4 Struggles of a Self-Proclaimed Artist

4 Struggles of a Self-Proclaimed Artist

Four Issues Artists Must Often Deal With

As a person who has spent years attempting to improve their drawing skills, I believe that I’ve struggled enough to be granted the privilege to refer to myself as an “artist”, therefore also qualifying me as one who is capable of discussing some of the struggles often faced by artists. Alright, so now that I have established ethos, I’ll proceed to mention that being an artist isn’t exactly similar to leading “la vie en rose”. Actually, the creative process involves a great amount of struggles and a fair share of desperate sobbing- that often lead the artist to the brink of desperation. Not to mention, the various external factors that further pressure the artist into the point of madness.

One of the worst struggles an artist must overcome is that of self-doubting their skills. It does not matter how great an artist they may be; they will always be able to name someone who’s more talented- whose works are simply better. Personally, I find it to be the case that even when one’s paid a compliment it’s difficult to just accept it as is. It’s as if one’s compelled to be skeptical of flattering comments. This inability to recognize one’s own skills can prove to be a problem, which may threaten an artist’s motivation to carry on with their work.

Another very tiresome struggle artists must deal with, on a nearly daily basis, is the need to dodge requests for portraits. I draw recreationally, therefore meaning that I make no financial profit off of my creations. Hence, making such requests particularly irksome to me. When simply put, there are specific things I am interested in depicting in my drawings, and unfortunately I am not interested in drawing everyone I meet. However, people do not seem to understand what this means and they continuously ask for portraits of themselves, prompting me to usually reply saying:

Artists must also deal with the remarkably annoying struggle to accept that their work will not always turn out exactly as they had envisioned it in their heads. At times, one imagines a magnificent scenery, with ornate qualities- yet- the only thing that is delivered on paper is an odd combination of colors that doesn't fit one’s personal aesthetics. This can be extremely vexing, trust me, I know the feeling. I often have the urge to rip a drawing to pieces whenever I attempt to draw a hand and, instead, end up with a strange looking comb depicted on the paper.

And here we have real footage of me destroying the works that end up not matching my expectations:

Frankly, though, the issue I find the most troublesome is the struggle to control oneself when in an art supply store. Alright, it may just be me- but- I believe it’s basically impossible for one to enter a craft store and return home empty-handed. I mean, seriously, who can look at all those beautiful goodies and not wish to acquire them? Realistically, though, I should probably remind myself that I am merely an impoverished university student, who does not possess the means to buy dozens of sketchbooks that I will probably never use. But, a girl can dream! I just hope there will come a day when I can enter an art supply store and just tell myself to:

In any case, I am quite sure that there are dozens of other struggles artists must deal with- but- all I can advise you to do is to stay strong and carry on!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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