: Frustration!!!

07-18-2013, 05:06 PM
Does anyone else get so frustrated they want to quit from time to time? I was looking at some sketchbooks online that were done by others and every picture in their sketchbook is fantastic. The sketchbook I have now has maybe 1 or 2 pics. that might be even close to somewhat good. I just want to know from some of the more experienced artists if they have ever been in this position.

07-19-2013, 09:55 AM
Oh hello excuse me I'm sorry but is this the same joeygn72 who drew the Monica Belluci I practically slobbered over speaking?

I suggest you read biographies or check out youtube videos interviewing artists. I have come to discover a lot of them went and go through the same stuff the rest of us encounter. Like Kevin Eastman (I'm not a total geek about it, but I love comics) who along with Peter Laird created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I marvel over his artwork and was encouraged to read that he struggles with every page....he compared it to war. I go a few days not drawing and I come back to it and suck big time for days to weeks and thought I have some problem until seeing J. Scott Campbell say even on vacations he draws because "you get rusty real quick..its like you forget how to draw or something". Because an artist I admire (Greg Capullo) mentioned it in an interview, I'm going through 'Drawing From The Right Side Of The Brain' after ignoring it for decades and you know what? Lessons that are suppose to take someone 45 min to an hour to do I complete in less than 10 min....which reinforces for me that I got the goods but I need to stay focused and not be lazy.

In physics, the secret to progress is traction. In a car various oils are used to lubricate parts to slow down wear and tear of stationary parts, but tires are literally where the rubber meets the road, and moving the car forward involves those wheels grabbing and pushing against something. Right now is a sweet time for you to grab at your desire to expand your porfolio and push against your tendency to compare yourself or your work to others and move forward into a renewed commitment to increasing productivity and performance. Every person of significance has faced a struggle, every individual of accomplishment has been tested by their own perceived limitations and emerged with a testimony for how they reached the other side and can attest to the fact that if they could do it, you can do it too.

Again, that's why I encourage reading biographies to assure yourself that you're not alone in any of your struggles as that feeling of isolation can be 10 x more powerful than the so-called obstacle itself...which may just really be an opportunity to grow wearing the disguise of a problem.

07-19-2013, 10:26 AM
Ahhhhh... The beautiful thing about this forum(Thank you to the person who created it) is the feed back you get from people. I forget the Buddhist teachings that life, like practically everything else is pain. You spend most of the time struggling to climb the mountain and reaching the top enjoy the few fleeting glimpses of the beauty of all that is around. Then only to turn and struggle back down the mountain but the real beauty lies within the struggle. That is if personal growth and "enlightenment" is what you are looking for.

Thanks for your input. I don't think I would really stop drawing. The mere thought of that is a sad thought. When I was younger (much younger it seems) I had tracked a storm coming off the coast of Africa. I along with several others had projected it's path and estimated it's landfall somewhere around 5-6 days. The storm decided it didn't want to arrive when my friends and I told it that it should have(storms tend to make their own plans).. We all waited a very impatient extra 3 days for it to come but in that extra 3 days there was alot of cursing nature and boredom. The storm finally broke it's stall and came full bore. We spent at least an entire week driving up the coast from Florida to North Carolina chasing it and surfing 8 to 10 hours a day before following it's path. That was the best 7 days of waves I had ever seen.

I'm not sure if that has anything to do with this, maybe in between the lines somewhere is some significance. Thanks for your encouragement. I gotta get to school finals are coming and that is a storm in and of itself.. Make it a great day!

08-07-2013, 08:33 AM
Nice to read all these discussions.