How I Handle Criticism

I’d like to say I handle criticism really well. Even before I went to art school I tended to take any comment about my art with a grain of salt. I didn’t take any other topics the same way thought.

If it had to do with art, I could take a backhanded comment. It didn’t happen much to me, but there would be some comment that hurt, especially from professors. Professors are worse than students—they’ve learned the ropes and are thick skinned.

You don’t always have to take someone’s suggestion. Which is a relief, cause there are many comments however it’s good to consider a suggestion before you rule it out. Sometimes you don’t know if it’ll work until you try it. I personally can’t visualize something well in my head, despite being an artist.

Criticism also isn’t always a bad thing. Not only could you miss something that’s not working because you’re so close to it, but it helps mature you. I’ve found I’m better equipped to deal with arguments or hateful comments because I’ve practiced with constructive criticism. I can laugh at people who shout at me sometimes, because they’re acting so ridiculous, raving about nothing.

It can still hurt though. Depression has ruined my ability to cry properly when it hurts, so I sit in a gloomy haze or start to be irritable. However, it’s worthwhile to say that I recover better from a hateful comment now.

How to Price Your Art

I found pricing your art easier after art school. Sure I used what I learned but it didn’t feel right yet. I had to see the mishaps others had for a while before realizing a bit issue: Your time is worth more than the Internet says it is.

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How I Explain my Art to Others

It’s hard for me to talk about my art. I’ve been raised to never brag, so selling myself is tricky. This extends to just talking about my art. I feel it should speak for itself.

I know I draw fantasy and scenes, but that doesn’t always get into people’s heads. They hear “art” and think I just draw, or “graphic designer” and think I work on 3d modeling. I’ve resorted to “fantasy art” because it encompasses everything I do, but doesn’t tell the whole story.

I end up telling them a long-winded explanation. It’s rather tedious to explain that I draw art for my own stories. I can see the look in their eye that says “she’s not doing something REAL”.

Still, drawing for my own stories is was makes me truly happy. My work can be adapted to fit anything. People who love books and movies can see it, I think.

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