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Plucked Feathers by Raayzel Plucked Feathers by Raayzel
"Stop plucking those feathers of yours, you'll only hurt yourself in the end."

I have one bad habit that i'd really liked to get rid of. Being a perfectionist.

It's horrible and stupid. It was once something i stupidly took pride in, but now it's only a setback for the things i wish to do well in. Because of this I end up stressing and hurting myself, wanting more each time and constantly pushing myself. Thinking this isn't good enough, i should be doing better or improving faster. It’s awful, but I just can’t seem to get rid of it.

Hey guys! Surprise!..i'm not dead. The past few months have just been really stressful for me. I drew this piece to relax, because i love drawing portraits the most. I tried to add a bit of symbolism(?) to it, but um yeah...

Ref used for birds [link] [link]
Wips on my tumblr: [link]
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:iconjuliabubik:
juliabubik Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wow, really wonderful
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InfinateWishes Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm a perfectionist about my art.. well most of the time.. I just can't get something perfect... Then I'll just quit.. So Most of the time I hardy have any drawings at all.. It stresses me out and I always wanna be better and it just makes me depressed about how I can't draw like someone else..Sad dummy Sad fayse. :meh: :slump: 
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Oh i definitely get that feeling a lot, usually it gets to the point where i just feel like giving up. But to get rid of it, i try to remember that those godly artists draw like its their life and it's all just perseverance in the end. You can go as slow as you want, as long as you draw for yourself and get to your goal at the end ^^ ///sorryifthiswasntmuchhelp ><
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InfinateWishes Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! It did help! Just remember! You are an amazing artist! I look forward to seeing more and more of your absolutely amazing works! <33 
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GwenledyrWaywardscy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, this is totally amazing!
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YumeHayami Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I feel the same way almost everyday I feel stressed about my art I really do wish I was farther than where I am. That's one of my fears that I hope I can get through too. I ish the best for you too! You really are an inspiration!!!!!!!!!
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
aw thank you so much, im honored! And don't worry, i'm pretty sure all artists suffer through that. It's a constant thing I have to deal with, wishing to better than where I am atm. But I just try to convince myself to relax and let time and practice do its thing ^^
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YumeHayami Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the words of encouragement & advice!!! and you're so welcome!!! I look forward to more of your art keep up the beautiful job<333:hug:
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
You're very welcome! ^U^ I hope we both manage those pesky thoughts that stop us from enjoying art hehe
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YumeHayami Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Omg yes please ; u ;
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ureshii-hm Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
aaaaw!! I want to draw that cute as you :3
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Lotusbitch Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Beautifully vibrant :love:
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HectorMcreyes Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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Gadgetsmith Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I Think perfectionism hinders & even ruins great art sometimes.

I've seen perfectionism hold People back, and worse yet, keep Them from developing Their Own Unique Style - They refused to see that the imperfections that definedTtheir Work made their work perfect.

I might just be talking about Me. Either way. this is really nice. And colourful. Well done.
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SirFerrick Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool and creepy.
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morfin1925 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
awesome *_______________* :heart:
the colors are gorgeous ( and hair :love: i love it :heart: )
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Absolutely stunning work <3 Gorgeous colours!
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Nyiana-sama Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
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shiori2525 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so colorful and truly amazing piece of work
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XIIIDarkAngel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!! I WANNA BE LIKE U!!!! 5*****
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GoGo-Ghosty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so stunning!
I love the raw emotion it conveys~
=3= it makes me wanna make beautiful art~♥♥♥

yeah, I am also a perfectionist...

It's so bad sometimes that I lose the will to draw, or work on anything (for the exact reasons you listed)
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But I'm <slowly> pushing past it!
I mean, I still think those things, and it kind of depresses me... but I seem to be able to ignore it, and continue working on art~

Good luck with your own battle! >: 3
I'm sure you'll be able to push past it as well :icononioncheer2plz:
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you so much! Good luck with as well to you!! ^U^
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GoGo-Ghosty Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome, and thanks~♥
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG this is absolutely STUNNING Ray!! ;A; the expression and the bird's colours + flying feathers + butterflies ahhhhhhhhhh wawawwwwhh *A* !! :heart: :heart: :heart:
I don't really understand how is it being a perfectionist, since I'm quite lazy and easy-going TT ^ TT I think it's admirable to make such efforts, however it's not good if Ray doesn't know how beautiful the results actually are. )': :iconblackheartplz:

how about listening a tiiinyyy bit more carefully? maybe you'll hear a "good, this is enough :')" little voice from your heart! :dummy: :heart:

and how Kurotsuchi Mayuri once said, "there is no such thing as absolute perfect in this world! " :iconmayuriwtfplz::evillaugh: or something like that sfdhsgf
ok I'm not suited talking about things I don't truly understand:iconcryforeverplz: BUT HAVE MY HUG !! :iconletmehugyouplz:
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thank you for your kind words uchuu!! I'll try listening more haha but im a bit deaf when it comes to those types of things :iconrainbowtearplz: :iconbrohugplz:
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HikariStudios Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May I use this as my desktop background?
It would fit just perfect~ :)
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Sure :')
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HikariStudios Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ *3*
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sillynumber Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
this is really amazing!
the colours are stunning
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KinaFay Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Being a perfectionist is actually admitting nothing is perfect, or that nothing is "enough". The best way to relax on the matter is to understand nothing (or nobody) needs to be perfect or enough. It just "is" :)
I know what you mean - I did that to myself, very bad (without being too much of a perfectionist - just a little). Be careful please, you don't want it to hit your physical world (health).

The art piece is fabulous. :heart:
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thank you, i'll try my best! ^^ It's hard though to remind myself enough is enough but yes i have to stop before it does affect my health D:
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KinaFay Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please do :)
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Clashe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
In the WIPs, is there a reason why you numbered the birds' wings?
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Their wings were originally going to be rulers, but the numbers were to small so i just scrapped the idea XD
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Clashe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
The mixing of colors and her facial expression are so gorgeous *_* Great art and message :)
Did you call it "plucked feathers" because being a perfectionist is almost counterproductive? Like someone criticizes him/herself so much that they are "plucking their feathers" and inhibiting true growth and flight?
either way, don't beat yourself up too much :hug:
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Thank you! :') Yup, ooh i'm glad you managed to get the title, hehe! ^U^ And thank you, i'll try not to too much :hug:
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notingAnotAboY Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
colours of Image is amazing! I love your Drawing.
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susanandb2st Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Oh wow this is really beautiful and I really love the colours on this!
The meaning is something that most people can relate to so it's really lovely to see that as the concept of here.
The girl looks pained and sad (?) sorry if I'm wrong it's just how interoperate this piece. The rose placed in one of her eyes seems really effective. The picture would have not been the same without the rose. The birds look really cute and pretty~ The colours you chose for them are really fitting.
I like it how the butterflies don't really stand out and doesn't really dominate the roses and allow the girl to have more spotlight.
Also the balance between the white and the colours of this picture really work out nicely~ The feathers are a really touch.
Keep up with the great artwork!
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Thank you very much! I'm really glad there are others who can relate to this piece :')
And yes, she's supposed to look sad, well i tried XD hehe
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Jay-The-Punk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I really like it! Having no back ground really works!!
Very colouful as always symbolism is done really well lots of colour in the eye again but it seems to work.
Not sure about the flower over the eye maybe it could of bee a flower in the reflection of the eye would of been more subtle and suited.

As for your problem it's all about balance and being you if that's what makes you, you then don't lose it at the same it if it's making a big problem in your life then something needs to be done. I always view things like this as a sharp knife the edge is sharp and is cutting through everything it touches even it's over cover. To solve the problem take the edge off the knife it can still cut but only when it's needed. So do that with yourself take the edge of perfectionist off you. How you do this is finish something then when you get that feeling of i need to add more to it i need to do this and that Put it away walk away from it and come back to it later see how you feel, or get someone's oppinion you trust to look at it or the situation. Just don't get too carried away trying to solve it. Hope this helps look on the net for solutions also but make sure they are proper websites approved by psychologists etc..
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Thank you! Hm, that sounds like a good idea, I should have done something like that but thinking about it now, it may have been too small to the point where it would not be seen. But i shall remember that next time ^^

And also, thank you for the advice. Being a perfectionist didn't really negatively affect me till now so i'm trying to change it, especially when it comes to art. I shall remember you words of advice and next time i get the urge to continuously edit a piece, i'll remember to walk away from it for a bit :')
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Jay-The-Punk Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
That's ok i just give out ideas. They don't always work. Ok that's fair enough. Maybe an idea that can be added to another piece.

That's ok it's what i do! :) well that's good then and also you deciding to do that was a step in the right direction. All i'm saying is just just try things to keep it all in balance. :)
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kiskavaya Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
It looks amazing, especially the hair and the bird :clap: I love it!
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shirohiru Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist
I always love your lovely coloring and concept ;___________; <333333333333333333
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
waah thank you shiro!! :iconaawwplz:
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Veruxka009 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
So beautiful!! I'm speechless!:O
:hug:
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CaptJackZodiac Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Glorious colors!
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aliursa Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Her eye is a flower!!
This is sooo Beautiful!! :squee: The colors, and detail is amazing!!
~Kay
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cautioncone16 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Looks awesome!
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SEVENR5 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oohhh...:D, that beautiful...:), I love how u color it..:love:
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