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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! I don't mind if people ask, but it's personal stuff....

How do you feel about people watching you draw? Any stories to tell..? :)

Peace, Love and Privacy,
~Blue x

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GlitchVanellope Featured By Owner 19 minutes ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
I like this drawing because looks like me, when my dad enter in my room and watch my drawings. (Seriously) when he watch I wanna kill he! (Sorry for my english)
KtheKreative Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Student General Artist
It makes me feel self-conscious, like the person will think I'm weird for what I'm drawing. -_-
deedoss Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  New Deviant
ugh i can relate
Kaiatheshapeshifter Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
I love to draw by hand and I am trying get use to not drawing on lined paper cause the lines help me leaghten things to the croect leagth for example legs same leagth. I also have a bit of a habibit of drawing on school papers bad habit I know bad habit,good thing school is over. 
Wildbery Featured By Owner Edited 16 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Hey, can I look through your sketchbook?"


"Why not?"

"Because I like to keep my art to myself, sorry."

Mad-Tile-4432 Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so paranoid about it that I always turn to be not visible also from the window... Which is at the second floor
anakure Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work!
neku0 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
i don't mind if she was my little sister who watchin me
Nightgaze01 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Ugh, I HATE it when people stalk me as I draw. People, even my buddies, tend to be reeeeeeeally judgmental and jump to conclusions. I was trying to draw two people side by side, and I always start with a circle guideline for the head, and this kid thought I was drawing something innappropriate. =(
Kaiatheshapeshifter Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
I understand that well sort of. I'm trying to get a lineless art jornel so anyways I understand the circle guide line thing cause I need a base for everything I draw or else it doesn't look like it doesn't have limbs or at least if it is a thing that does have limbs like a person or an animail. I do sort of have a habit of peaking into other peoples jornel cause of my curisoty. I'm trying to stop. I better stop this comment now or else it would be the leagth of a novel.
Nightgaze01 Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
Natural born writers, coming through! XD
CKDreamer Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It feels really akward when people creep behind me to watch,
even when they compliment me its still anoying but i smile anyways. Because i'm civilized LOL.
Shootindstargamer Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't like when people watch me draw in my school I just don't like it
Tuana-Pony Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me neither
Burlew Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't mind at all if people watch what I draw, and it makes me sad when they get upset when I want to see what they're doing.
SunnySparkle441 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"You might see more than you bargained for if you go staring at peoples thoughts"

Heh...I'm going to start saying that now when people say they just want to see what I'm drawing. It happens quite a's why I don't like drawing when there's other people around. People have no idea how frustrating it is when they insist that you let them go through your sketchbook...  :(

I recently took a drawing class at my college, and it was extremely frustrating and uncomfortable because we had to draw in class, where the teacher and other students see what your drawing. I get upset just thinking about it. I don't think I'll ever take another art class again. I'll just stick to online/book tutorials and tips from other artists. I did improve from the class, but just how constantly unnerving being in that class was outweighs the satisfaction of the little improvement I made.
Exilicca Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of my time at school and how I used to have pages ready in my sketchbook so that if anyone looked over I would turn to the page so they couldn't see what I'd actually been drawing. I did that because I found that letting people see the 'real me' through my drawings lead to me getting hurt.
I find that letting someone see anything precious or meaningful to you is giving them a tiny glimpse into your soul and if you're ridiculed or bullied for what they see then it hurts deep down, like opening up to someone and then them using it against you.
There is nothing more you can offer than to be yourself so when people don't like the real you, you're forced into putting up a charade or becoming someone else which is damaging and isolating to your true self, you become detached and this is how I felt throughout school. Not able to truly be me and not wanting to be anyone that I was not, this lead to many hours of solitude and finding solace in my only comforts like drawing that I wasn't going to let anyone destroy.
Thank you for the beautiful artwork, it's inspiring and it brought back a lot of feelings. 
PhineasandFerb07 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel the same! I hate when my older brother looks at what I'm drawing, cause he normally tries to startle me or take my pencil our of my hand so I mess it up.:(
SunnySparkle441 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's the worst! It's even worse if you make a dark pencil mark that you can't erase! :(
PhineasandFerb07 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah. One time he grabbed my shoulders and shook me and I accidentally tore the whole piece of paper.:(
jangirl183 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I feel exactly the same way!
LaFlem Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was really bothered by that some years ago,a lot actually,hopefully now I just don't care and have learned to let go of the fears.
I have nothing to hide,neither to myself neither to others,and I do not care anymore of the judgements than people's can have or what they think not only of my draws but of myself.
They can like me or dislike me that's not my problem,it's about them and themselves not me.
It's extremely liberator to let go off that,and you can have interesting things happening when you allow people to see and comment your draws openly and willingly (like on deviantart but in real life) even more during the process of drawing, when the point of view of someone else can give you new ideas and perspectives and the draw can therefor earn more depth and more richness.
In fact the less you fear the more creative and inspiring people's you will attract and the more the draw will be awesome.
Not technically but "spiritually" or "energetically" some would say.
On the contrary the more you put yourself in a state of stress and fear the more you are likely to attract people who will make bad critics and put you down,making the draw and yourself more miserable.
So if I have an advice for everyone who is bothered by that it's:
Let Go!
Yes it's hard at the beginning,yes you will have some bad critics along the way,but at the end,you and therefor your draws will take so much diversity and goodness from it,than you will feel much better.
About yourself and about showing your Draws even to total strangers 😉.
Cat-creep101 Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  New Deviant
One time a freind was watching me draw and he was talking aboute his dog and then after a while I noticed suddenly my self portrait had dog ears! Talk aboute embarrassing!
joeFJ Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I dont like it either. But im really glad you made this. Thought I was the only one who felt that way 
calicophoenix Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
I can relate. Not only because some of my stuff is personal, but it makes me nervous and I start making even more mistakes than I usually do when someone's watching.
Mariana-Chan44 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
I agree with you..
F0xyth3p1rat3f0x Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Same thing with me
Ilovemesobad Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
I hate when someone watches me while i draw :c
bobfun Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
I can relate to this. I'm extremely self-critical.
TeaCupPupsRule Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
Yea i hate it! I always say stop no you cant see!
Sketcaroo Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Everybody is sensitive about their work!
It doesn't matter if it's a drawing or writing or poetry,for me, i'm always very sensitive about it!
Caracless Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago   General Artist
I never really mind when someone watches me draw, unless it's personal.
But everyone else always minds XD
agtosu Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
Yes. Once someone in my class took my drawing and showed it to everyone. She then started flailing around like an idiot with my drawing still in her hand. @_@ I thought, "someone is going to die today." 
KabukusakiSan Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Love the colors, the contrast, the message... OMG Those hands, they are perfect!! (hands are evil TT-TT)

I guess we are more than I thought (people that dislike being watched while drawing) xD
x0SkylerBunnie0x Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is how I feel and what i do when people look at what I'm drawing and there like " What is that, a pony, wth? " or " Um. WHy do she have wings. you draw weird stuff. That's stupid. " I cri eveytim
happystarry Featured By Owner 6 days ago
mm... When I draw, it could honestly be anything at all. For the most part, I don't even notice when people are peering at whatever happens to be sketched on, but sometimes I write personal stuff and people get that look and I kind of scoot back like pleasedon'tdothatthanks.
There are a few people that I think I could live with them seeing my stuff...
but there are a few things you just aren't sure. I know the feeling. x3
shadow-inferno Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really dislike it when peoplw watch me draw, it makes me really uncomfortable.
I have one friend from who I don't mind it as much, maybe because she is an artist too
ladcat13 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I am constantly drawing sketches and things for the book I'm writing, "The Violet Wars". (It's on wattpad). I hate it when people look over my shoulder at the sketches and ask what they are because A) they're usually fluffy and senseless anyway B) I don't like how they all turn out and C) they want to know what it's from, and it would take ages to explain. Especially it happens to be a nude, or a sensual scene. "The Violet Wars" is a sensual story, so it makes sense that some drawings wouldn't be pg-13. But I get judged anyway. Ugh! And also, sometimes I'm not drawing stories, I'm expressing inner thoughts and nonsensical things that apply to me and me only. Introverts hate sharing those kinds of things.
Hydreigon057 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Student General Artist
I was once drawing a picture of a cute lil' pikachu for a girl I like and she, yes, SHE, came up behind me and asked what I was drawing xD
I was all like, "act smooth."  It was a birthday present for her because she said she didn't want anyone to buy her a gift.
I don't know if she knows I like her, but I do know she already has a bf she likes very much, and i even think he is a cool guy, so not much of a chance there :P
WolfOfTheMoons Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It really just depends on what I'm drawing. The majority of the time is just anatomy practice; mostly females. It actually makes me laugh when people ask why I'm drawing "naked people" and breasts. It's just part of the human body, and it's also MY sketchbook. I shouldn't be afraid to draw a nipple if I want to get better. Besides, I love the human body. It's beautiful.

If it is personal though, I won't let others look. Artists are supposed to express their feelings with simple lines, and some of those lines can be very secret.
Adrienne87 Featured By Owner Edited May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though she is my best friend, and also an artist... I still feel completely self conscious and anxiety ridden when she peers at my work. Stresses me out.

However, I once had a German gentleman, when I was living in Germany - visibly peer and strain his neck to look at my sketch... So I turned it towards him with wide accusatory eyes, and he said "Oh, sehr gut..." with a blush on his face. Haha.   
FlowerLillyLBP Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
It's very annoying when people ask me what I'm drawing.
Especially my mom.
There is a thing called personal space. XD
IzziFizzi Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
It kinda depends on what I'm drawing... If I'm drawing something that's not relevant or something, then it's fine. But, if I'm drawing something that relates to my mood, or something a little darker than that, I hate when people look. 
SerendipityDucky Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was in a class and I got up for less than a minute and I come back to see a girl (I talk to sometimes) looking through my sketchbook and showing some people my drawings. It was not fun lol and im not really someone who confronts the person.
abundalian Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
It happens sometimes, and I'm that type of girl that likes to be left-- alone.
I mean, it's okay for people to talk to me, just not when I am drawing or brainstorming something.
And also, I just really loathe it when someone sits next to me while I'm drawing (I don't know if I'm paranoid or what) but I feel as if they are judging my drawings (which are not... that good.)

But the most annoying thing is when they start to ask questions when it's not yet done.
I mean, could you please get your ass patient? Judge it later when it's done. Kirino Kousaka (Tsundere) [V1] 
XWintersBladeX Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It doesn't happen too much, but I can always see someone glancing at my sketch book out of the corner of my eye. I almost always pull it up and get all embarrassed because half the time its either reflecting my thoughts or feelings. Sometimes I'm ok with it though if its a friend or something, but even then I still try to hide it. Blush 
AeroKirby Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is me, always, at school ;_;
Sevolye Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student General Artist
I always have my sketchbook with me, especially in school, so I doodle a lot, especially because my best works come from just a pencil and a sheet of paper since I'm not that good digitally.^^ But yeah, people peering at my sketchbook... Ugh. Of course, when you're sitting at lunch and drawing instead of eating or talking, it draws attention. Still, drawing's have to be drawn the moment the thought or feeling comes to mind, not "saved for when no one's looking"...
AleynFei Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
I feel this 
That little dialogue is exactly why drawings are private
LieutenantPrank Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
god, i hate it when people looking over ur shoulder or demand to see your sketchbook. yes, people have actually demanded to see my sketchbook. it gets really annoying. 
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