What if I continued ABC but without illustrations? I just don’t feel confident in my “art” anymore.

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  1. 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.

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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

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  4. 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

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

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