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Don't watch me draw... by DestinyBlue Don't watch me draw... by DestinyBlue
She clutches her sketchbook to her chest as she sees you peering over. "S-sorry, I just wanted to see what you were drawing" you stammer as she frowns. "You might see more than you bargained for if you go staring at peoples thoughts" pouts the girl.

I bet you can imagine what inspired this! ;) I reaaallly dislike when someone stares or leans over me to see what I'm drawing; you would never dream of doing that if someone was writing their diary!

Took a lot longer than expected, and I'm happy with some bits but really dissatisfied with others.. heh, isn't it always like that though? :).

Feeling a bit rough today, so I won't elaborate other than to say hope everyone's content and the weather is treating you well! :O

Would be interested to know how you feel when people watch you draw. Do you mind it? Any stories to tell..? :)
Update: Thanks so much for sharing your stories everyone, nice to know I'm not alone in not enjoying being watched XD Appreciate your critiques as well, I plan on improving this piece in the future :hug:

Forever is over by DestinyBlueInspiration by DestinyBlueOur Depth by DestinyBlueImprint by DestinyBlueFriends set you Free by DestinyBlueDrawing's an Addiction by DestinyBlue

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Shirozuke Featured By Owner 2 hours ago
It's probably not the criticism I'm afraid of receiving when people look at me draw, but - same as you - the very fact that they are looking. I guess creating art really is an intimate and personal process that requires alone time to delve into your own world and bring out the best thoughts and colours and concepts. :D
KitsuneCoArt Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  New member
OMG I hate it when people look at my peronal drawings >n<
warriorsJAM Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so me! :D (Big Grin)  I hate it when people watch me draw so I usually only draw when I know I'm alone. I don't like the criticism, especially if they compare my art with theirs. That really bugs me .__.
VioletHue2001 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I always feel uncomfortable drawing with someone looking over my shoulder, I just don't like criticism
Ishyo Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Interface Designer
nhm I feel shy somehow...for the fear of not beeing good enough
and end up not doing as great as I would if alone
but never got irritaded...just like to show them after I'm done
XxLarzBarzxX Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Student Digital Artist
Sorry .. this is creepy but.. I was viewing your work yesterday night and I was looking at this one before I went to bed.. and I had a dream about this picture.. O_o I dreamt that she was looking down at her diary.. closed it and then looked up and smiled.. and .. that's all I remember. Bunny Emoji-68 (Bouncy) [V4] Heart Animation 

Maybe you could draw an animation like it was in my dream?! That'd be so cool. Epic La Llama Emoji-39 (Eager) [V2] 
Kuruumi Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaa yess I can relate!!
tlrlscl Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I had people watching me just today! Yes, it's totally discomforting. I don't see them, but I feel their presence, and they don't speak but I immediately notice every little thing that's wrong with my art. It makes me so self-conscious, and it's so hard trying to just ignore them! >_<
duckduck123 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
you cannot belive how alike we are.... yes ppl. do that lean thing to me to
Wild-Desert-Flower Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Student General Artist
This picture perfectly describes me when my professor is watching me draw. XD I get nervous and I don't like it how he watches when I draw (I guess because a professional is watching me and I'm...basically an amateur trying to get better) ^^; 
KawaiiNinjaRose22 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member
I love your drawings
ArtGuyCharlie Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In general, anytime I'm doing anything beyond a little doodling, I focus really hard on my art to the point that tune out everything else and don't really notice other people unless they're sitting next to me or at the same table (in which case they're most likely someone I like enough to not mind them watching. I'm pretty open with my friends emotionally, so I don't mind them watching). So the only time I've ever really been aware of someone watching me draw was if I was told later or if they start talking to me.

Whenever I'm told later it wierds me out a little, but more from the "someone was watching me and I didn't realize it" angle than the "stranger watching me draw" one. When someone talks to me while I'm drawing I immediately have a big "WTF don't do that" feeling. If they then proceed to say intelligent or insightful things to me, the WTF will be somewhat alleviated. But more often than not the WTF feeling gets agitated when they start saying stupid and meaningless stuff. Such as "Who's she?",  "What cartoon is she from?", "I can't even draw stick figures", "Oh yeah, that's the girl from that one show, right?" (more often than not, I'm drawing something original), "You should draw [random person I don't know]", "Do you draw porn?", and my personal biggest rage-inducer "You need to draw her titties bigger".          
Supraterminator Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my favorite portrait.
Agrin39 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
Wow. This is greatfull.
 All depends on how she/he watched, when I  was drawing.
LightWolfWarrior Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate it when people watch me draw. If they do, I slowly add shading just to stall until they walk away. :XD:
Viola-Player Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Same. Either shade or just look at them in a way that says, "Please. Out of way. Now" But in a nice way... ;-;
LightWolfWarrior Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Watching you 'cause you know where I'm coming from. ;o;
Viola-Player Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Aww thanks!
LightWolfWarrior Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure, thanks for returning them. :D
Viola-Player Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
No prob!
4nittie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
So true!
Winterfrost321 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I only let my dA friends at school peer over to see what I'm drawing. And my parents unless it's a surprise, otherwise I just hate it. And once my friend found out that I loved MLP and I was like, :(
LieutenantPrank Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ahh i do this all the time! 
OnikaALee Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's me XD
Warnstrom Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hate that too. Love the drawing though!
RebornAnimalz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
when I draw people ask "What the heck is that?" I'm really bad^^
OrielBonnet Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
About to comment how I feel just like that all the time when I'm drawing... when I see all the other comments say the same thing xD
ImmaUnicorn555 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  New member Student Traditional Artist
I can relate to this so much, whenever I'm trying to draw, my brother leans over me, and when I try to cover up what I'm drawing, he just says "I was just trying to see what you were drawing, geez."So annoying. 

Anyways, beautiful artwork, I absolutely love her eyes and expression.:love: remake II 
Jetty333 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015   Artist
I have the same feeling. I usually draw alone because of it >w< It's just those who try to give me tips or point out what looks funny in my drawing when I'm not even half done. It does get annoying after a while. 
Beautiful work, though! I love the shading, colors, and just the overall style! It's absolutely amazing!
Rakilonn Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahah same here. Their response was "why do you draw if you don't want people to see your drawings" "Because I like drawing >->"

There were also people who didn't recognize what I drew and that really pissed me off D:

Now it's less a problem but still.
snayku Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
I agree, it's extremely unpleasant when someone leans over my shoulder to see what I'm working on. Whether I'm writing a book or drawing; if I want you to see it I'll show it to you when it's finished. It just fills you with this uncomfortable feeling when someone stands over your shoulder; sometimes its just their presence that bothers you, other times its the intense shadow they cast over the piece. 

On an unrelated note, I think its really cute. Great job =)
WritingPastels Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  New member
That's me
Akhenamen Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
I agree with her. Drawing is a private thing, and people need to be left in peace when drawing. :nod:
Pika-Productions Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heh i sometimes feel like this when i try to draw
Ink-Deer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I agree with you on so many levels of the thought. What an artistic could be drawing is private
Aspiring-Awesomness Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist
One side of me loves the attention, but another side of me can totally relate XD
I'm especially annoyed when they try to make comments - I'm pretty sure I'm the one who knows most about my art!
Most of the time, I talk nonstop in lightningspeed about the picture: the character(s) in it, the stories, and so on... The information overload makes them look like this O.o and back off - It's hilarious :D
MsHoThEaD Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
i feel the same feels =P (Razz) 
foxIing Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i hate when someone stares over me (because i can often feel their stares and breathes down my neck) but i will let people look through my sketchbook if they ask for permission first. a girl at my school is just like "OOOH SKETCHBOOK" and she'll kinda slide it out from under my hands and flip through it when i was in the middle of working on something. ^^; like "did i give you permission no lol"
CoozyAyuna Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely hate it when someone looks at my drawings.
But somehow it doesn't bother me that much if that person is someone I know very well.
Mona-Lisa-Motus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful illustartion and very interesting subject. ^^
For me it depend of why I'm drawing at this moment. Usually i don't mind, I'm in my own world and sometimes thougts of my friends can help me and it make us talk about different subjects. (I remember a little boy who came to watch me drawing the eiffel tower. It was funny and I talked with his family). I like to share this little time of happiness... But I need a certain distance or else I'll go crazy. And when I'm drawing out of rage or sadness I close the door of my room to be certain no one will come to see the process. 
kawaii-neko-chan-san Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist
haha i know what shes feeling XD nice work ^.^
CantThinkAnyNames Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
I love all your artwork. I am not really good at pictures, so I write, but these are great
Iackner Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im glad im not alone ú v ù''
BlueSkies1117 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Artist
I feel the same. Very nice work :) 
dottiii Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Nice piece! I'm wondering, what brushes do you use for this? I'm looking for some brushes that can help with with my digital painting :D
kangaroozieloo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this
CreamPuff1126 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree, it's so annoying when someone asks you what your drawing!
bearrawr Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is me whenever i draw.... all of my friends and some others (even the teacher sometimes) just comes over when im just drawing and its sorta annoying lol
AbbeyND Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student General Artist
This is me all the time!
animefreec Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I feel the same way with most anything I draw. My thought is- if I want you to see it I'll show it to you. I think the only person I wouldn't mind doing this is my fiance but he doesn't do it anyway because he knows how I feel about it. I get especially protective if it's something really personal, if it's a dark drawing that I'm doing to let out steam or pour my heart out or if the drawing if for the person peeking and I want it to be a surprise. I think I get most upset- and this has happened to me a few times, I'll be drawing in a public place and leave my sketchbook for a short while to go to the bathroom or something and come back to find a stranger pawing through my drawings! Then I almost feel like I want to beat them up for the invasion of privacy. "No, thats not ok, you need to leave now. I don't care if you think my drawings are good, what the hell do you think you're doing?!" is what I want to say. Maybe I overreact a bit but I am generally a fairly private person.
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