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Daring To Suck – Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Suck

“Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.” — Mia Hamm

Is it possible to be a skilled artist yet lack creativity?

An artist recently posed this question to me. He could copy and alter images that were presented to him, but couldn’t come up with much on his own.

He had a hard time reconciling the fact that he could create these images without being able to create things that were just as good from his own mind.

It became clear that he just needs to suck at coming up with his own images, ideas, and concepts for a while.

Kid's Drawing

I must go, my people need me.

He’d spent so much time learning to draw by copying that he’d neglected to work on creating things for himself. People thought of him as a talented artist and he was afraid of being “found out”.

What he wanted was a guarantee rather than understanding that it’s a process, and not everything he’s going to create will be awesome.

What he needs to do is to start visualizing images in his mind for long enough that he can transfer that image onto the paper.

There are a few ways to go about working on your problem but the first step is to understand that it’s a process, nothing else.

The most important thing that distinguishes the ones who go on to do great things are the ones who aren’t afraid to suck.

It’s really simple to say and a whole other thing to actually do.

If you’re going through something similar I emplore you to just go through the process of creating some sucky-ass stuff of your own for a while.

The first step to doing anything well is to start by sucking at it.


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