When we start a new piece of work there can be a real struggle. On most occasions artwork can go through what I call the ugly period. But the ugly period is nothing to be scared of. It’s just the most challenging part in making your artwork work. This is where the real artist within you takes up the challenge. There is nothing to be scared of and it doesn’t mean you have failed. It means you have to dig deep for answers and when you achieve what is acceptable in your mind and sight, you are worthy of a great pat on the back. There is no greater challenge in art.
These problems arise in any style from artwork being composed/painted in an abstract fashion or in a realistic style; there is on most occasions a struggle. Drawing or painting a likeness or trying to get a nude in the right proportions. Magic does happen sometimes but on most occasions it just doesn’t. Sometimes we have to fight to make our artwork work.
Be ready for the ugly period of any work. Don’t give in. If you are ready to throw in the towel, ask a more experienced artist who paints or draws in the same style. It may well be a simple answer.
Tactics you can use:
Turn artwork upside down
Go away and then come back with fresh eyes and analyse from a distance
Hold your artwork in the mirror.
Just remember to always look at your work from a distance. Even the best of us sometimes “can’t see the forest for the trees!”