Lately I’ve seen a decent number of stuffy posts all over the internet by professionals (& Non-professionals. And professionals that shouldn’t be professionals, and non-professionals that think they’re professionals…)
all passing on advice to never show anything but your absolute best work. They go on to insist that no one is going to take you seriously, blah-blah, blah.
Yeah, about that…
I’ve come to learn in my almost 4 years doing this [selling art, rebuilding a company] professionally, that people respect me for sometimes showing my flaws as an artist,
at times even blatantly pointing them out~>Sleepy Sundays: Meditation (From CardCastles Archives, Year: 2014)
In an attempt to help other artists with mistakes we all make sometimes.
—and you still keep coming back.
No one turns away from my site and says, “Oh my goodness, she’s so unprofessional! Did you see that shading mistake she made on that one?” For every mistake, I learn, make adjustments, and the rest of my work becomes better for it. I take things down. I put them back up. Sometimes being an artist is about making improvements.
People actually rather often say “Your have such a unique style! Your work is so detailed! This is gorgeous.”
They can tell I take my time and have learned from years of experience.
Those years included making plenty of mistakes.
There’s a growth there that you can see and a passion I have for my work that you all seem to know off the bat.
I guess what I’m trying to relay is:
It’s not all always about being perfect all the time. I get it about putting your best foot forward and all. But it’s okay to make mistakes too, ya know?
I mean, what are we all doing this for?
(—If not to have fun, learn, grow and pick some things up along the way.)
The same can be translated into writing and many other art forms.
Perfection is an Illusion
There is no such thing as true 100% perfection. Even the best of things have flaws. In our modern-day society one can admit our culture has become a bit obsessed with the idea of perfection. Plastic surgery, who’s eyebrows are or aren’t “on fleek” (barf) whose contour be slayin’ ” (cringe), whose girlfriend looks better than yours, all of it supposedly determined for us by some post or meme or magazine.
Don’t get me started with the subject of “reality television.” Some other time friends.
It’s all so incredibly fake, and put out there by people desperately seeking attention or validation, or followers, some fill to their void…
Whatever the case is, there is no such thing as true 100% perfection.
Maybe if we accept that first, we can fix our society’s increasingly narcissistic ways.