For this journal entry I don't really have any answers. But now that I'm back into painting I've grown increasingly frustrated with my own skills. Sure, I keep improving, technically, but there's something missing that I can't pinpoint. Perhaps I'm being overly self-critical, but I do feel rather stuck. Perhaps that's why I keep redoing old pieces instead of coming up with new ones.
Writing-wise, I know that I can come up with somewhat original ideas. I know how to take stories and plots and make them my own. While it's far from perfect, I feel like I know what I need to improve it.
With painting... not so much. Some of my "art" feels boring. Some feels dull. Like I'm just going through the motions. With some exceptions they're just paintings. Not art, necessarily. Lifeless. And yet I cannot pinpoint exactly what is wrong. Is it the colours? The poses? The background? The composition? The character itself? Is it too static? I can see it in other people's art, but I just... Ugh. It feels as if I'm facing a wall that I need to get past, but I don't know how to do that. Sometimes I think I do, but it turns out to be wrong.
So I'm turning to you guys for help. How do you make your art go from "meh" to "wow"? I'm not thinking of technical skill here, though that of course plays a huge role in it, but that other ingredient that's far more subtle. Do you know of any tutorials or advice somewhere on the internet? Is there something that worked for you? I've googled, of course, but it's hard to find any good advice.
Any input or help would be greatly appreciated!