Are you afraid? You're probably wondering to what I am referring to when I ask such a vague question. Well, I am referring to the fear of being yourself. Now you're probably wanting to know why am I asking this and why does it matter? It is actually quite simple. As artists we create to convey the world as we see it to others. In essence, every piece you create should tell your story. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as many of us have no idea what we want to share with the world, deny ourselves for fame, or even worse we are afraid to show our real
As someone who is an analytical observer by nature I see this all the time in artworks that end up in my message centre. An artist with great potential chose to make a cliche idea without adding anything new to it and in their description they are complaining about the work (despite it being popular
). Also, I hear about this from artists who come to me to vent their frustrations over their artwork not meaning anything to themselves yet the work is popular.
: If you are going to create cliche works that mean nothing to you for fame, copy another artist's original idea, or ignore your artistic vision... you'll never
be satisfied with your work.
I am a blunt person so if you're hypersensitive I apologize now, but the truth is creating to be like someone else and complaining about the work is a vicious cycle you bring upon yourselves. You want to love your own work? Create for yourself! It is that simple! Otherwise, stop breeding negativity in your own life because you are choosing to hide who you really are as an artist and an individual. Not to mention, most people do not want to see the same thing over and over again; artwork should not be a Nelly song.
So I leave you with this go be inspired by the artists you admire, but let your own imagination and your artistic identity come through in your original work. I promise you, you will appreciate your work a hell of a lot more and the improvements you make over time will mean more because they represent your genuine growth. Besides, wouldn't you rather your art be fav'd because it means something to you instead of it being a piece you cannot stand anymore? Think about it and let me know how it goes.