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5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better!



You really want to, you've worked hard to develop the skills you have and you enjoy every minute of doing what you love. And besides, people say that your artworks are...nice. Cute. Doesn't that count for something? Sure it does, there is no reason to panic and pointlessly push yourself forward. Enjoy your coffee break!

Besides, even if you didn't like the current level as much, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it at the moment. So many unfortunate happenings stand right between you and your dream. Recognizing any of the following?



:bulletred: 1 - You don't have the time

You're right! After all, you are a human being, not a machine, waking up early every morning, heading to school/work, afterwards taking care of the household/kids/your homework, studying, you barely even finish all the tasks during the 24 hours that's been given to everyone.

On the other hand, is there absolutely no way to squeeze in one hour to practice? What about that two hour lunch you have with your friend just to talk through all the pointless news? How about cutting a few minutes out of your gaming/tv time? Think harder, you'll realize that our time is distributed amongst things we WANT to do.


:bulletred: 2 - You don't have enough money to buy proper supplies


Sure this is a valid point, I mean look at those artists and their work, they use such fancy paints and equipment that makes them achieve the best results without probably no work at all. Where would you get such material? Without such advantage, there is no point in trying.

On the other hand, have you seen those exceptionally awesome artists who work with nothing but pencil and paper? No the pencil is not magical, I'm sure you have one of those by your side right now. Pick it up, because this excuse has just expired.

:bulletred: 3 - You're not talented enough


Of course, famous artists were born with different hands and eyes like yours, you have absolutely no artistic talent swimming inside your veins. You tried your best but your subjects are stiff, coloring just wrong, better to give up now before you make a fool out of yourself.

On the other hand, you still can't be sure whether you have the talent. You won't know that when your mom gives you pencils at 3, you won't know when you're trying to paint at 20 for the first time in years. You might find out perhaps after months / years of continuous training and practice. Only that and nothing but that can release and show your talent. The questions is, do you WANT to find out?

:bulletred: 4 - Nobody supports nor likes your work


It gets rough when you're alone with what you do. You want to share your results but nobody seems to care, or - in a worse scenario - you meet the cruel reality of your family telling you that this is simply not your cup of tea. Have you ever had a sibling yell at you that you're just no good and should give it up right now? (I did :P) How can one proceed with no support?

On the other hand, good luck basing your decisions on other people's opinions and preferences. Even your family, even if you love them, they have their own hobbies and taste in arts. When you make your peace with this, you are a big step ahead with your work, and you will be doing it only for yourself - this is the best motivation and it lasts whole life.

:bulletred: 5 - There is too much competition


So you took the time to practice, obtained material that you can afford, risen above the talent rumors, made your peace with not having your family blessing and keep on making your artworks. However, it doesn't sell, there is no opportunity for exhibition right now, and online world is full of such brilliant artworks beyond compare. Too many great people around you, what's the point in trying?

On the other hand, THIS is exactly the point in trying harder. Competition hurts sometimes but it has one great side effect - motivation to beat it. If you never saw that brilliant illustration and so many people being excited about it, perhaps you would be on your coffee break again, thinking how you've mastered the craft already. And now you are working on yourself instead and that makes the tomorrow's YOU better.




"The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it."

Jordan Belfort




Which excuse keeps you away from your practice?  


Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below :heart:


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Motivational article written for #projecteducate's Community Week :frail:
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First off, you should think about being a paid modivational speaker. To be honest though haven't we heard this before? If not from you then from friends, family, or even ourselfs! Three of the five excuses here I've used to qui on myself. To that end, it's not EXTREMELY creative. To say the words that people dont point out or even want to hear does take a honest, brave person. (With a some degree of stupidity we all have in our Honor)

I must praise you on pointing out resolutions to the problems other than complaining and leaving more doubt in your readers' minds. You saw the problem we have as a group and targeted them when others wouldn't... I applaud you.
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Hiland-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you... the last excuse is probably the most difficult for me to conquer....It has literally taken me years to find my niche to turn my talents into a source of income... it's still not great but it works... I think in addition to getting over what people think, one should also consider that adaptability and willingness to listen to what your audience is looking for.  It can go a long way to easing your inner angst... keep true to yourself yes, but don't stick your nose so far up in the air that no one can touch what you do and make it something they can relate to... :)  Art speaks, but sometimes as an artist you have to humble yourself and listen too.  When working for others to create their vision in your medium this skill is one that takes cultivation... and as much dedication as your technique.  I love the article...Thank you for the reminder....
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Mothedri Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to recognise I am too lazy and I use the no time excuse too often...I should try harder, I have to try harder! And I don' t mean just with drawing...
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
Great article, Jane. I think so many of us can definitely relate to this
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Anastasia122 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAh my practice is bother my free and study... 

Maybe forgot about drawing and writing for a while... 

Good article.
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CrioArts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Vyborne!
Velmi dolezite je, ze si okrem vypichnutia problemu, dala aj "riesenie", resp. pozitivny uhol pohladu.
Super.
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8Imagination8 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh.  I always use the first excuse...  I suppose it's because I procrastinate XD
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sun-lily Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist
I love this article! This isn't too harsh to bum me out instead it inspires. Thank you!
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AntiMach Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very clever title for getting the demotivated motivated. Nicely executed!  I really appreciated the time part, and the talent. Such words help so much.
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know how many times I've seen these bad excuses used :lol:
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FlamesofSugar Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Time to play!

"What about that two hour lunch you have with your friend just to talk through all the pointless news?"

My lunch is 45 minutes in a public school building where my friends and I listen to the rowdiness of 100+ other students rather than talking amongst ourselves because we have nothing to talk about.

"How about cutting a few minutes out of your gaming/tv time?"

Because I do more than just game, watch TV, and draw?

"...is there absolutely no way to squeeze in one hour to practice?"

Well, I suppose I could start waking up at 4:30 AM instead of 5:30.

..."have you seen those exceptionally awesome artists who work with nothing but pencil and paper? No the pencil is not magical, I'm sure you have one of those by your side right now. Pick it up, because this excuse has just expired."

Those artists also tend to have various kinds of pencils for specifics. And some people hate doing traditional drawing.

"...better to give up now before you make a fool out of yourself."

Yes, sometimes, it is.

"...you still can't be sure whether you have the talent."

About as sure as I can be that a bullet in my head will kill me.

"Have you ever had a sibling yell at you that you're just no good and should give it up right now?"

No, but she's chased after me with knives and said she hates me. Does that count?

"Even your family, even if you love them, they have their own hobbies and taste in arts."

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! No, but they have their own problems and taste in alcohol.

"...THIS is exactly the point in trying harder. Competition hurts sometimes but it has one great side effect - motivation to beat it."

As well as squashing everyone beneath you and just not giving two cents about anyone anymore. And that's only if you LIKE competition. I personally hate competing in anything. It brings out the worst in EVERYBODY.

Well, that was fun. Back my head games!
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