In this post, I talk about building artistic confidence and how that can improve your ability and skill.
It’s not the destination but the journey. I don’t know who said that or where I heard it from but since embarking on my art journey, it has become more and more apparent to me. I may not know where I am journeying to but I do know that this journey has taken me to places I have never been before.
My last post was of me taking stock and having a good look back at what the year has been. I am kinda still in that train of thought even though my hands are moving forwards busy preparing for my first ever market, my mind has been dwelling on how far I have come. Just take a look at this:
That’s one year’s progress and it is huge! AND I’ll let you in on a secret, I didn’t even do daily practice of drawing people. So how did I manage to improve on my people drawing skill? I built on my artistic confidence.
My husband often tells me that I am way too modest about myself. I disagree with him. I believe I suffer from self-doubt. I suffer from major impostor syndrome.
For far too long, I doubted that I even had artistic ability. I knew I had an artistic flair but skill… that was another level I could never attain. This was the lie I kept telling myself because every time I tried to translate what I saw in my head onto paper or canvas, it never turned out the way I wanted it. So, I kept repeating that lie to myself until it seemed to be truth.
12 months ago, I had an awakening. I decided to take a step into fulfilling whatever purpose God had for giving me that creative bent. I started this art journey. It took me at least 4 or 5 months to finally admit to myself that I was an artist. It took me another few months to realize that the lie I had been telling myself. It took me another few months, with the encouragement others, to see the value in my work and not to undervalue myself. And it has taken 12 months to finally conquer my fear of drawing people, in particular drawing their little fingers!
So, here’s my tip. Apart from regular practice, you may wish to look within to see if it is not a matter of ability but a lack of confidence. If this is you, the best advice I can give you is to stop telling yourself that you can’t do it. Stop telling yourself that stupid lie. YOU CAN DO IT!
p/s I’ve given you some links to webpages you can read about building self-confidence below but you can read all you want on this topic and do nothing about it. OR…you can just go ahead and take that one small step by telling yourself that YOU CAN DO IT. 🙂
- There are some useful tips on the Art Prof page about building artistic confidence.
- Here’s a page with a good infographic on building confidence in your artistic ability by the Virtual Instructor.
- Read Tony Ferraro’s little post on overcoming lack of self-confidence
- This article from the Skills you need website also provides some helpful tips.
so whatcha waiting for?