It's easy to get discouraged and feel like your posts online don't make a ripple. I feel that way pretty often.

Imposter syndrome, feeling stuck, and self-hatred can sneak up.

But every now and then I notice that I'm making some genuine friendships and connecting with artists I've admired for years.

What you do does matter. Don't give up.

@ScribbleAddict hope this didn't sound like I'm only grateful for friendships with artists I admire. I've made many friendships with lots of people, and I'm so grateful for all of them. All of that has made the journey worth it a has sustained me in the long road to where I am now, and where I hope to be.

That's what I meant to say, don't know if it came off that way. :)

@Absolutely_Blakely hopefully you've experienced it already, but if not, I can attest that it does eventually if you are genuine and keep working on your own improvement :)

To combat that I try to focus on drawing things I enjoy while also making each drawing some kind of learning experience, it can be as simple as drawing a dog with a new brush. When I post it no matter how many people end up noticing it I already got something out of it, it already made a difference for me.

I'll admit though that I'm not above wanting to make a ripple, and it feels really good when something does… and it hurts when it doesn't.


Listening to experienced artist struggle with those same doubts, that same impostor syndrome, has had me asking, "how can that be? Their art is phenomenal!" Hearing that allows me to see them as what they are: human, after all.

Try to not get discouraged. :) They go through the same, I go through the same, and you too go through the same.


@guephren thank you :) you're totally right. And I really appreciate that. It's good to have friends like you there to encourage me when I feel that way. Truly, we're all going through this; we're in it together!

@guephren yeah, that's a fantastic point. I definitely try to do that too. I think the main thing I struggle with is wondering if I'm ever going to "make it." Lately freelance has been slow, and I'm still unsure of how to make it into my chosen field full time. It can be pretty discouraging. But it's easy to focus on where you aren't, and not on how far you've come. Progress is being made. Just gotta figure out what my next step is to get me closer to where I want to be.


Sometimes the most important things to the people who care are small and don't do big numbers. And the frivolous chaff goes viral.

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