To be perfectly honest, sketching can be pretty hard. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to create, but sometimes trying to draw out even the simplest of things can feel like a tedious task that you would rather just abandon and have the memories of it shoved into the furthest recesses of your mind where you will never have to think about it ever again. Trust me when I say that everyone has been there, even your absolute favourite online artists whose style you worship and look up to; they only post stuff that they like, and they wouldn’t post anything they weren’t proud of, unless they were trying to make a point of how not everything can be perfect by saying, “Hey guys, look at this sketch of half a face I tried making through a coffee induced sleepless night that I absolutely despise but I’m going to post it anyway because even I have crap days when I can’t draw because my hands are shaking so bad from caffeine withdrawals and sleep-deprivation, so you’d better not give up on your dreams of being good at art!”. Basically, what I’m trying to say through incredibly long run-on sentences, is that even if you think that you suck at art, you should never stop making it.
Everyone has their own reasons for drawing, or not drawing, or being in whatever drawing/not-drawing limbo you’ve somehow gotten yourself into. Even if you think that sketch of half a face that you made at 3 AM is sucky and worthless, you should try keeping it and adding on to it on another day when you feel better about your skill level. I mean, sure, maybe that’s the art hoarder part of me talking, but even if you never finish that old sketch, it’s still a good way of measuring how much your skills have improved over the years. I still sometimes look at old sketchbooks I filled when I was tween and, yes, I cringe at most of the drawings that I used to think were super amazing awesome at the time that I now believe to be utter and complete garbage, but I can indeed say that when I look between those old drawings and my newer work, there is definitely a vast amount of improvement. Wow, look at that, yet another run on sentence. Sue me, grammar Nazi’s (actually don’t, I’m low-key broke).
Anyway, back to the whole thing I said about keeping old sketches. There’s a whole bunch of random things that you can do with them, including but not limited to:
-Finishing it later when you have more inspiration. Seriously, it sounds cheesy but I actually just did it with this old sketch of a girl that I never finished. Her head was kind of just floating there on the paper, then I listened to a few Welcome To Night Vale podcasts, and BOOM now she has weird tentacle hair and a bunch of eyeballs protruding out all over her body. It’s not finished yet, but it’s turning out pretty cool so far.
-Use it to measure your skill level. I think I explained this pretty well a few paragraphs back, but if you can’t remember and/or don’t feel like looking back up, just remember to keep your old drawings and as the years go by, looking at them every now and then, before thanking the spiritual or religious beings that you may or may not believe in because your ability to create art will be better after years of practice.
-I really only have those two reasons, but I’m sure there are probably more. Maybe you could cut them up and put them in a collage? Add some glitter? Fold them up and build a small house? It’s up to you, really.
So, long story short, everyone has bad art days, and everyone has good art days. Everyone has different skill levels and styles, and everyone has to start somewhere. Even da Vinci had to start somewhere; if you hopped in a time machine and went back to the year 1455 when good old Leo was 3 years old and handed him a pencil, it’s not like he would magically sprout out the Mona Lisa. My best guess would be that he might create some sort of formless blob, since he would be only 3 years old, but I would never know that for sure, considering the fact that he’s been dead for nearly 500 years and I don’t have access to a time machine.
Anyways, keep drawing. Take inspiration from anything, even if you think that people might think it’s dumb. Who cares about people who think stuff is dumb, they’re boring and rude. If you want to draw some fan art from a kids cartoon, then let nothing hold you back. You want to draw a Muslim girl doing a triple backflip and kicking a racist in the face? Hell yeah! Do it! You got this! You want to make a massive oil painting inspired by some fanfiction you read online? Go right ahead, I’m like, a solid 95% sure the author of that fanfiction would be absolutely amazed and ecstatic. Take as much inspiration as you can shove into the metaphorical backpack of your soul, and run away with it before the haters catch you. You don’t even have to listen to my advice, because I’m just a weird and kind of lonely person voicing my opinions about sketching and sharing my art into the endless void of the internet, but whatever it is you choose to do (as long as it’s not harming anyone or anything rude like that) then I wish you good luck! You guys totally got this!