The Red Eye.
One thing that is funny( sort of funny) as an artist... sometimes you try something different, like drawing with a different pen, a different way a different technique and you put a lot of effort into it and you’re super proud of it, but the majority of people who look at your image just go...”meh......it’s ok..” and you’re slightly upset.( I’m kidding.. you get really depressed ) And sometimes you just throw something on the page in a few seconds and people go” WOW!! THIS IS THE B.E.S.T. thing you have EVER done”..and you’re just befuddled( I just like that word, Befuddled.
It use to really bug me .. but then I realized... IN GENERAL.. your audience doesn’t really are HOW you did your work... they just care about the result and the first impression they get when they see the art. If it speaks to them .. they respond to it..if they have to work at understanding the image, you’ve lost the emotional charge of the piece and just becomes a technical piece.
For us though.. we know how much work has gone into the piece and we feel like BECAUSE of the amount of time and effort and sweat it took to do it we should be rewarded with this particular piece being HA-MAI-ZZZING!! but it just doesn’t work like this. In art.. in my experience, people are dazzled by skills, but they are really moved emotionally by spontaneity and truthfulness which usually has the look of being effortless.
Lightness of touch...
SO... IF ever you are in that position of putting a lot of effort into a piece and feeling like it just falls flat with your audience....know that you’re not the only one and that you should NOT give up being an artist.
You should also NOT stop trying hard... you have to put the hard work over and over to discover, understand and eventually master something so you can use it effortlessly the next time.. if you don’t do that work, you won’t master it. ( And you WILL master it, you will instantly discover something totally different that you can’t seem to draw/paint/sculpt... but that’s another post).
All that matters in the end is what the audience sees and feels.
Just a thought.