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Why don't my drawings turn out how I picture them

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Why don’t my drawings come out how I picture them? They never do, and its so frustrating! I entered an art contest last month, and I had this beautiful picture in my head that it was gonna be. But, I wasn’t done in time, AND it looked nothing like the picture! I mean the trees were perfect,v but not the grass, the girl, or the background!! I don’t know. It just didn’t turn out good. Its so frustrating. I picture beautiful art, and I end up making a little kid version. A bad version. I don’t know. When I don’t picture anything its a bit better, but usually I picture what my art should look like before I draw it. Also, if my art had looked how I pictured it in the contest, and I was done in time, I would’ve won. I don’t know if I’m jealous or mad at myself, or if I’m crazy, or I just don’t know how to draw. I’ve been doing it since I was 10, im 12 now. My anatomy has gotten better because now I don’t draw shoulders right under the head. I still can’t draw hands that well, but they’re hard and I’m working on it.and I can’t draw people facing sideways. The biggest accomplishment in angles I’ve done is sitting down on a swing. Which is pretty big if you ask me, usually I don’t recognize my accomplishments but I’m starting to positive yknow? It might be hard though because of my mistakes, but (this is a big painter in my country, he died though ) as bob ross always said, mistakes are just happy accidents.sometimes I’ll mess up though, like mess up being positive and end up judging myself or getting upset.



Thank you so much for getting in touch with Askl Alex. It can be upsetting when things we have been working on or put effort into don’t turn out as we hoped or expected. 

It sounds like you have been working on your drawing for a while, and your regularly disappointed with yourself. Sometimes when we have been working and practicing on something so much we can put a lot of pressure on ourselves which means something we used to enjoy may become more stressful. Have you tried to just focus on drawing what you enjoy and let go of your expectations? Be kind to yourself and focus on the process. 

It might also help to speak to someone about how you are feeling, maybe an art teacher ? They can help guide the areas for you to work on and help your concentration. As it is coming to the summer break, it might also help to take some time off the actually drawing process. Focus on finding new inspiration for art after your break, going for walks in nature or listening to music. 

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