I have done one week of inktober! On my last post, I was explaining how good it can be for you. Also, how great it was in teaching you how to stay consistent and discipline yourself into trying to create every day. My first three days was really bumming me out because they just didn't turn out the way I had hoped. I was also trying to make them look more "aesthetically" pleasing as a whole for social media purposes.
I then got to thinking about how I don't want to burn myself out. Yes, there are days when I don't feel like I don't want to create or do anything. There is also a very fine line between being lazy and taking days off so that you don't exhaust yourself with your artwork.
You have to create because you want to, and you are doing it for yourself. Don't be creating and doing it for the likes. I hate when a piece doesn't come out the way I like, but that is how art is. I really wanted to delete them, but realized it wasn't helping me out. There will always be ugly pieces of art, but that is not the point. It is to learn where my mistakes were made and to learn to appreciate the bad. Also, I am far from perfect and so is my art, it helps me grow and the point of art isn't to gain others' views on it. Art is subjective, as we have always heard...
Learn to read yourself when you are not feeling up to painting or drawing. Are you doing it because you just don't want to get off your phone? Or are you literally dreading the thought of it and have run into an artist block? Don't overdo trying to do something great every day. Art takes times and there will be days where everything you are creating just seems to not look the way you want it to. If you are striving to become the next Picasso, then just remember that you will have to work hard at it. Remember that pushing yourself hard can also lead to burnout.