Copyright 2014 Andrew Dobson
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It annoys me so much when I see people in the art community perpetuating this thinking that your artistic growth is a straightforward line from start to finish and that everything you do must further this rigid normality. I feel the exact opposite at times. I think progress should be more organic, fun, and not something that can be bound by quantifiable steps.
It take a lot of courage to admit to yourself that your art isn’t perfect. But if you keep at what you do, slowly and gradually you’ll grow and bloom into awesomeness. Even the biggest trees start as little saplings. You can’t force growth, you have to let it happen naturally.
(not to say you can’t help it out from time to time with a little fertilizer, but just don't force it)