and i’m gonna give this idea its own post because i think it’s important and i wish someone had said this to me sooner:
being an artist is like being a video game character, and every drawing you put sincere effort into gains you xp, no matter how much the drawing itself blows, and no matter how crappy you feel about it.
if you’re wrestling with an enemy in a game, it doesn’t matter how beat up u get in the process and how many health items u use - at the end of the day, if you complete the boss battle, you get the experience. and if you don’t defeat the monster, you get to try again, and even though you might not be closer to leveling up now you at least know a little bit more about what you have to do to finish the fight
that really is very, very similar to how i feel about making art. it is impossible for finishing a drawing to make you a WORSE artist. it’s impossible for finishing a drawing to NOT make you a BETTER artist, even if it’s by a negligible amount. every drawing you finish, no matter how crappy it is and no matter how much you hate it, is valuable because it will always teach you something. there is no such thing as a piece of art that is worthless or a complete waste of time - there is no such thing as a piece of art that doesn’t gain u xp
and you don’t have to show it to anyone. not every piece has to be something that anyone in the world needs to know about. you can have entire secret troves of HORRIBLE, crappy, awful drawings that only exist to levelgrind
so make the art. finish the drawing even if you hate it. literally the only thing it can do to you is make you a better artist