What if I continued ABC but without illustrations? I just don’t feel confident in my “art” anymore. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... 57 Comments Comment navigation Newer Comments → I always loved the art! I’d be sad to see articles without it, but I’d be even sadder without the articles altogether. You’re quite skilled. Not only that, but seeing your reimaginings or interpretations of folkloric creatures made my days and always inspired me as a mythologically-driven artist myself. It’s a shame you don’t see your own art the way I see it, but it WAS big reason why I started following you! I do hope to see more critters in 2020 🙂 Through art or through text, this blog will surely continue teaching. LikeLike Of course not, I love your art. It gives me the material to see the creatures in my mind! But I will understand if that is a burden to you 😞 LikeLike It is Art after all. You do it as you are inspired. What you’ve done so far is beautiful. Your talent is not just in drawing but in finding these creatures and writing about them so eloquently LikeLike I like the illustrations, but I also like the written descriptions. I can see how putting all of this together would be a lot of pressure. LikeLike I would still appreciate it, because the entries are always interesting. But I would miss the illustrations, because I love your art. LikeLike As a subscriber and possibly speaking for myself, I enjoy your illustrations. The drawings fill in those blanks that my lack of imagination may not. Still, the choice is yours… LikeLike I think the illustrations are beautiful and would miss them dearly if they went away, but if it’s making you unhappy to produce them, I don’t want you to suffer on our account. LikeLike If you feel that’s the way to go. But please don’t, i loved them. LikeLike No need for the quotations marks, there is nothing to be ashamed of in your art, but I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to feel like my art is no good. But that sounds absolutely fine by me. The research work you do is incredible in itself. I say go for it! And I’m pretty sure I can speak for pretty much everyone here when I say that it’s worth it. Trust me, your posts do more for me than you could think. I draw along and it gives me rythme and artistic structure. It’s like my (Mythical) Creature a Week. Hey, you could even start your own spin-off of that! So keep on going! LikeLike I certainly feel that your writing is valuable, and would love to keep reading about the creatures even if you don’t feel you can illustrate them. LikeLike I am very sorry to hear that. Of course, if you prefer to continue without illustrating anymore, you don’t have to feel obligated in any way, but the strength of your illustrations has always made ABC a little special. I can also say that I personally appreciate your work very much, but first of all they must make YOU satisfied. To date you have already made 312 color illustrations for ABC – I know ’cause I like and collect them – which are certainly a remarkable job so far. But I really hope you decide to think back on it and continue with the illustrated cards, which I find genuine and quality. Mathujoke LikeLike I am very sorry to hear that. Of course, if you prefer to continue without illustrating anymore, you don’t have to feel obligated in any way, but the strength of your illustrations has always made ABC a little special. I can also say that I personally appreciate your work very much, but first of all it must make YOU satisfied. To date you have already made 312 color illustrations for ABC – I know ’cause I like and collect them – which are certainly a remarkable job so far. But I hope you decide to think back about it and continue with the illustrated cards, which I find genuine and quality, that’s for real. Mathujoke LikeLike Please don’t feel bad. I for one admire your monster art. You managed to give a form to beings who are essentially formless. That is not an easy task. I also kind of understand how you feel unconfident with your art. I too have tried to create monsters (although I write instead of draw) similar to yourself but I at first I started to doubt that I made anything worth wild. But then after some advice from my loved ones I looked over what I made and saw something special. Please don’t give up On yourself. You have achieved something on a level that nobody can scoff at. Good luck and have fun. Sincerely a devoted fan. LikeLike Dude I literally just discovered this website and I love it and the art. The Art makes it, stop doubting yourself. LikeLike But why…? The illustrations were the best part! LikeLike Hey man, I get it. It happens to me too. That feeling you get that your art isn’t that interesting anymore. It’s a horrible feeling that makes you procrastinate and avoid working on your art. This is the reason I’ve abandoned dozens of projects, cause I wasn’t confident and I got tired of them. But the dedication you gave to this site and the effort you put into your drawings is phenomenal. Hell, the fact that you’ve made it this far is an achievement on its own. But if that’s how you feel, it’s fine. But my suggestion would be to try thinking outside the box. Give some unique touches to your art so they recognize it as yours. Try experimenting with different art styles and techniques. All I’m saying is you can keep going, you just have to find a proper spark of creativity. LikeLiked by 1 person I personally don’t see what the problem with your art is. It seems fine to me. If you really don’t want to do it then don’t but quite frankly there is nothing wrong with it and I think you should keep on doing it. LikeLike Whatever you feel comfortable with!!! I personally love your art, but I don’t want you to stress yourself out!! LikeLike I really enjoy the artwork, hope you continue with it! LikeLike I really enjoy the artwork, hope you continue! LikeLike No dude the illustrations are what makes it so fun LikeLike Dude no! The art is what makes it so interesting and it provides a visual aid to the information. LikeLike I love your art! LikeLike I see that you’re not in happy mood but I would still love to give my two cents. Seeing you’re illustrations gone would make me a tab bit sad but in the end of the day. It’s what you want. Plus if you want me to be honest I enjoy looking at you’re illustrations and it’s mostly why I continue to stay here. I still look at the writings because I also enjoy that at it would be a waste not reading something you put work into. I like this site a lot I never wanna leave it, and it would be a shame to see your illustrations gone. It’s what brought me here. LikeLike I have loved your artwork since I found this blog! But anyway, your blog, your rules!! LikeLike Love your blog and your artwork. It’s up to you obviously, but I think that your artwork is part of what makes the blog compelling. LikeLike I vote for illustration. It makes the posts much better. (And I think the “art” fulfills the purpose extremely well.) LikeLike I love the art, but I’m not a tremendously visual person so for me it’s always been secondary to the write-ups (except maybe the size comparisons), so if you’re more comfortable dropping it, I say go ahead. LikeLike I think your artworks are great! They’re really good at grounding fantastic beasts. Your style fits the concept perfectly, and I, for one, think it’s excellent. That said, as another commenter said, I’d rather have articles without illustrations than no articles at all. Perhaps you need to shake things up a little, maybe doing this will help. I wish all the best for you and I wish you get over whatever is bringing you down. LikeLike I’d still read it, but I’d probably miss the art. Nevermind what I or anyone else says, do what you feel is best LikeLike You’re an artist, a researcher and a writer. It is of course your decision, but do not doubt the value of your art – in all its forms. Thanks for your incredible work so far. LikeLiked by 1 person My 2¢ worth, as a fellow artist and sometimes-depressed person: If you’re not getting enjoyment out of the visual art right now, it might be good to give it a rest – but I would heartily advocate leaving the door open to resuming it whenever you’re moved to do so. If you like doing it, but you’re feeling it’s not good enough to share – so far as you’re able, don’t listen to that. It’s depression and/or imposter syndrome doing what they do best: telling hurtful lies. There’s no one else out there doing exactly what you do, which means you are the best there is at it. And if you keep going, and keep trying new things and paying attention, then you’ll keep being better at it than you used to be. You have an audience, and we like what you do. If it takes a different form because that’s what works best for you, that’s cool. We’ll still like it. But if it were to be diminished because you wish you were better at it, that would be sad. In any case: do you, and take care of you – and I’ll be over here hoping for more Creatures in whatever format. LikeLiked by 1 person I just found this page and have read stuff for an hour. The Art ist awesome, why would you think its not? I think you could even publish a book with this! LikeLike Don’t give up on your artwork and the illustrations with the facts about these amazing creatures. These articles without the illustrations just wouldn’t be the same again. I love your artwork and has given me great fascination about these creatures. LikeLike To be honest,just continue the articles as normal(with your drawings).even if you feell like your own art is not that great, is a good oportunity to improve LikeLike If I knew you in person I’d slap you for even THINKING your art isn’t a fantastic addition to the site- followed by a good slap for whoever put that thought in your head! LikeLike My man your ART is amazing. Its absolutely fantastic my man, dont let anyone, including yourself, get you down man Your illustrations are fecking great dude, i wish i could draw like you LikeLike I would miss them a lot, but I’ve been in this kinda situation too. At some point, everything is a routine, things are just too similar, and everything sounds better in your head that it can be on paper. I know that your art is amazing, and has gotten better and progressed over the years of ABC. If you need a break, I think that’s totally fair, but once you push yourself to get back to work, your artwork gets 10 times better. Rest, relax, take the day off; and the first sketch you doodle next will jolt your creativity back into full strength. LikeLike I came here to say I absolutely love your art and it helps me immensely in understanding the mythology the text describes. Please don’t stop drawing. LikeLike I think you should keep going with the art because it helps when there’s an image to help people visualize the creatures because some of them are hard to picture from just words. I’ve had moments when I don’t feel confident in my work but don’t let that stop you and besides it’s your website and your interpretations of the creatures. LikeLike Your art, along with your meticulous investigation of sources, is what makes this blog unique. It is at once accurate and creative, and it really helps me visualize the more obscure creatures. Also, compare your earliest efforts with the latest illustrations. The improvement you see can only be made one way–by perseverance. Please persevere. LikeLike The Art is what makes this Website what it is! You are a phenomenal artist and an inspiration to many, including me. I’ve spent hours just scrolling through lists of creatures gazing at the art and imagining the ways they would move and sound. Keep drawing, you Rock! LikeLike Really love your art, think it’s eally great, but if don’t feel about it, please keep updating us with the descriptions of theses wonderful creatures! LikeLike Love your site, and your art! Please continue if possible! 🙂 LikeLike I think your drawings really help the reader to understand these bizarre concepts. Even though we describe a thing, somethings, like the scale of the creatures, are too difficult to grasp to the average person. Your art doesnt need to be master pieces. They are exactly what we need. But this is not the first time you complain about your art. Is this because they are too troublesome to make? Or you are concerned that this site deserve some other thing? If is the first, is more than understandable for you to take a break or to stop all whatsoever. If is the second, dont you worrie about it. Really. LikeLike I just found your site and absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing your art and many cryptids of the world with us. I feel a bit late in the game to be saying this, but I greatly appreciate your articles and the art that goes with it. But I think we all completely understand if you need to stop doing the art aspects of this blog. LikeLike As someone who just discovered this page, I want you to know that what you do here is awesome. Even if you are discouraged, the things you create bring wonder to millions. I hope you can continue. LikeLike to echo what the last guy said, just found this site through a google whirlwind on ancient cultures and found myself thinking how its a shame that there arent more projects like this still going. Take it easy on yourself, you’ve done amazing things here. LikeLike Your art is Great!! A book with illustrations would be welcome. Too many monster books do not have illustrations and it’s just not the same. You make great art. It would be an awesome addition to any book. LikeLike Man your art is beautiful, besides it inspired me on making my pixel art (i wish i could drwa monsters like that :D) LikeLike Comment navigation Newer Comments → Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.