fruityloops wrote: ↑
15 May 2018 19:00
now i know why most of my stories i plan on doing never get out of the woodwork. I'm afraid of what people might think of me and it has happened before. A person said my art was off on a meme site of all places and i went crazy and try to redo it yesterday. it's not that my stuff is bad, it's mostly unorthodox while being conventional in other areas.
the most normal thing i'm working on is my own take on hell for me gag comic series, and it's basically the divine comedy in a modern age.
Coo, we can compare notes! One of the first actual stories I wrote (and finished!) in high school was based on the Inferno. It too was intended to be parody.
The flip side of not worrying so much is, I think perhaps much more difficult for the younger generations to do, is not caring so much about what other people say. By that I don't mean not hearkening to valid criticism or to new ideas. But rather, finding your own voice, telling your own stories and doing it in a way that satisfies your inner subcreator. Other people (teachers, bosses, editors, publishing houses, paid commission patrons) will to varying degrees tell you what to write, how to write it, when to write it and when to turn it in. Especially when you're young, all that "finding yourself" and "becoming your own person" and "fitting in with everyone else through rebellious conformity" angst can easily work against you. As you yourself just demonstrated. I have no idea what your piece of art was or why she said it was from a meme site, but the fact that you let the critic dictate your artistic direction. Okay, you lost that battle, but it's a learning moment!
Next time, don't ignore the critic, but take a breath, control your primitive repitilian reactionism and find someone you trust (here or in real life), ask them what they think --- does this look like it came from off some meme site? Or is this critic blowing steam? Look at it again with fresh eyes yourself. Maybe it did come from some meme site (whatever that is!). An opportunity to consider the whys and wherefores of the art piece itself: what story does it tell? Can you have told it differently? It's okay to redo! But now I'm curious as to what it is that had you in such consternation!
If you're unorthodox and conventional by turns, so what? Just let your art express your inner vision the best you can!
And of course, "don't worry so much!" But more importantly, don't let the critics wear you down: you do your own thing and let them say what they will!