21 Awkward Moments That Artists & Illustrators Recognize
People who draw are often painfully self-conscious. These moments do not help.
"Can I See Your Sketchbook?"
"Why do you buy so many sketchbooks?"
"Why won't you hang out with us?"
When you read art tutorials:
When another artist says things like this:
When you find out that a talented artist is ten years younger than you:
When you realize too late that you drew thumbs on the wrong side.
When you have a billion in-progress sketches lying around:
When attractive strangers approach you and you're convinced this is what they're thinking:
When people you barely know email you to draw flyers for them for free:
When people think art classes are easy:
When someone looks over your shoulders as you draw:
When fan art gets 1000x more reblogs than your non-fan art work:
When people find your old DeviantArt/Livejournal/Blogspot gallery:
When college art classmates call everything 'meta' and think using bodily fluids is still transgressive.
When you think about the job market at all:
When people actually want to buy your work:
When you're drunk at a party and doodle on everything you see.
When you're meeting your favorite artist. Or a fan meets you:
Finally: you feel weird and insane spending hundreds of hours doodling, but whenever you get discouraged, remember what Ira Glass said:
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