What is it, confidence? This is a question I’ve always had an issue with. Do you have to have confidence to be an artist? Well, the answer is…no! But most do so, and normally a large amount of it. And to be honest you’ll get emotionally hurt a lot if you don’t have confidence yourself. I’ve struggled with having confidence in my art, in myself for many many years, and still do to this day. It doesn’t make you any less of a human being by any means. But the more confidence you have in your self and your art, the better you will feel and the your work will show it. Trust me.
Back to the question, what is confidence? “It’s the feeling or belief that one can rely on someones trust”, or “The state of feeling certain about the truth of something”. And this one always made more sense to me being an artist, “The feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities’…That right there is pretty much the legitimate most down to earth answer you’ll ever get.
Now your first question is, “how do I fix it?” I’ve struggled with this one daily. Well if your talking about for yourself, it’s not real hard…it’ll just take time. 1) Dress sharp!:: Find your genre that you like, that you look good in and keep it up! 2) Hold your shoulders high!:: Don’t slouch, don’t let things get you down, visually speaking and try not to take peoples jerky criticism to heart.. Hold your head up all the time! When I was a kid this was my biggest issue, I’d walk around with my head hanging down. A family friend always told me, “better hold your head up, or you’ll be a hunchback when you get old!” 😉 3) And lastly, Be Proud of yourself and your art! Keep these 3 things up and you’ll be building your confidence in no time!
Now, don’t get me wrong some criticism about your art is a good thing. Helpful Criticism and Hurtful Criticism. There’s a fine line between the two. Along with building your confidence you have to learn on your level what criticism helps your confidence.
It’s a lot to take it, and hopefully it’ll help you reach the stars. Now here’s the last few days of my March Sketch a Day Challenge.
I hope I gave you some pointers, or maybe just an interesting read. Check back in a few days to see what’s next and in my March Sketch a Day Challenge!