Never apologize for your art!

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.”

Cheers,
Matt

9 Comments

  • I have a question for you, Matt. What if your art tests the boundaries of what art is, and sometimes makes some people angry because it is too raw? Too powerful, candid, emotive, honest, to the point, painful, sincere? Because it raises ghosts in society that some would rather let lie? What if you are worried about the audience’s reaction then, not because of your skill level but because of your motivation? Is it different, or do you proceed just the same?

    Thanks.

  • I can’t even draw a decent stick figure. However, I’ve written several books, all published by commercial publisher — some big, others small presses. It’s odd to me how different artistic ability is given to different people. Of course, there’s always the exception that certain people are blessed in more than one artistic genre. Lucky them. FYI, I’m really enjoying your Warrior Princess. Look forward to it daily, or at least every chance I get. Keep up the great work! 🙂

    • Thanks so much!
      The vote of confidence makes a huge difference. It helps to know that these creations aren’t just cast into the void, without anyone noticing!

      There you go, you are a published author.
      I see dozens of people on Twitter each day who lament their unpublished status.
      Nonetheless, it’s true what you say, I’ve come across individuals who can do anything from playing violin to welding iron statues in place, and also excelling in sport!

  • Good word. Definitely need to remind myself of that as I find myself wanting to write excuses or apologize. Well said. Thank you.

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