Hello, long time no see !
So, today I’m here to ask if you think artist should eb versatil to draw anything?
Let me explain. I find myself working harder to create male characters and tend to unlike the final results. That is why, I don’t draw them often. I also really struggle to draw backgrounds so I just don’t draw them anymore.
I’ve heard many people saying that as an artist, we should be versatil to draw many different things because it implies s lack of diversity. I’m aware that it can cause this, but I think there are things that are harder for people to draw. I kind of take it personal since I mostly draw women. (I really try to explore my capacity, but I have really restrictive limits.)
I say no, because I think every artist specializes in at least one particular thing. I excel more at drawing females. I can also draw males, and I can do simple backgrounds. I absolutely cannot do animals, they always look like poop , and trying to photoshop backgrounds turn into a fail 95% of the time. So to an extent, I’m rather versatile. But the great thing about art is doing what you love, and being appreciated for what you CAN do, since everyone has different strengths and weaknesses
Nah, as an artists, you don’t. That’s like saying everyone in a certain industry has to be versatile and specials in every single thing. You just work on perfecting what you’re already specialised in and if you’d like to branch out, you should totally do it!
But don’t worry about thinking that you HAVE to. I believe in improving what you’re already good at (every artists have room to improve, no matter how good you are!).
Personally, I’m better at landscape drawings (digitally) and better at portraits and actual people drawings in terms of traditional. Everyone is good at something, just focus on that and if you’d like to try different things, go ahead and do it
if you are capable of drawing something that differs from what you usually make, then you can try it and improve! if that’s what you want, of course.
no one should feel pressured to change up what they do, only accept constructive criticism and grow from there.
(i personally can only draw cartoony looking characters. not even somewhat realistic anime, because i stuck at making people. sometimes, animals look good when I draw them. but i’m not interested in doing anything else, just improve on what is comfortable for me🥰)
Many artists have their hard limits on the content they produce, and you shouldn’t feel obligated to do something you aren’t skilled at/art comfortable with drawing. Draw what you’re comfortable with, and the right clients will follow!