Art is deeply personal. It comes from deep within; from our heart. We put a little bit of our soul, and maybe some blood, sweat, and tears in to creating something expressive and beautiful.
Then, someone comes along and rains all over our art parade.
Not everybody will like the art we create. This is a fact we know, but it still hurts when someone hates on our art. It hurts deeply.
Constructive criticism is one thing; it is necessary to make us a better artist. That can sting too.
But there is a distinctive difference between constructive criticism and just plain mean. We call those people, Haters. Dictionary definition of a hater is this: a person who thrives on showing hate toward, criticizing, or belittling other people or things, usually unfairly.
They are the ones who says our art is no good for the sake of saying it. They belittle our art for no good reason (even for reasons that defy logic as an artist). They say things like, “You will never make a living with your art.” They say you better not quite your day job for your art. They say a 6-year-old could paint better, sing better, dance better than you.
“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
I keep coming back to this quote. Truth.
Did you know Matisse studied to be a lawyer before a painter? He fell in love with painting after his mother bought him a paint set while recovering from appendicitis. He soon traded the courtroom for an art studio. His father was too happy about it either.
To express your art you must have courage. Courage to express it in the first place, and courage to block out the haters and naysayers of the world (including parents). Having courage isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to have. There is no Wizard of Oz handing out courage. So, how do we keep hurtful works from making us doubt ourself as an artist?
5 Tips for Dealing with Haters of Your Art:
- Remember what Taylor Swift sings: “Haters are gonna hate, hate, hate.” Haters will hate like it’s their day job. They hate for the sake of hating. It doesn’t matter if your art is unique, they will hate on it anyway. You may never know why.
- Consider this: are their comments relevant to your art, or is it personal? Are they saying something that would make your art better, or are they attacking you personally, without merit. Take the constructive criticism and leave the rest.
- Do more of what they hate. Nothing ticks haters off more than doing what you love.
- Don’t be a hater yourself. Don’t ever tear down another creative. Their art may not be ‘your cup of tea’, but remember being creative takes courage. Support those who are courageous.
- Remember it’s not your job to make everyone love your art. Your job is to create art you love. That’s all you can do.
Now, go create something awesome that you love.