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Being A Creative Is Hard

I just want to make cute prints and stickers and sprinkle everything with sun rays and glitter but it doesn't work like that apparently. I absolutely love creative people, creative businesses, small artists and illustrators, they're my complete inspiration and one day I want to be just like my favourites but I never realised just how difficult it is to get a community on your side.

Somebody once told me that ideas and inspiration are simply recycled. It's extremely hard to come up with something that has never been produced by somebody else, I'm not saying everything we make is copied or borrowed but there is always going to be somebody who has already done it. 
The important thing about being a creative individual is knowing what lines you can and can not cross, I've seen a lot of things on the internet which switches on huge flashing lights and alarm bells and nobody has said a thing but on the other hand I've witnessed people being accused of stealing someones work just because it has the same vibe!

Being a creative is genuinely hard, it's time consuming, questioning yourself if it's good enough, is it over priced? will somebody want to buy it? It's getting your work out their and spending hours perfecting every tiny detail. It's that sigh of relief when you sit back and look at the finished picture and thinking "Wow, I made that. I can't believe I made that!"

Recently I've been accused by a small community of stealing someones work and to be honest it was quite heart breaking because I'd never set out to copy or hurt anybody purposely. You can't draw a cake and then accuse somebody of stealing your work unless that cake has the exact same proportions and line work. There are thousands, millions of cake drawings in this world, there are thousands of art styles, water-colourists, painters, people who use markers, digital artists and plenty of others. Something may be similar and that is completely okay but unless you line something up side by side and they look identical then you can't go out of your way to tell that person you are stealing somebodies hard work. This is what people refuse to understand. And In the end looking at the images individually the art styles were completely different, they were similar by the objects I drew and the colour scheme, not the style or detail.

You'll always come across somebody who isn't happy with your work, they'll always be people who disapprove because they like somebody else's better but do you know what? That's okay. I am a creative, I use pinterest as my inspiration and I'm addicted to watercolour, cats, cacti and autumn and THAT'S OKAY. 

I will continue to work hard, I will have my bumps and falls but I will get there. 


  1. I'm so sorry to hear that sweets! You keep doing you my lovely xx

  2. I am so sorry to hear someone accused you of stealing someone else's work! That's awful. People really need to think and look deeper before saying cruel things like that. Like Maisie says, you do you. Ignore the haters! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

    1. Thank you aimee, I'll keep on being me!:) xx

  3. I'm a creative too so I totally agree with you! I'll be happy if we start following each other?:)


  4. Sorry to hear that girl, as long as you know you're in the right hopefully that's enough for you to keep your head held high! Being a creative is definitely a tough business to be in, but by the looks of it you're smashing it! Keep doing what you're doing x

    1. I am so, so sorry for the late response (oopsie!) You're right, I know that what I'm doing and the guidelines are right and that my creativity comes from the heart!

      I agree, it is hard and it's not just selling art its writing posts and editing photos too, it's difficult for us all! Luckily we do it because we enjoy it though! x

  5. With ups, comes downs in the creative industry- unfortunately. You're exactly right, though. Being "original" is something that is misunderstood. I've had the same thing happen to me on an old blog I had owned, where a blogger thought I "stole" her photography style. .... How am I supposed to hold the camera differently, please let me know???

    Besides, when I told my fellow bloggers & friends they laughed. I was confused, because this "huge" blogger had publicly attacked me and I was really worried about my reputation. My friends explained that it wasn't MY reputation to be ruined, it was hers. Why is this "huge" blogger worried about.. me? We're about 50k followers apart? LOL

    Anywho, keep doing you, Jem! You're not going to be able to please everybody- as much as you'd like to. The best thing to do in cases like these, is keep creating.

    Much love