Discourage an artist… and you get absolutely nothing in return, ever.
A comic on Gavin Aung Than’s popular webcomic site called Zen Pencils really caught my eye, and it’s called ‘It costs nothing to Encourage An Artist’, which I find to be very true. The message relayed with this fantastic piece of work really resonates with me, being an artist as well. Many times in my life I have been praised and encouraged with my art, and I find that it only makes my passion for it grow stronger. People who really put their heart into things are absolutely crushed when someone doesn’t react the way they wish for them to, and I know that all too well. Two weeks of work on a project only to get an ‘Okay’ when asked if it looks good can really put a damper on one’s spirits.
If you encourage an Artist to do their best each time, their skills will only grow and their love for their work will only grow. Not only does this apply to artists, but musicians and glassblowers and anyone else that truly loves their craft. Do not discourage anyone from doing something they’re really passionate about, because you will get nothing in return for putting their dreams down. When you discourage someone, you take away their passion and they begin questioning everything they’ve ever done. Most often, people express themselves through their medium and when they show their work to you, it’s a sign of deep trust.
They trust you not to hurt them, but there’s always that risk that someone will toss their work to the side and tell them to do something better. Artists take that chance each time they risk showing their work, but they’re proud of what they’ve done and want to share with you. Please keep that in mind the next time someone shows you something they’ve worked hard on. Even if you don’t care, you should encourage them to do their best.
Zen Pencils Comic: It Costs nothing to Encourage An Artist