thank you!! hopefully this old post of mine will help you with the art block problem: http://barachan.tumblr.com/post/21308546621/ive-been-letting-things-that-i-want-to-ask-you-about
as for talking to other artists, the #1 thing is to just remember that they’re human beings sorry to dismissively link you to other things ahhh but there was actually a perfect article i found about this a while ago, it lists everything better than i can: http://phantom42.tumblr.com/post/78476412132/so-youve-decided-to-talk-to-an-artist
the only thing i would add is that most artists are ok with nice compliments and art chat, but they get that sort of thing all day long, often with strings attached. it’s even nicer when someone realizes they’re a human with possible hobbies and interests outside of art, so if you notice that an artist you follow shares a similar non-art interest as yourself (dogs, a band, a video game genre, pizza, etc,) feel free to mention it and see if it sparks more of a convo
-You don’t get better at drawing by avoiding drawing until you are better at drawing.
- You don’t have to make a new masterpiece every day it’s okay if all you drew is a doodle of a bug. You are now +1 bug doodle better at doodling bugs.
- Also it’s okay if the thing you drew didn’t turn out very good. Everything you draw makes you one step closer to being able to draw good. You are still +1 step better at drawing whatever you drew no take backsies.
- You are the only person who knows if your art didn’t turn out as good as you wanted it to. You are the only person who can see the things in your art that weren’t what you imagined in your head. No one else will know unless you tell them.
- Comparing yourself to other artists just isn’t fair. You get to see all of your art, the best stuff and the worst stuff. You usually only get to see the best stuff other artists make. You don’t get to see that half drawn badly propotioned face they drew at 2 am and immediately scrapped. So don’t compare your badly drawn 2 am face to their best work.
- Just keep making art. The only way you can really fail is if you give up.
All this applies to writing and other arts too :)