I’ve been home for a few months now and ever since I came back after finishing my masters study, I wanted to focus on seriously working on my artwork. Towards the beginning I used to draw once a week or once in two weeks and post it on my Instagram (@CrystalDreamIllustration), I had okay reviews but I was still stagnant.
I started to seriously wonder what I could do to improve quickly and around that time Inktober was ending and I hadn’t even properly participated in it. I found it very difficult to draw based on a word, I like to draw what comes to my mind and most words didn’t trigger any kind of inspiration or motivation. Till that time, I had failed every prompt challenge I have ever been part of and so, I thought of taking things in my own hand. I decided to challenge myself to 30 days of art and allowed myself to draw whatever I wanted to, no restrictions.
It felt like I had struck a gold mine, ideas kept popping my mind, some good, some bad but I was learning so much. Finding inspiration from things all around me changed how I looked at everything. It’s a whole new perspective and what I procured was a mix of styles, art, palettes and so much more. I learned so much from it but the most important thing I learned was about the Instagram art community.
I used to follow many people who had amazing work but never commented on anything or even liked anything. That was such a stupid mistake. I started interacting with people, finding amateur artists, like myself, and we started sharing art tips while being motivated by everyone, working so hard.
One morning I woke up to a message request from another artist asking if I wanted to join his artist support group chat on Instagram, where we could all share insights, support and help with engagement. It was unnerving. Like when you are new somewhere and you have to introduce yourself in front of a bunch of unknown people. You have no idea who they are, only the fact that they are an artist like you.
A blessing in disguise, I met so many wonderful artists, working hard everyday to put their name out their. And we all were in the same boat of small amateur artists. But you know, the boat moved faster when all of us rowed together, instead of just one person trying their best to move forward with all their strength. Combined strength is hard to break, we have all read the story of one stick verses a bunch of sticks.
A community filled with amazing artists, drawing landscapes, portraits, chibi, cute and all kinds of art. Everyone using their work and captions to put their stories out there. They taught me that putting my heart in the work is so much more important than calculating its worth through likes and followers. Because in that space, it doesn’t matter where we are from, what language we speak or what we look like just that we all have a love for art and work really hard to create from our minds and hearts. And that is what I think the essence of being an artist is and should be.
Put yourself on paper, its hard enough to put your work out there for everyone to see and critique. And this community helps decrease that anxiety because everyone is welcomed. Its fascinating to look at everyone’s journey, its different, however, equally magical.
It fascinating to think that your hands hold the power to inspire people around you, it takes time to reach that point but you are walking that path with so many others. We all hold hands as we move forward, making it less scary. We don’t know what the future hold, though, we can always hope for the best, right?
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