I wrote an article on my other account
more of a rant but with some key facts about art jobs and studio work.
But I wanted to write something a little more aimed to all artists and a little less ranty (if that's possible for me lol. ). A very direct and simple but effective comment.Practice All the time
Get thick skin
That's pretty well the best advice I could ever give someone in as simple as possible. There's no special ingredient or technique that'll make you instantly good except practice and it'll take years. Some faster than others, but everyone practices. There's no "i'm a master artist" button in life.
Social media has stemmed into you'll see the complaints more than the praise and this is the reality. It's both in the eyes of an artist and in social media in general. We as artists tend to focus on those negative, or what we feel is negative, comments before the positive. From the masters to the beginners I bet you'll see more "critiques, or negative feedback" commented on before praise. Whether it's to clarify something, or simply to rebutle what was said while 1000's of happy praise will go unnoticed or used to fuel the ego (and i say this in a way that doesn't sway if ego is good or bad; though i tend to lay on the opinion of too much ego can cause you to get full of yourself too quickly, which happens if popularity is gained quicker or just some artists are just like that).
On the other side of it, Social media has been turned into a place that's used primarily as a weapon before anything else. People will often write about how awful a day was before writing about how good a day was or how average a day was. People will write and get angry over movies, video games, other people, something in the news, etc. before they will write about something good. As it grows, this gets more and more true.
This means you will get bad comments. You will get critiques. You will get negativity. And that's okay.
Once you learn to accept that, you'll find the days are a little less difficult as an artist.
Critiques and feedback if viewed always in the positive can never hurt your day, and ultimately could lead to you strengthening yourself (as you can't always see your own flaws.).
Angry comments focusing more on what your character's attire happens to be rather than the entirety of the image means you're doing something "right". I say this boldly because I'll never be on the side where we should control what an artist draws in their personal time. If we are a commissioner or boss, that's a different scenario, but if we are people just looking at their art we don't have a right to "force" someone into "putting more clothes on, don't draw busty ladies, don't draw bigger girls, don't draw naked men" ever. You will always get people who feel they are entitled to tell you that because "Freedom of speech" and all that, but if you regard those comments as "you're on the right track because you're offending someone" you'll be a okay!
The last part was meant as half sarcasm...but mainly people tend to be more offended over the tiny things instead of the big picture. When I was a CV i DD'd many art pieces and out of all those pieces i featured, 80% of those artists would receive the odd angry comment which was along the lines of "i don't like that plane, that girl has too little clothing on that's so unrealistic, that girl is too big, that guy is too skinny, i don't like that sun it's too stupid, that hat is too big and silly make it more mature" and so on. All the comments there? Were actual comments on my DD's. Didn't matter the style or subject matter at all.
I call these types of comments "dead comments" because they fuel no purpose. If you reply back to these comments they either do one of two things: ignore it, or get into a comment war wanting the last say. The dead portion comes from that the comments are essentially dead, they have no life or substance too it and are just spouting opinions.
One could also say empty praise could be regarded as a dead comment but we'll leave that to another day.
Are dead comments bad? No. They are society doing what society does and once we come to terms with that (ie: getting that thick skin i mentioned before) things are better.
This doesn't mean the art world is sunshine and rainbows and everything is easy. No, being humble will get you a lot further then cockiness.
But I know also frequently artists seem to get wavered by dead comments or critiques and they really shouldn't.
It's harder then it looks just like art and becoming good at it is harder and requires more practice then "oh i'm a master now" button being clicked.
Things in life are hard but that's also what ends up making them fufilling. Really if art came easy would you still be motivated to do it?
Artists: young, old, new, masters those are the two simple motivational comments later summed up by my explanation above that you could ever hear.Practice All the time
Get thick skin