Lately, I've been pondering this quite a lot.
Whenever I begin to get a little insecure about my abilities (The art class I'm currently is pretty competitive, so it happens often), I give myself some time to think and cool off...
Today my mind wandered into how art has been used throughout history and today...it used to be to depict objects to be as real as possible, but now we have the camera. What has remained timeless, however, are the stories and messages communicated through artwork. In the midst of my doubts, I am trying to remind myself that one day I very well may achieve extremely realistic work, but what is most important right now is spontaneous creativity that can be beautiful even if it isn't perfect. Art is very stylistic, and everyone's work isn't going to be the same, so why judge the differences? If everyone's art is different, then there is really no BETTER. More realistic, maybe, but what really determines good art is the message, the idea. Did it come from the heart?
Whatever your artistic visions are, remember that you WILL get there. Scrutinizing one's own work is all part of life, but don't let perfection be the daunting thing that trips you and lands you flat on your face.
Perhaps imperfection can be perfection.
Improvement, however, is very real!
Just a thought....
Best wishes and all the luck to you guys
I'll be around DA a little more over the next day or so once I am not clogged with obligations!