I’ve often, over the years, asked people ‘what do you think’ about this or that aspect of my art. Rare was the time I genuinely needed feedback or help to make a decision. Mostly I was unsure of my art & my choices. And this discussion was a way to avoid the actual work or completion of the piece.

Most of the time I already knew the answer.

When people responded, I knew whether their critique was relevant or accurate. Someone would kindly reply, and I’d know whether it was sensible or not.

This is not to say all feedback is unnecessary or useless. Sometimes another set of eyes can be extremely helpful.

As a comic creator, my choices can make the difference between a page making sense or not. Asking someone about a specific creative choice – like the arrangement of a panel or the placement of a word balloon – can be immensely helpful.

But asking about a specific creative choice is different from the generic What do you think? Sometimes feedback is necessary. Just not all the time.

What I’m saying, to every creative out there, is this: believe in yourself. Believe in your choices. Know why you’re asking for feedback.

You got this.

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Arp Laszlo

Hi, I’m Arp! I make comics and write about life as an Indian-American with late-diagnosis ADHD. I’m a self-taught and self-employed creator so I write a lot about art, learning, and entrepreneurial stuff that I’ve picked up along the way.

My stories are kinda weird, because that’s just how I am. My formative influences are Indian mythology, Batman, Tintin, 70s Bollywood, Ray Harryhausen, and Monty Python. There’s no way anything normal could come out of that, right?

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