You thought it was you
When you first started coloring, it was all about controlling color. How to make your strokes, how to fill in areas smoothly, how to blend.
And your projects turned out okay but they were missing something.
So you went looking for answers.
"Read my blog tutorial about depth!"
"Learn how to add shape to your stamp coloring!"
"Take my class where we use the right marker combinations to make your projects pop with dimension!"
So you did everything they said.
You bought the magical marker combinations. You added the special pens and pencils. You followed the recipes and instructions to a tee. You got so good at blending, layering, light sourcing, and shadow casting that now you can practically teach the class.
You're an intermediate level colorer. You've got the class certificates to prove it.
And yet your coloring is STILL missing something. It looks better than it used to... but it still doesn't look realistic.
So it must be you, right?
Maybe you're simply not as talented as everyone else.
Because really, after all this time and investment, what else could it be?