Sorry for being so inactive lately, I'm struggling with life (that sounds kind of cheezy). I don't know if I want to continue my career as an artist and I am worrying about every aspect I should probably not worry about :[ Depression doesn't help much either.
As some of you know, I started an online shop in decoration, accessories and jewelry: [link] It feels good taking my mind off drawing, I might keep doing this once it starts being profitable.
Anyway- have a sketch. I might work it out but I actually like the rough look...
Odile van der Stap
There's a lot of wonderful color choices here, particularly the warmth of her nose. Beautiful work.
Sorry to read that you have been feeling under the water lately... Coping with the emotional up and downs of working as a professional artist is really difficult (and partly why I personally have decided not to walk that road anymore). Good luck figuring it all out - I hope it all works out for you.
depression always helped me draw! in a way its a win win for when i'm happy or depressed.
Sorry you're having a hard time, it's not right that an artist as amazing as you feels this way, I hope you feel better soon
create beautiful art from your depression, instead of feeling uneasy and not willing to do any art, draw from that emotion.
anyways, lovely piece of art.
The drawing is really elegant, I love how soft and romantic every stroke is.
Skill is a lifelong curve. Something I heard from James Jean, about his own work: "It will never be good enough."
Working with clients is a skill, too — like the extra, hidden thing you have to learn that no one told you about. It's just another part of the job though, like taxes and self-promotion. In the end, only the art matters.
The daily routine is the most difficult part of the career. I read a self-help book for artists once (ha) called The War of Art, and what I learned from it was this — putting in the time each day is an achievement in itself. Whatever it takes, even when it sometimes feels soulless, repetitive...it's like the structure that keeps your art (life?) stable. It's okay to feel miserable, and sometimes you can even enjoy it, as melancholy as that may seem.
“People keep working in a freelance world because their work is good, because they are easy to get along with, and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. People will forgive the lateness of your work if it is good and they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as everyone else if you’re on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.” — Neil Gaiman, from this incredibly inspiring speech he gave once.
Think about your life as an artist both objectively and with emotion. Be critical, look at it from different angles. Take your time. I have a feeling things will work out in your favor if you do
Thank you for the recommendations and advice, I'm going to try and follow this. So far my goal has to draw one thing each day and work up from there.
I truly admire you're talent....... and even if you walk away from the "career", you will alway remain an "artist" who has [is] inspired many.
Take care of the depression [ it's a nasty disease..... but like every other nasty disease there are people that can help.... you don't have to do it by yourself ]
Take care, many good wishes