Sokolas, you're an amazing artist. I love your art. For me you are the best of all. Nobody can paint the emotions ponies like you, even when I have sometimes hurts my heart. But this is just proof of how great you are.
I think You should get some more ditance to Your work. As a program in Java is a completely subjective thing, art is very arbitrary. Maybe taking part in 30 minutes challange would help? Like, no matter You like it or not, You must finish because the time's up? At times I've cared about my drawing I could spend up to a week on a single pic trying new techniques and having a pain in the ass because none of them worked as I wanted to. Well now i come out of conclusion that art is a very dynamic thing. As You create it, nothing stays the same as what You had in mind before making the first line. As I lost all my courage to draw, and just recently gained some will to draw again, now i think my art looks better when i care less. Well not because that my expectations are lower, but... It just worked for me like that! Also it doesn't stress me now. On the other hand, I can understand You as a perfectionist.
Nah, a perfectionist is the one who always wants to makes things, even ideal, better... Thought this may be the problem from what I read, however I can be wrong. I'm pretty sure You just judge them a bit too hard.
Yes. And what is even more frustrating is when I try to sketch a certain pose or angle and it just doesn't come out right, and all I draw looks like crap. And self-criticism, and seeing all those mistakes and knowing that there's really more mistakes which I can't see... Drawing is sooo frustrating sometimes, I just want to tear all my pictures and cry. It looks like I'm nor improving, so I think, "What's the point of drawing?" but yet I can't drop it.
heh yeah, I honestly just got this pain in my chest as you perfectly described how I've felt so many times. I've got pieces nearly done that have sat untouched for a good year. idea's that I ain't started on in close to a year and a half for the exact reason you stated. I honest to god have gotten worse over time (no practicing at all for months/years) I think the most crippling effect is when you see some one you admire putting out a piece that is so stunning you look at your own and get so pissed you can't do that good. and yet they look at your stuff telling you how they love it and you look at it and see nothing but mistakes. the color, the way the ear should be titled to the left not the right, the way the leg extends the shadowing and so on.
heh its the artists curse. no matter how great you are or how beautiful your art is there will always be mistakes that scream at you while others see absolutely nothing wrong with it.
I see all the bad sides of my drawings, so I often want to tear them apart and just cry in frustration. Today I was sketching and sketching, and no sketches were satisfying. It was like I forgot how to draw a pony. And this happens to me all t he time...
You're too hard on yourself, but that seems to be the bane of every artist, small or big. You should learn more yes, but gradually. Just because every drawing is not a fabulous, insane experiment 50 yards outside your comfort zone it doesn't mean it's bad. And you should do things for fun, you silly willy. Art is all about fun. At least it should be.