Okay, I'll get this out right now:
My digital drawing sucks.
I've done a couple of drawings, my talents never seeming to improve beyond what a ten-year-old could do with finger paints and crayons--or on their own tablet/iPad with a drawing program.
I'm not going to blame it on the tablet, although I could--I'm not familiar with it due to lack of use (what a shocker) and no real knowledge of my artistic style from lack of use of mediums.
That's not precisely true; I seem to have some measure of success from traditional media; pens, pencils, colored pencils. I haven't used watercolors in a while, but I remember those being fun when I was younger.
Anyway, tomorrow is 's birthday. I drew her a card that I considered to be pretty good given my art skills.
But, now that I look on it... it was decent. Okay, heck, it wasn't that good at all.
So I begin the wonderful circle of self-criticism and total reviling of my work as I do it, which leads to lack of confidence and the wonderful "You'll never be as good as (insert artist here)" accompanied by "Why are you even trying?"
Well, I'm trying because as much as I suck at my art, I enjoy the process--most of the time. And after finishing my most recent sort and collation of MLP:CCG cards (can we say FUN?), I looked through Cocho's collection of gift art, happening upon a simply drawn pencil sketch that wasn't as refined as anything I did.
Then I realized something.
She didn't care that the drawing wasn't aesthetically perfect or pleasing to the eye: some details are rough and could be refined. What mattered to her was that someone made the effort.
So... even though I got her a commissioned piece from that was awesome, next time around for any sort of gift art I'm going to draw it myself.
I was told about Prismacolor Colored Pencils by a friend that do basically what I was looking to get from the Crayola set I got--hoping that I get gifted some for Christmas or just surprise bought by my friends in the MN Bronies.