When You Are Feeling Down - Artist Depression

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

I'll be honest here, I am just like many of you. I have moments where I just can't stand my work.


I sit there and think "Oh look, more crap" and "Ugh, does anyone even like what I do?"


The truth is, not it's not really crap and yes people do enjoy my work. I rarely get an ego boost and it mostly comes from my friends and the occasional stranger who makes my day by commenting on my artwork through DeviantArt or Instagram.


I turn into a bouncing bunny every time someone purchases a sticker from my Redbubble shop. Woohoo, 80 cents!


So no, I'm not "the worst artist in existence." I am just down on myself. My own worst enemy, in fact.



How many of you have felt this way? 


If you are reading this, the chances are that you have at one time in your past felt depressed about your art. You came here either because you are a follower of my rambles or because you are curious as to what I have too say on this subject.


Well... here you go folks....


IT. IS. NOT. YOUR. FAULT!!!


Artistic Depression is real. The lack of motivation, the sadness, the rejected feeling and the desire to not want to keep going even though you love what you do is very very much real. 


The first thing you have to do is to own that. 


How I manage it might be different on how you manage it and I'm going to share some links from other sources and blogs that can help you. But first... a couple of lists...


Things you must STOP doing: 

  1. Comparing your work to others - It will only make it worse

  2. Thinking that people don't care - They probably haven't see it

  3. Crapping (metaphorically) on your work! - (THIS ONE I NEED TO STOP DOING)

  4. Taking all criticism personally - Sometimes good advice is REALLY good advice

Things it's OK to do:

  1. Let out the frustrations in a healthy manner - (go for a run, vent to a friend, find your zen)

  2. Blog about it <--- Currently doing this

  3. Find a shoulder to cry on