Newcomers to digital art might have concerns about posting their first renders to a gallery. They’re expecting encouragement but might receive criticism instead from more experienced artists. Another fear of starting out is not accepting your own style of art as being valid and good enough to be appreciated. Kurt Richards, one of our digital artists interviewed in issue#5 noted this fear himself :-
“My problem early on was trying to be as good as the masters such as Hobbit and Rochr over at Renderosity. It became an obsession. It wasn’t about creating art, it was about how many comments I could get on the Renderosity website. I always judged my work as being inferior and so I tortured myself mentally for quite a long time. We are our own worst enemies”
I asked Kurt of he had any thoughts about overcoming this particular fear:-
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“Of course people new to digital art will want to have places they can go to feel supported as opposed to being criticized. What newcomers need to be aware of though is that other artists will critique the newcomers work and the newcomer needs to be aware that those critiques are presented in the spirit of support, not as a statement of doing something wrong.