Post by Splashstorm01 on Mar 17, 2019 11:50:12 GMT -5
I showed some of my paintings and drawings to show a visiting family member who is an artist. I wanted to show a couple of sketchbook pages, but I'm really upset because some of my family ended up looking through some whole sketchbooks, and I really didn't want to show most of the things in them. I normally don't let people look at my pictures at all; it was difficult for me to show some of my best work, and I just feel really horrible that now people have seen stuff that I wanted to keep private and personal, as well as substandard and rough work. I didn't feel able to say anything about it and now I wish I hadn't shown any of it at all, even though people were complimentary. I feel as if someone's looked at my diary and it's horrible. I hope everyone forgets about all of it as soon as possible.
Post by L.A.opardbreath Noire on Mar 17, 2019 12:25:58 GMT -5
That's awful. People should learn to ask permission before rummaging through such things.
But it seems like they viewed the sketches rather positively. And the casual onlooker can't normally tell the difference between an artist's best work and their roughest pieces. They don't have the experience or knowledge to analyze it as another artist would.
Post by Splashstorm01 on Mar 17, 2019 12:46:10 GMT -5
Honestly to me it doesn't matter whether they liked them or not. It just feels wrong that they were seen at all. It feels as if they don't belong to me any more now someone else has looked at them. (One of them is an artist who actually sells stuff, which makes it worse.)
I just feel as if I'm getting more and more withdrawn as I get older, to the point that I don't want anyone to see anything I do - art or otherwise - and I feel uncomfortable going beyond small talk with people. I don't really leave the house except to go to classes or to visit my grandparents, and everything seems noisy some days.
Post by nefelibata on Mar 17, 2019 17:08:36 GMT -5
I'm sorry you experienced that, you just described my worst nightmare. A lot of my art is personal, and I like to choose which pieces I show to people. I used to not share it with anybody at all, but I miss getting feedback. It's taken some effort, but I'm learning to be more open with my art so I can get more recognition and/or constructive criticism. Plus, it just feels nice to get compliments. But I would absolutely die of embarrassment if somebody went through my sketchbook like that! I hope this doesn't discourage you from continuing to do art ):
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