Personally, I found my inspiration for many things in life from an artist named Anna Syvertsson. She’s a modern artist who posts things to her social media. I follow her blog and love looking at her fun, carefree, doodle-y art work a lot.
If you look at her artwork, you might not understand why it’s impacted me so much. She just doodles pictures of girls and dogs and stuff, what’s so appealing?
Well, she was one of the first artists I really started following once I got into looking at art blogs. She was one of the first artists to show me that I really need to draw the stuff that I like in a style I enjoy drawings with, and not what I think will get others to look at my artwork and follow me.
Also, she showed me that I don’t need to focus on making sure my work is completely realistic, finished, or is executed perfectly. The majority of her work doesn’t have any of these qualities, but is still so refreshing to look at, especially if you look at art websites a lot where the majority of artists only post their best, most finished work, like I do.
Through her, I found many other artists who maintain the same doodle-y, unfinished style, which is something that I’ve really grown to love and appreciate, unlike many traditional artists will. Seeing this work reminds me that my work doesn’t need to be perfect or finished in order to love it and want to share it with others. That’s something that I wasn’t able to get over for a really long time. It reminds me that each individual work is a process and that not every single drawing or doodle that I start needs to be fully developed, especially if I’m not into it after I start it.
Lastly, she’s showed me that I need to take a step back and just let my mind wander when I’m thinking of what to draw. It appears that she just doodles all day and lets whatever comes to her mind become a reality on her paper. When you’re a new artist, you cycle through tons of ideas (especially with the viewer’s potential opinions in mind) without ever actually writing them down or executing them because you think it would be dumb or uninteresting to invest your time into the majority of them.
All of that has translated into the way that I think about many things in my life. I’ve learned not to feel bad if I have an idea that I don’t like anymore after time or if I end up leaving something unfinished. I no longer feel pressured to do things at the highest capacity possible. Now, I just do things, and if they don’t work out, then so be it.
I hope that made sense and possibly helped you out! 🙂