I think, by far one of the most important parts of drawing anything, and also the one aspect most often forgot, is to have fun drawing.
People always get caught up worrying about what others will think of them if they see _______ on their blog, or how drawing ________ wont benefit them in anyway and how they should draw more “serious and finished” work - and that sucks.
No one ever got famous worrying about how everyone else will perceive their work. When you listen to any or all of your favorites artists talk about their process for making something, it never comes down to “Oh I thought people would like______”, no. It’s always “I made what I thought was funny”, or “what i thought would be cool”, or “what I wanted to see done”, or “how I saw it”. Those people sat down and made what made them happy and it shows - that’s why they’re your favorite - they did what they thought was fun without caring about what others thought. Hell, some of them don’t even like the fame.
The people who do end up succumbing to these fears usually end up quitting and drawing less. They get stuck in communities they don’t like and end up crushing themselves under the self-imposed pressure to do ______ or _______ instead of what they really want to be doing! That’s terrible!
So next time you sit down to work on something and you say “oh I shouldn’t draw _______”, stop yourself and just draw. Whether you’re a novice, a realist, a cartoonist, a furry porn artist, or whatever - people will see the love and fun you had with your work and be drawn to it. Maybe they’ll turn away, maybe they’ll stick around. But as long as you’re having fun, it’ll be that much easier to keep drawing, get better, and find more people who are drawn to your work. The one’s who do judge you for drawing ______, you don’t want to look at your stuff anyway.
So guys, just chill out and have some fun, ok?
I posted this over on Tumblr too with a little header image in case anyone's interested: joemcgro.tumblr.com/post/66601…