Artist’s Depression: A Helpful Guide

Artist’s Depression: A Helpful Guide

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[Sound of the sea] [Soft Intro Music] [Sound of the sea] Today’s artwork was made in
the new Adobe Fresco app. Today’s video
was brought to you in part by skillshare.com Skillshare is an online learning platform dedicated to helping you learn a new skill. They’ve got more than classes in art, cooking, business and so much more. This fall season, Adobe and Skillshare partnered up to create some very informative classes on the new illustration app from Adobe, Fresco. Fresco is an app for every artist even those who traditionally work with paint and paper like me. It’s got tons of unique features to choose from, including some
absolutely wild live rushes that almost identically mimic the real-time flow of paints like watercolor and oil. You can
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lettering in florals with Adobe Fresco. Now, even though fresco is pretty user friendly, I wanted some more insight
on how to get the most out of the application. My number one most taken classes on Skillshare are always about lettering in floral. So what I saw lettering florals an Adobe Fresco, I jumped right on board. Dylan’s language was clear and concise and really helped me understand a lot more about Adobe Fresco when it comes to art that I like to make. You’ll see later in the video how
I tried to emulate this style a little bit while I created my piece in this video. Overall, this was a really great
introduction to not only Adobe Fresco, but also lettering and florals. Make sure to click the link in the description for two months of Skillshare premium for free just to try it. So why don’t you learn something
new today with Skillshare? [Music] There’s something to be said about a creator who is able to navigate their way through darkness. Who is able to stand tall in the face of adversity and use it to create dynamic works of art. Society seems to worship
the idea of the broken artist who, without great conflict, would not be able to create great things. But what about those of
us who have faced great conflict, only to find it dampens our
ability to make anything at all. Like we’re the only artists who
cannot make a delightfully melancholy piece, while living a not so delightfully melancholy existence. “Take your anguish and turn it into art.” People say, without realizing that if you could do that, you would have done it many times over. You feel isolated, like a chunk of ice that’s been broken from a glacier floating farther and farther away. Things that were familiar and comforting
seemed distant, empty, pointless. Like all the color has been drained. If this sounds at all familiar to you,
then this video may be of some help to you. Now I want to add a disclaimer,
that I am NOT a mental health professional. Just someone who’s experienced depression and the very frustrating inability
to create will caught in its downward pull. This
doesn’t mean my advice is a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. I’m just trying to take some of what has
helped me in the past and pay it forward. Hoping
that it strikes a chord with someone else out there. I’m just trying to tread lightly here because in all likelihood, my journey with depression is very different from your journey with depression. So if this video doesn’t help you in any way, I’ve made sure to post some additional
resources in the description down below. Please know that this video in no way should be a replacement for seeking out legitimate professional help. It should only stand as an encouragement
to have faith in yourself in times of strife. That being said, the very first
thing I want you to acknowledge, is that it’s completely acceptable
for you to feel un-creative at this time. A common symptom of depression is
feeling detached or uninterested in activities that you used to regularly enjoy. So my first piece of advice is that if
you are not interested in creating art and feel like you need to take a step back, that is absolutely within your right to do so. If part of your healing journey is to turn your
focus back on yourself, to work inward first, then you shouldn’t feel guilt for doing that. You may experience bouts of
guilt throughout your journey. Depression has a funny way of making you feel
guilty for things you have no control over. When this happens,
try to relegate the guilt to just a symptom. It doesn’t control your life. You are not your guilt. Your guilt is a separate entity
that’s just here to mess with you. it’s like a little annoying goblin that wants you to feel bad. Depression has many lackeys and minions
that it sends out to pester you, to hurt you, but they are not a part of you. They are only a part of what
you’re going through at this moment. My next piece of advice, if you are in a place
where you’d like to start creating again, is to have a sketchbook/journal that is only for you. It can be more a journal than a sketchbook or it can be a sketchbook that has the occasional emotional blurb. It’s whatever you make it. Most importantly
try not to focus on making this book perfect. It isn’t to share, it’s to help you work
through your depression day by day. It’s not a sketchbook that you’ll
lovingly flip through when you’re older, It’s one that you might use as a tool if
depression ever rears its ugly head again. This perfectly leads me into my third piece of advice, which is to draw what feels right that day,
not what you think you should be drawing. Now, if creating art is your work and
you cannot afford to take the time off, I’m not saying to blow off your work. I’m talking about the notion that for some reason you should always be practicing strictly for improvement. While working in this private sketchbook, you’re not necessarily trying to improve your art skills, though you may find it does that anyway. In this book you’re creating what feels most natural. To ease you back into a place where you can
work on anatomy or structure or what-have-you. You want to start from a place of comfort. A place without pressure. One day you might feel most
comfortable drawing lines and spirals, where the next day you feel like drawing
something more detailed or dynamic. My point is to let your mind be completely free. Don’t worry about a theme to this book. Don’t worry about practice. You’re in a fragile state and
creating anything is being proactive. It’s taking a step in the right direction. Even
if one day all you feel like making is a single solitary line, If that feels right, if that’s what you
can do, do it, even if it seems silly, do it. You are working out something within yourself. Every forward action,
even something small, is progress. Don’t forget that. Something else you might find helpful is to write down what you were feeling when you made a certain sketch. It doesn’t have to be this long in-depth paragraph if you don’t want it to be. It can just be a few descriptive words. Doing this may help you understand more about
your depression as you move forward, what you tend to create in certain high or low points. You may be someone who, on good days,
draw something a little more simple. Something less involved as to not get bogged down,
or you may be the opposite. If you see a simple drawing in your book,
it may be symptomatic of a really dark day, where you
didn’t want to bother with your sketchbook too much. Keeping track of your highs and lows is a really important way to understand more about your specific depression. Your depressions “flavor” if you will, because depression doesn’t present exactly the same in everyone. This brings me to my next tip, which is very optional but I find it brings a little bit of lightheartedness back into this whole journey. Try drawing what your depression looks like. That may change from week to week, day to day. You may choose to update your depression
every now and again, but just give it a shot. Imagine it like a page in
a wreck my journal style of book. Feel free to be silly. Feel free to be emotional. Feel free to add word bubbles and bad
language and scribbles and gestures. Use this page as a reminder that
you are not your depression. Remember your depression and all it’s minions like guilt, shame, anger, Dancer Prancer, Rachel, Monica, Ross, they are a part of what you’re going through, they are not you. Moving forward, if you ever have days
where you simply don’t know what to draw, I recommend my tried-and-true
suggestion, which is draw from life. Even
if it ends up being stylized and not realistic, who cares? You’ve made something. Remember, we aren’t in
competitions with ourselves here. We aren’t running any races. We are here to nurture the thing that means a lot to us, our ability to create and if that means you go on a random image
generator and it pulls up a picture of a rock, draw that rock with all your heart. Add a face to it, add a little Fairy shaving her legs on the top of it, leave it plain. It doesn’t matter, you’re making strides in the right direction. Now here’s another more lighthearted piece of advice. Decorate the living hell out of your sketchbook. Have fun with hot glue or googly eyes or embossing powder, go crazy. Yes. The sketchbook is just for you. And yes, I’d understand if you’d like to
make it more understated but if it suits you, bust out that glitter glue, sis. Even if you just want to add something
simple yet defining go ahead and do that. Personalize the outside so it can feel
even more personal on the inside. And my final piece of advice is this, If you have days where you’re feeling less creative
than days prior, don’t see that as regression. That is a necessary part of being an artist in general
but it’s a very normal part of depression. Use those days as reflection days, to look back, to admire, to be impressed with the strides you’ve made. Don’t
let those days beat you up and destroy your self-worth. Look at all the progress you’ve made and
use that progress to build upon your future. Thank you guys so much for watching this video and thank you very much to Skillshare
for sponsoring what I feel is an important video. This video may not reach as many people as I would
like it to, thanks to the YouTube algorithm. So if you know someone who would benefit
in any way from watching this video, I would really appreciate it if you’d share it with them. I really do think this advice is solid and I worked really hard to make this script digestible for everyone. So if this has helped you in any way, Please let me know how in the comments down below. Not all these ideas are my own original thoughts. They are things I have heard over the years
from different people, different artists. This really is just a compilation of things that have strengthened me in times of hardship. Speaking of which, I’m going through a few
things right now that I’m unable to speak on. I will be able to speak on those things relatively soon,
but please continue to be patient with me. I just don’t have a lot of time right now,
and I’m trying to deal with prior obligations. So if the channel is a little wonky, that’s why. Luckily this wonkiness is all time sensitive. So after a few weeks, things should return to normal. In the meantime, there just might be a
little bit of a longer stretch between videos. Nothing about the channel itself is
changing. I’m still doing talking funny videos. I just think YouTube is being a butt butt right now and going forward, I bet you anything, they will only notify you guys when I do a
non-speaking brushstrokes episode. I’m actually really curious about that. So let me know if that’s the only
thing you’re getting notified for, as I’m going to make more brush strokes episodes going forward but just as an addition to my regular content. Anyway, thank you guys so much for your kindness,
your thoughts, your patience. If you’re curious about updates, I do
update on Twitter pretty regularly. I also post Da Babes pics.
So it’s just a… Just a good place to be overall. Not only that but the best way to get in touch
with me or have your questions answered, is to either comment on a recent YouTube video or to @ me on Twitter I don’t check the DMS on Twitter just because there’s a lot of negativity
and I don’t want to invite that into my life. But I will sit there and answer @s all day happily. But anyway real quick guys. I used the new Adobe Fresco app to create the image for this video and I actually really liked using it. There are some mechanics in procreate that I prefer, like being able to create a perfect circle or line But I just found out that they are going
to integrate that into Fresco soon. So that’s really exciting. But there are some really unique brushes
that come with Fresco like these live brushes, I cannot wait until they release more of
these because I am absolutely living for them. I feel like watercolor is the most difficult
medium to recreate in the digital format and I feel like this live watercolor
brush has just absolutely nailed it. I cannot wait to see what else they’re going
to release under this live brush section. It’s just another really good iPad drawing app which I actually think we need more of. Being able to leech some goodness from different apps, has been the way of digital art since
the beginning of digital art itself. that variety is important, the same way it’s important to play with different mediums when working traditionally. Anyway guys, thank you so much for watching and don’t forget to stay out of trouble. See you guys later. [Outro music]

100 thoughts on “Artist’s Depression: A Helpful Guide”

  1. DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE RESOURCES:
    Find Resources in your area: https://nndc.org/resource-links/
    Find a counselor in your area: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists
    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    INTERNATIONAL Suicide Hotlines: https://ibpf.org/resource/list-international-suicide-hotlines

    PLEASE NOTE I’ve taken on extra sponsorships lately, with companies I TRUST, because my son and myself have had some medical issues these last few months/weeks and have needed that extra income to pay off the bills that came along with those issues. Please understand I’m not trying to exploit people with depression. I AM a person who struggles with depression and this video, the script in particular, was in the works long before it had a sponsor. In fact, this video wasn’t even supposed to have a sponsor in the first place, but due to a shift in my video schedule because of said medical issues, I had to put the ad on this video instead of the one it was originally intended for. I realize it’s a bit tone deaf and I promise it won’t happen again.

    Anyway, I feel like the struggles I’ve had the last few months may have subconsciously inspired the script. I’ve felt very uncreative and not incredibly functional. I’m just very distracted at that moment and I apologize for that.

  2. Wow this realy helped me realise what happend a few years back and this might be the way how i can get out of my creative block:). The fun thing is normal drawigs are realy hard for me right now but drawing jewelry idea's i have i can do those. But those are simple sketches that aren't always drawn very well:p. But i hope that soon i can drawn something else that dousn't involve jewelry:p

  3. You nailed this video perfectly. I've recently been going through another bout of depression lately and the privaye sketchbook idea is such a great idea. Also i didnt know that guilt was just a side effect of depression i thought it was ME..like a part of me.. I'm going to remember that the next time i have an episode of depression.. Because those little minions love to guilt trip me.. Thank you so much for this video.. You dont know how much it helped.. I subscribed. Beautiful artwork btw.

  4. I personally found the whole 'don't break the chain' thing really useful, even if all I draw is a little stick-man or some squiggles, I found it helps give my days a tiny bit of structure and responsibility in times in my life where it's about as much responsibility as I could handle. Won't work for everyone, but it did for me 🙂

  5. This was a good video, I am glad that I managed to get around to watching it today. I'm also glad that I'm not the only one that gets frustrated with the broken artist being so revered. I like your art journal idea, I'll have to consider one for that purpose. What I've done is when depression sticks a block in my creative expression is to switch to another outlet type ("Mom, why are you suddenly crocheting that selkie mask you've been meaning to do for months?" a recent example). I used the repetitiveness of the stitch pattern to work on "stitching" myself back together enough to function. It might not work for everyone but it was a desperate matter.

  6. Why is it that art videos always comes at such a good time for me? When I'm looking for a way to build my portfolio, or overcome an artblock. But I think this is way more important than any of those. I've always had a hard time to express myself with words. And when I'm depressed, I don't want to draw, or do anything. I really want to try the vent-sketchbook idea though.

  7. You said everything I needed to hear. I've been having trouble with my drawing for years now, and let it slip to quite some extent, which means I lost a lot of my skill. I've been trying to engage in new mediums and challenges in a desperate attempt to find something that excites me about my art, again, only to be disappointed and frustrated with myself. I made a deviantart-account to help with that, but that didn't work, either. But, you're right. The little I do is enough. Sketching out an idea is so much fun at the moment while the drawing-drawing gives me nightmares, so why not wait until I can do it? If what I lack is blocking me so much, why not put that aside for now and concentrate on what I used to love about drawing? That's much more gentle, and in times like this, being gentle with yourself is crucial to get through, right?

  8. I found this to be really helpful, especially the part about the journal sketchbook. I hope all is well with you, I recently found your page and I love your commentary.

  9. Thank you for posting this video. It really makes me feel better knowing that it's okay if I don't always feel artistic or like spending hours in my sketchbook.

  10. Thank you Emily for always being able to turn the ugly into something beautiful. This topic is very relevant to me, I'm feeling more motivated to atleast try to create again. ❤

  11. My mom knows I'm depressed.
    Still not a single word about caring.
    I think shes been lying to me for 12 years of her loving me. My dad doesnt, maybe he would, but he'd just make me guilty :/ I need help, I'm suicidal but I cant do that, andddd yeah. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be more deppressed when im done with seventh grade since I'll leave my friends and im pretty anti social. Yeah im sure that's gonna happen :/ well bye.

  12. Its starting to push me even further into my depression hole…I’ve stopped drawing for 4yrs because of depression, this “break” is going on for to long and I’d like more than anything in the world to have that burning passion, energy, & motivation for art again. I’m just not there yet….but i’m close especially after seeing this video. I appreciate this so much, I’ve been subscribed to you for a long time but haven’t been watching since I quit art. So to run into this video & other art talks of yours felt comforting.

  13. This video was really helpful. I deal with depression and it can effect my art and creativity. I will try some of the things you said next time I get like that. Thank you ?

  14. I’m a junior in high school and I just had to move across the country without my parents or any of my family. I feel like my art has been completely neglected lately. I haven’t felt the same inspiration here as I did in Texas when I had friends and family. Any ideas?

  15. During my dark days, i cant draw anything because i feel too empty and numb. But i liked to hold my pencil and draw straight lines or weird fuzzy lines or write words. I used to think im useless because im not like those 'depressed' artists who draw beautiful sketches. You made me feel great about myself. Thank you ?

  16. These tips really do help. I've struggled with depression my whole life and really bad after having my little ones and my art is one of the first things I lose interest in. Even coloring in a coloring book helps sometimes and I know I should do something creative every day but some days even that's hard. It does make me feel better knowing others have the same feelings. Thanks for what you do.

  17. It took me a long time to realize that the reason i couldn't bring myself to draw anymore was because of depression, not because I had some long-winded art block. I would like nothing more than to be able to draw as often as I used to. Anytime I do commit to drawing it feels so relaxing and gives me the comfort i've wanted, idk how to describe it but it feels like im finally doing something that feels like me. I just get scared because it's been years since it came easy to me, and now art isn't as natural, and I feel like any talent I had has not kept up with me. I really miss it

  18. im so glad i decided to check your channel because i needed this i felt so personally pressured to make good art based on how i feel but i could never even know what there is its so relieving being told that it can be just a line or a scribble if thats how you feel

  19. Thank you for this. I'm actually trying to use painting(watercolor) to help pull me out of this depression hole I've been in for the past two years. I just started about 2 weeks ago & the feeling I get when I complete even just a background that I like is so friggin sweet lol but it gives me this feeling of proudness in myself that I don't even remember when I felt last. but anyways the fact that the idea and/or desire to make your own video, on this topic, for other people, popped up into your head is awesome & will definitely be subbing and ?????

  20. I’m not depressed, it’s just I’m in this small sadness for only two weeks. Drawing, used to make me happy when I had ideas flowing in, but they’ve stopped because I’ve been overthinking about other things.
    I don’t know how to stop, and it places me in a state of sadness for a little and then it leaves.

    This video helps me realize that I don’t need to overthink, but just trust the process In which I am placed in..:) your videos help a lot Emily, and I’m super glad to have discovered your channel!
    It brings me motivation. Thank you thank you and thank you!!

  21. Hello my name is kiki i am a up coming artist (or so i like to say lol) i wanted a professional artist to give critique on my artwork and previous artwork i would like to improve i know i sound like one those artist that say "oh im a upcoming artist check out my work" ill doubt you'll see this message but you are a inspiration to me to keep going on my work

  22. Thank you Emily, this helped me so much . I couldn't draw at all for a period but your video helped me to start picking up the pen again and accept my bad art as part of the process

  23. I have definitely benefited from this video. Due to life events I don't feel creative or inspired. I love the journal idea and I'm glad I'm not the only one!

  24. My friend showed me this I already do most of these stuff I really REALLY want my depression to leave me alone

  25. I wish this video came out a few months ago.
    But I hope it can help out someone else.

    By the way what's.your.depression story??

  26. I just gotta say I love you Emily and all that you've done on this channel I've been on a binge for the past 2 days

  27. My family only wants me to make happy artwork, and if I make something sad then they ask me if I need to go to a mental hospital, when in reality I just want to talk to them, yes I have people to talk to, I just keep it inside of me because I don't want to bother anyone, so thank you Emily! This video helped me

  28. I love many artists but youre one of the ones i love. It gives my depression a kick in the butt and my brain a spark
    Andy_wears or elyon on instagram??

  29. Thank you for this video. I was afraid to check it out but it actually helped me see some way to work through my lower moment sometimes 🙂

  30. This video was so important for me to see and I'm so glad you did it. People always seemed confused when i couldn't art during depression or other mental illness passages in my life. This is super reasurring. I miss your videos, especially sketchbook story times. Hope you're doing ok! x

  31. Thank you. I was drawing in my wreck this journal. A donut actually. Today is one of those good days you were talking about, despite some thing sleeping me down and stressing me out. I think it's weird too, because I always randomly watch your channel, while it is still consistent. For some reason, the fact that I say down and looked up Emily Artful today specifically, really helped. So yeah, thank you Emily.

  32. Thought I should comment on your most recent video. Remember when you made the video talking about how you wont negotiate on the price of your art? Look where you are now. Guess you can't always be right. Right?

  33. I really needed this. I want to get into introspective art therapy and this video was a big help. Thank you. I have a counselor, but there are things I still don't feel comfortable with sharing. Things I still want to express just for myself and put on paper. Drawing for self-care has been difficult as that inner critic still wants everything to be perfect and I get frustrated with my art, which only causes more stress. But I'm working on allowing myself to let go of the perfectionist in me.

  34. This made me almost cry because I am going through a tough time and this really made me feel better and is currently helping me to understand and know something to think about or do when I feel like doing something if not anything in art. Thank you so much! I love you so much!!!??

  35. I have BPD, I have been feeling so bad lately for no reason, I haven't picked up a sketchbook in months. I have even set up all my art supplies, picked up a pencil and literally couldn't put pencil to paper and I just cried even though 10 minutes before I was ready and willing. I can't stand having BPD my mood is like a light being flicked on and off, I can feel fine one moment then the next I want to smash everything to pieces then want to cry then be happy again, all in the space of an hour. This, as an artist is unbelievably frustrating which starts the cycle of mood swings again making it so difficult to do anything. Art and gaming really do help, if I can push through but lately it's been increasingly more difficult, I don't think my antidepressants nor my antipsychotics are working too well and I can't get a doctors appointment until after Christmas!!! The receptionist told me that I'm not an emergency so they can't fit me in. The NHS is highly screwed up

  36. ive been stressed from being in a partial hospitalization program due to my bad depression, this helped a lot ☺️ thank you

  37. im goona make a sketch book and use everthing you have said and poor it into this book and make somthing out of the drops of your words …. Thank you

  38. Really good video, I have rarely heard anyone talk about how depression can rob artists of creativity rather than inspire it. In my darkest times I create the least. I'll try to work on a sketchbook. Thanks.

  39. I suffered from mental health badly this year and couldn't draw for a month and cried because I wasn't capable of holding a pencil.
    I'm drawing a lot more now and feeling better.

  40. Thank you for this video.
    I was diagnosed with depression back when I was in jr high and I was able to work through it and was doing well for a long time. But my life has gotten pretty hectic and I feel it creeping back. I'm really trying to take care of myself and this video helped alot to put some things into perspective ❤

  41. I love this video. I’ve had depression, anxiety and paranoia for about 5 years and I am actually too sick to work because of it. So I usually just draw and draw and draw. It may be pictures from Disney or pictures from Pinterest but I find that it’s better than no picture at all. Artwork is my BIGGEST escape. I don’t like to show my illness because I’ve been judged so many times, it’s not worth the arguments. But there are people out there who do understand. Some days I don’t wanna draw, I just don’t have the energy or the inspiration to do it BUT I always look for ideas around the net and books.

    Thank you so much Emily for helping me realise that it’s OKAY to not draw on days you can’t function. I get told that its not an excuse so often.

    Thank you for highlighting that we all have ways to get through the hard times. I love your channel and I love how your artwork had inspired me and have helped me in days I want to jump off the roof of my house. Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️

  42. I loved this, thank you.. I’ve been so lost for the past 3-4 years. Still creating art but not being as enthusiastic about it anymore… it turned into a job, I want to love it again

  43. I always come back to watch this video over again. It's so helpful and encouraging, I wish I could thumbs up more than once.

  44. Awesome video Emily! And also, great advice. I might use in the future sometime!

    btw, are you gonna make more sketchbook storytimes?❤?

  45. I have a kind of dump sketchbook where I sketch whatever feels appropriate at the time. I try really hard to keep it to myself, but sometimes, my friends and family want to go through it and that makes it difficult. I love my friends and my family, but I don't know how to tell them that this sketchbook is only for me.

  46. Think you as a very young artist this has helped me I can’t think you enough and you are amazing at what you do

  47. I needed this 2 years ago. 🙂
    I'm glad I decided to Pull through.
    I learned a lot from your channel. I deeply respect you Emily.
    Im not trying to creepy I do respect you.

  48. This video was really helpful. Depression has really taken a lot out of me. I like drawing and kind of want to do it, but lately, for a long time now, I have no motivation or energy to draw whatsoever. I seriously simply can't bring myself to do it… But because of this video I am thinking of starting my private journal/sketch book now. See what happens, see if it works for me. Thank you very much for this video Emily!

  49. I have a more "mild" depression were I always have a really deep sadness and "fun" activities aren't as fun anymore. I am socially awkward, cant start conversations, have 2 friends (my two friends have like 1000 other friends), and anti social AKA Introvert. I have takin your advice, I am now going to start a personal sketchbook for my depression. This truly helped me both mentally and emotionally. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

  50. I'm not an artis. Nope. I do enjoy drawing a lot. And when I was in the darkest point in my life (drugs didn't kick in yet) and couldn't sleep going threw all this mess of emotions and thoughts I would get up and release it threw drawing. It was so therepeutic to go threw that process to calm myself and be able to sleep just for few hours….

  51. I love drawing and I don't think I have depression but i have a low mood most of the time. But drawing makes me stress out more because when I make an mistake I RAGE

  52. I hate it when people say they have "depression". As a person who struggles in and out of it, I can tell if it's fake most of the time. Let me tell, you DON'T want it. It doesn't make you better, it's not a personality trait. It's not a club that I want you to be a part of. Some days I'm genuinely annoyed by the fact I exist. Please, don't be like me. Don't let this fake depression lead you into a real one.

  53. Hi
    I have depression and a lot of different mental health issues. Not only did this video help me but everything on this channel helps me. It is nice to see someone who is strong enough to talk about things that places like YouTube dose not what people see or hear.

  54. This video you released on my 18th birthday and I'm currently across Canada in Nova Scotia attending art university (I'm from Vancouver BC). school is hard. going to school for art is insanely difficult, not only skill wise, but mental health wise. I am working almost full time while in school and haven't created anything for myself in months. except now. I've watched this video so many times and it touched me and has helped me overcome my depression day by day and little by little. I have conquered many small battles with myself. thank you emily

  55. K so

    Some realy advice pls

    Im to scared to tell my family that im depressed. But when i brought it up. My grandmother raised her hand at my face and threatened to hit me if i wasnt joking
    And advice. I dont know what to do

  56. Thank you so much it encouraged me to pick up my sketch book after I think two months of not drawing anything. All I did was a simple sphere with shading, but it brought me back to thinking about the lighting and the shading and just to take a step back from life.

  57. Idk y this hits different I always feel like I have to draw a certain way so if people see it they will like it, but sometimes I just want to scribble out how I feel on the inside. idk y but this was a really helpful video and really inspired me to try something new 🙂

  58. Hi Emily. I’ve been watching your channel for a while and I love your art. It’s amazing and I admire you when it comes to your story times and your art. I’m more of a digital artist myself. If you are available too, I’d like some advice. Is there a way I can contact you privately?

  59. I've been in an art block for a few months, and I want to get out of it, but any time I sit down to draw, I feel it's pointless, like I don't have any joy drawing anymore. I've flung myself into music and creating it. I spend hours and hours playing instruments to distract myself, but I can't just sit down and relax and draw anymore

  60. Honestly, I've had a really tough time recently and I can't bring myself to draw anything at all. I have that urge to, but the moment I pull out my sketchbook or stylus and computer, I can't seem to find the motivation to actually do anything. All I've really been able to do is go to school, work, then sleep. No worries, I've always been able to work through this before, but here recently, there are some days where I really am unsure of my self worth and the point of anything.

  61. I recently discovered your channel and stumbled across this video in particular at just the right time. Just hearing someone say it's okay and that I don't have to feel guilty about struggling or not having the desire to create is exactly what I needed. Thank you. Looking forward to giving the sketchbook a try <3

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