I have had a couple nagging questions, and here is one of them: what do people draw (or write or photograph or et cetera) and why? How do you not feel self-conscious abut it?
I'm kind of paralyzed by self-consciousness.
I don't draw much of my original characters because it's awfully self-indulgent (read: masturbatory) to draw things only of interest to yourself and then throw it out there, making other people look at it (so... exhibitionistic?). It seems like posting it online implies that you think people should care (when, honestly, caring about other people's characters is like caring about other people's children: you only want to hear about them if you already know and like them, and even then, only when they actually do something of note).
I don't draw much fanart because I don't want to make people roll their eyes and go "oh look, another one" or have to see more self-indulgent drawings of things they don't care about.
I don't draw much in the way of amputees or bondage or fetish yaoi (despite knowing I have a few followers for it) because I don't want to turn people off, or have one of those accounts that's basically just porn and no substance. Or be seen
as full of porn and no substance, I suppose.
don't draw "personal pieces" or art pour l'art, because it's too pretentious. Not in general, I don't judge or have any problem with other people doing meaningful pictures or something with themes and symbolism, because it always comes off very genuine and heartfelt, but I would feel like such a charlatan because I have nothing worth saying.
I don't draw adoptables, despite wanting money (I likes money) because it's pretty much just spamming, and no one signed up for that. Maybe if I had an adoptables account.
About the only thing I do draw and put up here are commissions, requests, trades, contests, or the occasional gift - all pictures for other people. It's not that I have any deep abiding love for drawing other people's characters or anything, but that at least I don't have to justify, because it necessarily exists with a purpose. It's about all I can post without feeling guilty for foisting it on people.
I do have a feeling that feeling guilty for posting art might
not be the normal reaction.