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: Getting over nerves

Kayleigh Phelps
08-26-2017, 01:20 PM
Ok so before I start a piece I get nervous because of fear of it going totally wrong, especially when trying out something new...

Any advice on how to lessen the nerves? Its not even as if I'm painting for money, its just a hobby... But a hobby I sometimes take very seriously lol.

08-28-2017, 11:06 AM
Keep a sketchbook and take an "anything goes" approach. Draw anything - Make it ugly - fill it with bad drawings/sketches/paintings. Try and make them good but be satisfied when they're bad. Don't buy an expensive sketchbook at first. Just get one for $5 somewhere and fill it.

Remember anything goes. Experiment with images in different ways that you wouldn't imagine doing on a larger canvas. Use tools you've never used before. Make weird things that you've never seen.

Every now and then you'll find an idea that has some unique beauty to it. Explore those ideas. Make thumbnails on how to best show what you think is beautiful. Once you've found a thumbnail that works best for you, bring it out of the sketchbook onto a canvas and paint it.

I find that this process builds momentum and confidence in your own hand.


Vasiliki Quinlan
01-24-2020, 12:03 PM
Salvador Dali said to not try and find perfection in your work as you can never reach it. Even the great Dali believed this. I learned in art school never to throw any of my work out as it is a language of your production, just be free of expectation on self and your art will speak to you.

Hanlon Wu
04-13-2020, 03:05 AM
I use to think like this cause I wanted each piece of art to be amazing and was more worried about technique then what gets put on the actual page.

If you have a problem with this I'd try drawing more messy, with 3D shape compositions and use tracing paper over it to hash out the details. Once you got that you can paint it using it as a reference. I'm personally not a painter so Im not sure if this would completely apply with that medium but all the best.


04-27-2020, 06:09 AM
I've found an artist who is a dyslexia person, and he said in his website, "I know the pain of being different. However I realise when I accept that this is a GIFT rather than a curse from my mum, I have never look back." and yup his art is so good.. Perhaps that helps

04-27-2020, 01:11 PM
I agree with whatever others have posted so far.
I usually make several small-size sketches before starting any serious painting. That helps me a lot.
By the time I start on canvas, I know my image like the back of my hand and then the rest becomes easy :)

Christine Strohmeyer
05-06-2020, 04:07 PM
Hey there. I feel this way at times too. I started a YouTube channel that's directed towards new artists. I made art all the time in high school, but I stopped because I was too concerned about what other people thought. I want to help other people like myself. Check this out