Troubles of an Emerging Artist

With being in the final year of my art degree, I have been thinking a lot lately about how I will cope in the real world. I kept looking through art/illustration books and admiring all the incredibly talented illustrators out there and thinking about if and how I would become successful in a world already filled with such talent. I was comparing myself to other illustrators and wishing I could be as good as them…

Questions buzzed around my mind like: Am I a good enough artist?, Will people like my illustration style?, Why can’t I draw like other illustrators?… I was really working myself up into a tizzy and as a result my art-life did suffer because I lost a lot of motivation to draw.

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After much stressing and contemplation, I stumbled upon a memory from a workshop taken by Dylan Horrocks last year. He is a really successful comic book illustrator from New Zealand, and he taught me so much about the art of illustration and what to expect from a career.The most important insight I took from the workshop was.

Never compare yourself to other illustrators. There are a vast array of different illustration styles, and no two styles are exactly the same, and there is really no such thing as a bad illustration style. Illustration doesn’t have to be completely anatomically accurate, it just has to tell a story. 

My style of illustration might not be amazing and far from perfect(for example note that I suck at drawing hands and in the illustration above, I have drawn myself sitting with a pencil in my left hand… I am in fact right handed) but I love illustration and I am doing what I think everyone dreams of doing, I am pursuing a career doing something that I love. Drawing.

I am sure I am not the only one that stresses about not being good enough. So my advice to other people out there would definitely be:

  • Stop comparing yourself to others, admire them yes, but comparing and stressing about not being good enough will demotivate you.
  • If you love what you do (whether it be drawing or whatever) just do it, the more you do it the better you become and the more you’ll enjoy it.
  • Don’t stress about imperfections in your work, it makes your work unique and proves that you are challenging yourself. (If you’re not making mistakes you’re probably being too safe 😛 )

Cool? Awesome, thanks for reading 🙂 And keep creating!

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3 thoughts on “Troubles of an Emerging Artist

  1. Good advice Laura, no matter what stage an artist is in their career, thank you! Best to you after graduation, keep us informed of your progress.

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