Depressed because your art sucks?
I feel you.
I often feel like my own art does not live up to what I want it to be.
I wish I had constructive advice for you, but I’m in the same boat.
Because Google is not that helpful when you type “my art sucks” into it, I have collected some better links on the topic. Read, and know at least that other people feel the same as you do, and we’re all card-carrying members of the Artists Who Suck club.
Soak in those bitter words and grow from them.
— this post from 606 Studios in 2007
A note on the discussion in the above link: thinking you suck may be made worse by clinical depression. Getting treated for it will keep you from doing self-destructive things that will not help you or your art. So if that sounds like you, please get medical help. The myth of the tormented artist is just a myth – don’t try to live it.
Invite your muse to party.
— this page at an embroidery blog
Check out the page above and its original embroidery – the mandrake root in particular.
This design I’m going to do right now is going to suck. But I don’t care and I’m going to create it anyways because I want to see how bad it’s going to turn out.
Sometimes it works better not to try to convince yourself that you don’t suck, but to give yourself permission to suck – to be as bad as you possibly can, even TRY to be as bad as you can.
“Throughout my life, my willingness to fall flat on my face has been my most marked characteristic.”
— Veronica Chambers, from The Joy of Doing Things Badly
Don’t forget this:
Everybody who does interesting, creative work, went through a phase of years where they had really good taste but they could tell that what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be.
— Ira Glass, from this Zen Pencils cartoon
And remember your cat loves you no matter how much you suck.