If you’re an artist you probably heard of the imposter syndrome before. If not: You most likely felt it and now finally finding a name for it. The imposter syndrome is the feeling of doing something you don’t feel eligible to do, because you think your art sucks, or are not as good as the others. A feeling you think you will get over as time goes on and your art improves. But let me tell you that the imposter syndrome is an illusion. An illusion haunting nearly every single artist, no matter their skill level.
Life to Legend is roughly 1,5 years old now. Started in February 2020, shortly before the Corona pandemic became a thing, was a lucky break for something that was initially just an impulsive thing. I was hoping the initiative, at the time called Wildlife and Creature design (WaCD) would take hold but didn’t count on it. With a bit of help from other groups and some very specific people, it did grow and kept doing so up to 1500 people. Now it’s time for some much-needed changes.
Artistry is a hobby, right? Yea, of course, you can’t be an artist when it isn’t a passion to start with. But if you’re in the process of making your hobby your work, there are some really important things to keep in mind. First and foremost this is taking care of yourself. In this article, I will discuss some fairly common problems artists have to deal with when their hobbies become more than just a hobby.
Starting your journey as an artist can be really frightening. There are many things you need to know, which can be really overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you need to know to get started? But also: What is irrelevant when you just get started? In many cases ‘less is more’. This counts for information too. Not saying though that you should have little knowledge, not at all. When it comes to knowledge: The more the better. But when you’re new in this field, many things will do nothing but overwhelm you and a lot of the information out there will be irrelevant up to a much later stage. So what is important when you’re new to (digital) art?
The planet we live on screams specialization. Every single organism you see is specialized, one more than the other, but they all found their niche and adjusted to it. In some cases, this means they have very remarkable features you rarely see in other species. In other cases, it meant the difference between life above the water surface and a completely barren planet. Let me take you on a stroll and show you some wonderful specializations on this planet.