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SYAC - Mind over Matter by TomPreston SYAC - Mind over Matter by TomPreston
Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
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“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
~Vincent Van Gogh

Easier said than done, Vince...


PS: This is not a reflection of my current state of mind, though I won't deny at one point I have felt like this. I think this is something a lot of artists struggle with and I felt it necessary to visualize it. We all have critics, but the worst one is ourselves. Our brains have a brilliant way of heightening every fault and flaw we have, to the point that it can prevent us from even picking up a pencil. I really hope that more artists out there don't suffer from this, but if you do I want you to know that you're not alone. I believe that continuous work is the best antidote, so with that in mind: Don't let the dark thoughts get you down. Never give up. And keep doing what you love!

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Snowflake-the-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
This is me when I'm drawing.
It's why I prefer writing, because I can get every detail in and my mind likes to think (and possibly know) that my stories are amazing.
I've never gotten any voices on my stories, however
Just a favorite/follow/etc and they run away...
SixxStarr Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I was expecting there to be a voice saying "You're just a bear!"...I can relate to this though
Lizzardtong Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
i Wouldn't call myself an artist, but if i have/want to do something a lot of people will see, at first i end up like in this comic, but then i somehow manage to turn all the sadness into anger and then into determination to do it.
Jessplus10 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think every artist hits this point in their life, myself included; It's only when I decided that my life could not revolve around art (ie, make it my job) that I could "get out of bed." It'll always be my little happy place though.
TautestBeef4081 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
My school life in a nutshell.
Though, the voice was amplified by every other student.
LiteratureFanGirl Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I know that feeling too well. I'm my own worst critic.
Captain-rainbow222 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's my day nearly everyday some days I don't feel I can get out of bed,and you know what's worst is my best friend says she's my friend and then bags on my art!
AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
UrbanTheProfessional Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To all those out there that feel terrible because someone else insulted your art, said you were terrible, said you were bad, said you weren't good enough... SCREW THOSE GUYS! They're either jealous you can do BETTER than them, or simply trying to drain you of your creativity to make you worse than they are.
We are whom we are, and who you are is very special to you, and everyone supporting you! :)
xXKarasumeXx Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
I'm actually still recovering from this sort of thing.. One small comment from someone set me off, and I felt like crap for a while..
But I'm getting back into drawing now.  I'll improve so I don't feel this way again.  I don't want to lose my will to draw again.
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