Ya know, I think I should do one of these in a while, mostly you often see me as a pretty unforgiving guy who isn't out to lend a hand but it's totally the opposite, what happens is that I'm pretty unforgiving when I lend a hand to people and they grab the whole arm.
Anyways back to what I wanted to see.
I saw some artists being demotivated and all, this is quite a common phase for the average artist and believe me, every one goes into these sorts of crashes at least once. I think I found some reasons as to why and I will suggest some things that may help them:
1.- The artist feels demotivated because he's FORCED to draw things he doesn't want.
This may not be common but some people really show a decrease on their interest and quality on their art because they are not doing it due to enjoyment. This usually happens on requests or having WAY TOO MANY requests on queue. My advice, either not take requests, or limit to them to at least one or two at a time. It's a good idea to have "request slots" in case you're being mass requested.
So people may know when you're busy.
Though I've seen some people get VERY pushy when it comes to their favorite artist not being able to draw what they want, and they may go in lengths to bitch about it, don't allow it; unless it's a commision nobody should force you to draw something when they want, unless that is, if you promise it to that day, so don't really do that, remember you don't work for a company, so it's your own pace.
2.- I'm not quite happy with my artstyle
With this one it's a little hard to discuss but I'll try my best, some people are quite not pleased with how they draw and it shows, but my only real advice I can say is try other things, how you may ask? Simple. Focus your inspiration in somewhere else, try watching a cartoon/anime/play a game/visual novel/etc. you haven't watched on a long time you loved a lot and you loved its style, take notes about elements you really like about it and try to mimic them, it may not work on first few attempts, but in the long run it will work. Also try to listen to music that really gets you moving while you draw, it may enhance the drawing atmosphere.
3.- This drawing software isn't very comfortable
Change drawing software in that case, when an artist doesn't feel comfortable with what he draws, difficulties will arise, despite if the artist actually has skill, there's MANY options to try out, feel free to try the best and if you find the best for yourself, stick with it. Don't use drawing software that doesn't allow you too much freedom! Because you'll feel claustrophobic and won't be able to draw the amazing things you drew before!
And finally, and not less important....
Be sure you actually WANT to draw, sometimes you just want to do something else, and not draw. Also draw what you like. That's all I can pretty much say!
Thanks for reading.
Listening to: Random Music