I’m working on my backlog of sketch book pages. I did a bunch of b/w versions that need vectorising. Nothing special, but here they are.
While many people complain about trolling on the internet, it’s actually a very supportive, nice, polite community.
People are reluctant to be critical of your work. If they don’t like it, they’ll chose to not comment or not ‘Like’ it.
Even if they do ‘Like’ it, it might just be polite encouragement. A tepid pat on the back as it were. It actually has very little value except as a method of News Feed Aggregation & Spread (on Facebook anyway)
Even my old MA class, had to be goaded into giving honest, critical feedback. In fact it took 6 months of scolding from Foz (our tutor and commander-in-chief ) to get to a place where people were comfortable with being honest.
Which is not easy even online (where anonymity removes some inhibitions), and so much harder face to face. It made me squirm for a while before I let go of “I want so-and-so to like me.”, “I don’t want to sound like a bitch” “I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings”
The Ex’s critiques would be very different from feedback from an art peer.
(To quote my sweetie on art: “I don’t get it” and on painting: “It’s boring.”)
And both, critique from your peers/betters or the internet needs to be specific. To get specific feedback you need to ask specific questions: Is this working? Are the colours too dull? Are the colours too bright? Are the lines too clumsy? Should it be bigger? Should I move it left? Is this drawing boring (ouch. that’s a toughie)
It’s easy to get sloppy. To forget that there is any need for critical feedback. To forget to ask the right questions, to neglect personal progress, to stagnate, to let ambition fade away.
You go to work, you come home and maybe you start to downgrade your personal work to the despised status of “hobby”. You start to then make excuses about time, about tiredness, about lack of space. After all, it’s just a hobby.
And these are all very real problems, but it’s also possible to try to push past them, with some internal or external goading. Be more prolific, push yourself harder, more ideas, better drawing, practice practice practice.
So what I’m trying to say, is that I’m trying really fucking hard to keep on my toes.