I read this on an almost daily basis:
“Sorry guys, this isn’t my best drawing, but I hope you like it!”
Sometimes it’s a bit of false modesty.
You look at that towering example of artistic excellence and just go, “wow!”
As if the artist feels a bit of strategic self-deprecation will make it seem more authentic.
I don’t know.
But I do encounter many folks who feel whatever they put out there isn’t their best.
Here’s the conundrum though, you get better by putting your work out there.
And you are allowed to say: “I like the way this turned out.”
When you feel your art isn’t good enough, just ask the question, “not good enough for whom?”
Many who ask the question can’t actually pair specific faces with that question.
I get the impression creatives sometimes see this undefined crowd who are waving placards with “It’s not good” written on them.
I occasionally post this quote by Andy Warhol, and I will continue to do so because it’s still one of the most succinct and relevant bits of art/life advice I’ve encountered.
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ~ Andy Warhol
And here, from my side at the lastflyingcow website, I’ll add this:
“If you enjoyed making art, you might not always feel you improved, but you still did something you enjoyed. Not everyone can say that.”