Improving is not always so easy… or is it?
I’ve come to thing about other people in the hobby a lot lately, but before I say anything… I’m not going to give out names or pages or even post pics because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or have people think that I’m talking about a certain person, the following is just a personal opinion and view of this topic.
Ever since I started this hobby I’ve always admired other people’s work, and every time I would say to myself: “I want to be able to paint like that one day”. Perseverance would be the word to describe the feelings I had to make better figures, perseverance and dedication, the will to improve one skills because you’re a very passionate person and a perfectionist or at least try to be.
Between the people I’ve watched throughout many years, I’ve seen people who even as the years pass, their skills or their work never improve, I would think back then: “well, I guess they ‘re still learning?” but even now they still do the same work, I see it and I can’t stop but to scratch my head…”why don’t these people want to improve?”, now, there’s a big difference between style and how you work with your figures, but as far as masking correctly, preparing the figure well, even practicing painting eyes, now on that last one I can’t really complain… it took me 7 years to be able to paint decent eyes, but even that, other people have been in the hobby wayyy longer than me.
Every time I would see their works I would be so tempted to give out constructive criticism on how they could improve but the problem with that is that the majority of these people take it the wrong way, they get offended and worse! some of them have a super high ego that they even tell you “what are you talking about?! my work is perfect!” and then your left with a (._.) face and saying “ok…” and these are the people that leave all the comments like “omg I love your work!” and they say it to the people that well, let’s face it, are the most talented people in the community… so if they can identify dazzling work… how is it that they can’t or won’t improve theirs? ._.’
Could it be that talent is not learned but it’s a given? that no matter how much you try to improve, it’s just not possible for the person because they weren’t born with the gene to be good at this in particular? because we ALL have talent for something, I know very talented people in cooking and baking, others with drawings and illustrations, that something that I would not be sure to be able to do because I’ve tried to draw before but I just can’t draw something without having disproportions, so I just stopped trying. Now I’m not saying to give up on something that you’re sure you like a lot, but if it’s something that you have tried to improve many many years and still do the same thing… wouldn’t that be a flag to stop? I don’t believe in admitting defeat but if you must do it, it should be because there are no possibilities of improving ever, recognizing that you can’t do something is I believe very honorable and not at all degrading.
Another thing someone told me is that self esteem, that if they have a high self esteem, to them, their work is perfect, gorgeous… and their are very satisfied, would that be true? I really have no clue.
Maybe I’m the only one that looks at things like this, maybe my perspective of being an artist (because everybody that makes anything creative is), would believing this make a snotty person? or maybe even condescending? I really hope not, because even though I see people’s work I know how to identify when they tried their hardest to make it and I can also identify when they just make a sloppy job because they just want the figure regardless of how it looks.
Those were just my thoughts, please don’t get offended as this was not directed to any person in particular.