add to your supply of materials as you go along. (everyone always knew what to get for me for Christmas and birthdays....ART SUPPLIES! :)
No one on here wants to discourage you in any way. I remember one of my teachers giving me a set of Windsor and Newton watercolors when I was in the 7th grade. She saw promise in my work in art class (yes we had art classes...and music class...back when I was in school). I knew they were much better than the paints I had been using and I was so grateful. I remember that day like it was yesterday. An adult thought my work was good and that I deserved such a wonderful gift. Maybe the only gift we can give you here is encouragement and tips, but I hope you will receive them as gifts. And keep going with your work, Heather! You sound like a very poised, smart, and talented young lady.