So I've been feeling stuck. I've felt this way for years, actually. I know very well that while my art is good, it's not really great. I just can't seem to achieve a "professional" look.
What is it about my art that keeps it from looking professional? What can I do to improve it? I spent thousands of dollars and hours at university trying to attain an attractive style, and although my skills were enhanced there, the attractive level of my art appears to have stayed the same. Professors looked at my final works and said they were great and there's nothing they would change. That sounds nice, but yet they never invited me to submit my art in any national competitions and I was not a favorite compared to some of my excellent fellow students who are now successful illustrators. What is my art missing? How can it become stronger?
This is not a pity party. I'm not feeling sorry for myself and I'm not hunting for sympathy. Yeah, I know I'm not supposed to compare myself to others la de da, but realistically, why shouldn't I compare myself to my peers? They're successful and I'm not, plain and simple. I need to figure out what's keeping my art from being successful. Since many of you guys have been watching my art for years (thank you so much!) perhaps you have suggestions for things you've noticed about my art that could be improved.
Or perhaps I'm just doing a terrible job at marketing myself...which is very true, actually. Any suggestions on ways I could market my work better? Or how to reach out to a larger audience?