Artist Problems

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Artist Problems

Marie Ishida and Cynthia Shi

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By Marie Ishida and Cynthia Shi


Many people enjoy drawing, whether it is doodles on paper or landscapes painted on a canvas. However, when drawing, people often faces issues while drawing different pieces of art. Here we have listed some of the most common issues artists have while drawing.


  1. Low Self Esteem – Artists often become depressed over other’s artwork. When they look at someone draw an amazing piece of art, artists compare themselves and their artwork with the other person. This leads to artists telling them self that they are not good enough to be a professional artist, even if they are already one. They wish to be a person who can “do good art”. However, most cases the artist themself is a person who can draw well, but they do not accept the fact that they have potential. If this is an issue, listen to other’s opinions on your pieces of art and try to become more self confident. Unless they say that your art sucks. If this is the case, just ignore them and continue drawing. Practice will help you improve, after all.

  • Art Block – An art block is when an artist cannot bring them self to create new pieces of art or does not find the motivation to draw. This can happen to traditional artists (artists who draw on paper or canvas) and digital artists (artists who draw on a computer or on a tablet) alike. People often solve this through taking a break from drawing altogether. By doing something different, artists usually find inspiration for art once more.

  • Having Way Too High Expectations for Yourself – Many artists tend to believe that they can draw professional art despite not having done so before. They compare them self with famous and talented artists such as Bob Ross, Monet, and Van Gogh and complain about how they cannot draw the same way they can. They often visualize so much detail to the point where it’s almost impossible for the artist to draw. Many people give up drawing in general because of this problem. However, by telling yourself that you just need more practice, you can lower your expectations a little and get back into drawing.

  • Being Unable to Afford Art Materials – Artists also often struggle to buy good art supplies. Moneywise, there really isn’t anything to advise, except to just to save up and use your money wisely. However, many artists forget that it is still possible to draw with cheap art materials almost the same way as expensive art materials. On top of this, drawing with a normal 2B pencil on a blank sheet of paper is still an option after all. As long as you don’t overestimate yourself, drawing without expensive art materials still work as well.

  • Not Enough Time (Time Management Issues) – Artists often feel inspired to make great art pieces, but are unable to complete them because they simply can’t find the time to do them. Their schedule may fill up their time in the morning, and may become too tired to start an art piece at the end of the day. The solution is to make yourself a proper time schedule, and to give yourself a designated time to work on art.

  • No Room to do Art – Some artists prefer working on larger or messier pieces of art, such as big murals or pieces involving splatter paint. However, they do not have an art studio, or a large space to do their work. A simple solution is to work on a canvas in a public park or space, with a tarp to place under it. For example, if you would like to splatter paint, and can go to Leo J. Ryan Park, or outside of the library.

  • Ripping Paper with Erasers – When drawing of paper, people often make mistakes. People resort to using erasers to do this; however, sometimes, when the drawer exerts too much force into rubbing the eraser on the paper, it rips a hole into the paper. Other times, this happens without even using too much force. This mainly happens because the eraser simply isn’t very good. A simple solution is to use less force when erasing things; it’s better to take your time erasing than ripping a hole in the piece of paper. If this method does not work, you can simply get another eraser. Sometimes, however, the eraser just rips the paper for no particular reason; you just simply got unlucky. Luckily, this doesn’t happen too often, so you don’t have to worry about it occuring.

  • Afraid to Waste Good Materials – When artists buy art materials, they sometimes buy very expensive and good materials. When the time comes to use them, artists are afraid of damaging or wasting the product, therefore causing them to resort on old or less expensive materials. Sometimes, less expensive or older materials may result in lower quality pieces. In the end, all the old and inexpensive products are used up, while the brand new and good materials remain untouched and forgotten about. The solution is simply to use the newer and better materials; all materials bought by you art meant to be used. Don’t be afraid to use them, as there are countless opportunities that may be awaiting you in those untouched products.

  • Having a Doodle Look Better Than an Official Drawing – Artists often doodle on pieces on paper without intending to finalize the drawing. However, there are many cases where the artist’s doodle looks much better than a drawing in which they actually put effort in. Since artists doodle on paper very often as well, which makes this issue very relatable for most people. Some artists doodle and finalize a doodle if it looks good. Others sometimes redraw a quick doodle they did in the past and add more detail to it to make the drawing look more official.

  • Color Issues- Often times, when an artist is trying to repaint or color an area, they simply cannot find or recreate the same color. Especially with mixing colors, the result is always a shade off the original, whether it’s from mixing paint or colored pencils. There really isn’t any solution to this problem, except to try to finish an area when the paint is still there, so that you can avoid the problem of remaking the color in the first place. You can also list down the ratio of the colors you used, so that you can reuse them again. However, this method is not as effective, as sometimes color amounts are used at random.

Even if these issues often occur for you, you should not give up your passion for art. If you have the right motivation, you can overcome all of these problems. Even if you discover more issues, solutions can be easily found if you are very passionate for your art. Hopefully this helped you regain confidence, and gets you back into drawing.